Saiful launches fund to finance his PD by-election campaign

Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan.

PORT DICKSON: Controversial independent candidate Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan today appealed for election machinery funds.

Saiful, who is PKR candidate Anwar Ibrahim’s former political aide, said he was not backed or funded by anyone.

He said he did not have the advantage of a strong machinery, banners and posters.

“That’s why I have launched a fund to help me with my election machinery.

“All I have is inspiration and my love for the country. Even if you can only afford RM1, that is meaningful enough for me,” he said.

Saiful also questioned Anwar’s dignity, saying that he should be the one who should be ashamed of using the people’s money to contest in this by-election.

“Another person who does not have dignity is Danyal (former Port Dickson MP Danyal Balagopal Abdullah).

“People voted for him, gave him the mandate to be the MP here. Why is he saying that he will be the eyes and ears of Anwar?”

When asked if Anwar was the sole reason he was contesting in this by-election, Saiful dismissed that notion.

“I am contesting to restore political stability to the country.

“This is not about Anwar; this is about his actions. His action of using the people’s money for his own political agenda. I am estimating RM10 million just for this by-election to be conducted smoothly.

“And this is inconsistent with his party’s principles, which is against corruption.”

He then raised doubts about whether Anwar would have sufficient time as prime minister and for Port Dickson.

“If I am elected MP, I will be able to commit to Port Dickson and in Parliament,” he added.

In 2008, Saiful accused Anwar of sodomising him in an apartment in Damansara. Following a series of court trials and appeals, Anwar was found guilty by the Federal Court and subsequently sentenced to five years’ jail in February 2015.

A week after Pakatan Harapan’s victory in the May 9 polls, he was released after being granted a royal pardon.

The Port Dickson by-election was called after its incumbent, Danyal, stepped down to make way for Anwar’s return to Parliament.

The Oct 13 by-election will see a seven-cornered fight.