By Shazwan Mustafa Kamal
March 08, 2011
KUALA LUMPUR, March 8 — Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim lashed out at Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed over various accusations made against him in the former prime minister’s newly-published autobiography.“Dr Mahathir: (a) blatant liar (with) Selective amnesia..” Anwar told The Malaysian Insider via email today.
The country’s longest-serving PM said in his autobiography out today that Anwar did not deny accusations of sodomy before being sacked as deputy prime minister and should have succeeded him as prime minister if not for his own actions.
Dr Mahathir, who stepped down in 2003, said that when Anwar was hauled up before the Umno supreme council, he “never once referred to the question of homosexuality, focusing only on the affairs with women.”
In the book, Dr Mahathir also claimed that he had met four girls who said they were propositioned by Anwar for sex.
In response, Anwar said that Dr Mahathir’s allegations were not new, and that he had consistently denied them since before he was sacked as deputy prime minister.
“I had denied the allegations publicly (refer to media) since 1997.
“His ref(erence) to the 4 women — I denied,” said the PKR defacto leader.
Anwar also said that it was within the context of his denial in propositioning the four women for sex that he did not comment on the sodomy accusations.
“In that context I didn’t mention “sodomy,” Anwar told The Malaysian Insider.
Anwar was subsequently sacked from government before being charged and jailed for sodomy and corruption.
In his book, Dr Mahathir wrote that he had dismissed Anwar as deputy prime minister and likely successor for two reasons- “he was unsuitable to continue serving in the government and he was unsuitable to succeed me as prime minister.”
Anwar however claimed today that his sacking as DPM was due to decisions made by him as the country’s number two leader at the time.
“The reason for dismissal:
My decision for price waterhouse coopers to investigate financial malfinance of Tan Sri Eric Chia and Perwaja,” said Anwar.
Anwar also said that Dr Mahathir saw his as a threat at the time, and was afraid of being challenged, as he (Anwar) knew about the corruption within Dr Mahathir’s own family.
“ (The) fear of being challenged; Shares and contracts to Mokhzani (Mahathir) and Mukhriz (Mahathir) and bailout for Mirzan (Mahathir),” Anwar added.
Dr Mahathir, who was PM from 1981 to 2003, wrote that when Anwar “declared that he had done nothing unusual and insisted that everyone, including all the supreme council members, had done such things” when defending himself before Umno’s top leadership.
In the book titled “A Doctor in the House: The Memoirs of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad,” he said that he had first been told about Anwar’s alleged homosexual activities in the early 1990s by then police chief Tun Hanif Omar.
Now the parliamentary opposition leader, Anwar was found guilty of corruption in 1999 and sodomy the next year.
He was jailed for six years before the Federal Court overturned his conviction for sodomy.
Four years later, he led the opposition pact to record gains in the March 2008 general election, denying Barisan Nasional its customary two-thirds majority of Parliament and seizing five states.
Anwar is now being tried for sodomy again, nearly three years after his former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan first claimed to be the Permatang Pauh MP’s victim.
Ulasan: Dr M was at that time was the Malaysia PM. His machinery made all out attempts to discredit Anwar via media and the kangaroo courts. But Dr M did not go to the court as a witness.
Dr M pada waktu itu adalah PM Malaysia. Semua jenteranya @ jabatan kerajaan berusaha bersungguh-sungguh untuk memalukan Anwar melalui media dan juga mahkamah buatan. Antaranya berminggu-minggu tilam diusung polis keluar masuk mahkamah sebagai bukti. Semasa proses penghakiman dijalankan pada tahun 98/99…apabila pihak pembela mahukan beliau ke mahkamah untuk dijadikan saksi…beliau mengelak (http://no2umno.wordpress.com/category/belit-mahathir/). Apa hukum menuduh orang tanpa saksi?