The Zairil-Dyana Scandal

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Zairil rubbishes intimate photos, Dyana reacts with FB post and speculation on Zairil’s parentage

  • DAP steering clear of scandal
  • 5 photos on social media
  • Dyana neither denies nor confirms
  • Zairil actually Christopher Ross Lim?

DAP is steering clear of the ongoing photo scandal involving Zairil Khir Johari and Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud.

The New Straits Times reported that State DAP chairman Chow Kon Yeow said Zairil had requested that he be allowed to solve the purported fake photo issue himself, as it was seen as a personal attack involving him.

“He appeared before Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng on Tuesday afternoon and he said he will handle the matters by himself,” Chow said.

Five photos of a couple, alleged to be Zairil and Dyana, have gone viral on social media, showing them being intimate.

Dyana did not deny or confirm whether she was the one in the picture but Zairil had denied it was him.

“It’s not me, it’s really nonsense. There are stories about me every day. It’s never-ending,” Zairil said.

This was the third incident of videos and photos resembling the duo circulated on social media over the past several months.

Meanwhile, Penang Gerakan urged Zairil to lodge a police report on the matter.

Zairil, who holds a bachelor’s degree in Information Systems Engineering and a Master of Arts from the University of London, started RND Chocolate Labs where he was the CEO until he left the company in 2010 to pursue politics full-time. He has been the MP for Bukit Bendera since 2013, being one of the youngest candidates to win a Parliamentary seat during the 13th General Elections.

The Malay Mail reported that in 2014, the father of two was accused of having an affair with DAP colleague Dyana after intimate pictures of a couple that looked like them began emerging on social media and blogs.

Both denied the authenticity of the photos, calling it gutter politics, with Zairil threatening legal action against the culprits responsible for posting the pictures.

Besides rumours about the videos and photos, there has been speculation on Zairil’s parentage. He is known as the son of the late Tan Sri Khir Johari, who was an MP and minister in the Malaysian cabinet from the 1950s to 1980s, but Malaysia Today alleged that his name is not Zairil Khir Johari but Christopher Ross Lim and that he is not a Malay-Muslim but a Christian.

Dyana was admitted to the Malaysian Bar in 2011. She was the DAP candidate in the by-election for the Teluk Intan parliamentary seat in 2014. Back then, photos of a bikini-clad woman alleged to be Dyana were circulated. It was later clarified that the photos were of a Filipino actress.

In this latest photo episode, Dyana has reacted by posting a Facebook message.