SHAH ALAM: PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim has denied that he was the one speaking in several explosive short audio clips that have been circulating on social media today.
He said using derogatory words like “barua” (lackey) was not his style.
In the audio clips, a voice resembling that of Anwar admitted that he was behind PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli’s decision to contest the party’s deputy president’s post.
“That’s why I asked Rafizi to go against Azmin, as Azmin has become a ‘barua’ (lackey) to Mahathir,” the voice in the clips said.
Anwar said he would never use words like “barua”.
“Don’t be fooled by lies. I have listened to the recordings… the voice… eeeh,” he said when met at a ceramah in Bandar Puteri here.
The explosive audio clips are believed to be not more than three days old as a reference was made to Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s decision to helm Khazanah Nasional Berhad following the exit of its board members. This was only announced on Monday.
The same voice said in a separate audio clip: “In the past, he accused me of sodomy… did he forget… about the forex case, RM30 billion”, referring to the forex scandal of the 1990s during Mahathir’s first term as prime minister and Anwar’s infamous sodomy trials.
Earlier, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad had said he did not want to interfere in PKR’s internal affairs and did not want to interfere in any rivalry between Anwar and Azmin.
Anwar has announced he would be going for the president’s post in the upcoming PKR elections.
Azmin has not announced whether he would defend his deputy president’s post against vice-president Rafizi Ramli or go for the presidency.
Meanwhile, at another ceramah in Klang as he campaigned for PKR’s candidate in the Sungai Kandis by-election, Anwar did not dismiss the possibility that he might contest for a parliamentary seat in the near future.
“We do not determine the by-elections. It is fated.
“Who knows, in one or two months, I may stand for a parliamentary seat,” he said.