Enough already with sodomy claims, try something else, Anwar tells Umno man

PKR’s Port Dickson candidate Anwar Ibrahim (third from left) in a press conference at the PKR operations centre in Port Dickson.

PORT DICKSON: PKR’s Port Dickson candidate Anwar Ibrahim today advised Umno Supreme Council member Lokman Noor Adam to look for new ways to criticise him instead of harping on the issue of sodomy.

Speaking in a press conference at the PKR operations centre here, he said he had been on the receiving end of false accusations for the past 20 years. “(I think) that’s enough,” he added.

He said if Lokman wanted to continue hurling accusations at him, he should “find new ideas”.

“Denials have already been made. If he still had morals, he would issue an apology.”

It was reported yesterday that Lokman had accused Anwar of recently sodomising an Indonesian student in Singapore. Lokman said the matter had been reported by news portal Berita Mediacorp.

However, the portal denied this and Lokman has since deleted the accusation from his Facebook page.

Lembah Pantai MP and PKR communications director Fahmi Fadzil said he had lodged a police report on the matter.

“I made this report because it was a very bad thing to do,” he said. “I have asked the authorities to take action because it looks as if he (Lokman) will make more statements like this.”

When asked if PKR would take action against Lokman, Fahmi said it would adopt a wait-and-see approach.

“The party that should take action against Lokman is Mediacorp,” he added. “It was a wild accusation by Umno which didn’t even want to contest because it was too scared.”

Meanwhile, when asked about the apparent absence of PKR leaders in Port Dickson, Anwar said he had told these leaders not to forget their responsibility to be part of the by-election.

“I have advised them, even if they are busy with the party election now, they should not neglect their responsibility to help the party and the candidates during the campaign period for the by-election.”

He also responded to questions on PAS, which recently accused him of being inconsistent in his religious views, saying its president Abdul Hadi Awang himself should be consistent in his statements.

“During Pakatan Rakyat’s time, it was okay for me to visit Indian temples. Why can’t I do this now?

“PAS followed me into temples too, then. I don’t see anything wrong with it because I am not praying with them or accompanying them in their prayers,” he said.

On the new five-star hotel project to be built in Port Dickson, Anwar said it would be constructed on an existing site.

He said he had received proposals on existing properties which had been partially completed or abandoned. These, he would submit to the state government for its consideration, he said.

“Some are private and some are state-run. There are already three proposals. But this must be seen in a more comprehensive light. They will do it if they see there is a commitment to build and promote Port Dickson.”

Anwar, who is the PKR president-elect, had announced the hotel project yesterday, saying it was part of a tourism venture with a private developer.

The Port Dickson seat was vacated by its MP Danyal Balagopal Abdullah to pave the way for Anwar’s attempt to return to Parliament.

Danyal, a former naval officer, won the seat in the May 9 polls with 36,225 votes, beating Barisan Nasional’s VS Mogan (18,515 votes) and PAS’ Mahfuz Roslan (6,594 votes).

The Port Dickson by-election will see a seven-way fight between Anwar, Lt Col (R) Mohd Nazari Mokhtar (PAS) and four independent candidates – former Negeri Sembilan menteri besar Mohd Isa Abdul Samad, social media personalities Stevie Chan Keng Leong and Kan Chee Yuen as well as Anwar’s former personal assistant, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan.