I knew about assault claim months ago, says Anwar

PKR president Anwar Ibrahim.

KUALA LUMPUR: PKR president Anwar Ibrahim today dismissed claims that he had committed an “assault” against 26-year-old Muhammed Yusoff Rawther, saying he knew about the matter months ago and that it was a ploy to tarnish his reputation ahead of the party’s national congress this weekend.

Speaking in a press conference at Parliament, he said he anticipated more accusations of the kind in the days to come.

“I wouldn’t be surprised, because the level of gutter politics being played and becoming a culture in this country is disgusting.

“I heard about this months ago, it is not new,” he said, adding that there had also been attempts to influence or bribe him in relation to the issue.

“This is politics at its worst, and it requires tenacity of purpose and courage of conviction to move on with the bigger agenda.”

Yusoff claimed yesterday that a senior politician had committed a crime against him which he described as “un-Islamic, vile, insidious and morally repugnant”.

However, he withheld further details saying they were part of a statutory declaration by him which had yet to be made public.

He made the accusation at a press conference criticising authorities for not taking action over police reports he filed against Perak PKR chief Farhash Wafa Salvador Rizal Mubarak earlier this year.

Yusoff, the grandson of late Penang consumer advocate SM Mohamed Idris, had accused Farhash, who is Anwar’s political secretary, of assaulting him in May at the PKR president’s office in Petaling Jaya.

He said he believed the lack of action over the assault was linked to an incident involving Anwar which took place in October last year.

In a statement to the media today, though, Anwar strongly denied the claim which he called slanderous.

He also said he would lodge a police report on the matter, adding that lawyer Ramkarpal Singh had issued a seven-day notice of demand for Yusoff to retract his claim.