THE Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Sandakan, Sabah, which last year gained infamy as consequence of being the location where a controversial gay sex video involving a person resembling a high profile minister was filmed, has today informed its staff of an impending closure on May 31.
In the video which went viral over social media and is still available for viewing on pornographic websites, former KEADILAN Santubong youth chief Haziq Abdullah Abdul Aziz admitted that he was one of the pair involved in the sex act, while alleging that his partner was the then Economic Affairs Minister Azmin Ali.
The act was alleged to have occurred prior to the Sandakan by-elections on May 11 last year, when the pair were there to campaign for Pakatan Harapan.
The presence of both Haziq and Azmin in Sandakan during that period to campaign for Pakatan Harapan has been confirmed.
However, Azmin has categorically denied his involvement in the video, while police investigations, including forensic screening of the video evidence have thus far been announced as unclear despite the efforts of several forensic labs abroad.
In the letter to staff signed by Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan general manager David Scully yesterday, the hotel informed staff of its closure due to due to the economic slump and lack of demand in recent months.
Hotels are among those severely affected following the Movement Control Order (MCO) to curb the Covid 19 pandemic enforced since March 18, which has resulted in their operations completely shut down since then.
A string of hotels across the country have already announced closures, with an industry with an estimated 1 million workforce left in a limbo.
As yet, there is no indication of when hotels will be able to resume full operations again.