FMT LETTER: From Anas Zubedy, via e-mail
Yesterday, Anwar Ibrahim and Chandra Muzaffar agreed to an out of Court settlement. Anwar sued Chandra on March 6, 2008. It was alleged that Chandra defamed him at a forum in Petaling Jaya on the March 3, 2008 on three counts.
That Chandra had opined that he( Anwar Ibrahim) would be an unmitigated disaster as Prime Minister of Malaysia.
Chandra accused him of deceiving the people through his Machiavellian politics.
That Chandra had alleged that Anwar had said that temple bells would not ring in a Hindu temple in the Kampung Rawa Dispute if the temple authorities did not abide by his rulings on the settlement of the said dispute.
Anwar withdrew the first two on Jan 14, 2013.
Chandra in his statement said: “When Anwar dropped the first and second claims which were the substantive claims against me last year, especially the first claim, I had contemplated retracting my third allegation which is what I did in Court this morning. Anwar for his part had accepted the retraction without costs, damages or an apology.” Read here.
However, Latheefa Koya announced at her press briefing after the settlement that Chandra Muzaffar “menarik balik keseluruhan kata-kata fitnah”. Watch here.
Here lies the irrationality.
As I have stated earlier, Anwar did ‘menarik balik keseluruhan ’ the first two of Chandra’s allegations. Following her logic, is she saying that her boss agrees that he would be an unmitigated disaster as Prime Minister who bends to deceive people with Machiavellian politics simply because he decided to drop the accusations? Or is this simply a desperately mindless and silly spin?