Man alleging ‘assault’ by politician served letter of demand

Lawyer Ramkarpal Singh says if it is proven that the man had prepared a statutory declaration alleging the assault, then civil action will be taken for defamation.

KUALA LUMPUR: PKR president Anwar Ibrahim has instructed legal counsel Ramkarpal Singh to serve a letter of demand on a 26-year-old man who had claimed he was “assaulted”.

Speaking to reporters at the Parliament lobby, Ramkarpal said Muhammed Yusoff Rawther, 26, had been given seven days to explain the statements made at a press conference yesterday.

He said Yusoff will also be asked to explain a statutory declaration (SD) he had supposedly prepared in which he detailed the assault.

“We seek an explanation asking him if he was the one who prepared the SD. If it was really him who had prepared the SD, then civil action will be taken, in particular on the grounds of defamation,” Ramkarpal said.

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

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

Muhammed Yusoff Rawther.

He made the accusation at a press conference where he also criticised authorities for not taking action over his previous police reports he filed against Perak PKR chief Farhash Wafa Salvador Rizal Mubarak earlier this year for assault at the PKR president’s office in Petaling Jaya.

Ramkarpal said Anwar had instructed that he take immediate action following Yusoff’s allegation.

In a statement today, Anwar had denied the allegations against him, calling them slanderous and an attempt to tarnish his reputation, ahead of the PKR national congress in Melaka this weekend.

“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.”