KUALA LUMPUR — February 2, 2017: Former Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar claimed in a high court today that a statement by Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin in 2008 portrayed him (Anwar) as a homosexual, with low moral values and having the tendency to commit crime and vice.
Anwar, 69, considered the speech by Khairy to be a personal attack against him and an insult.
“The statement was intended to picture me as a cheat, with low moral values and having the tendency to commit crime and vice,” he said when reading a witness statement before judge Azizul Azmi Adnan.
Anwar said the insinuation against him was intended to create a perception among the general public that he was guilty of sodomy.
“The statement by Khairy gave the impression that I am a person who is not qualified to hold any political post because I am regarded harmful to society and also intended to tarnish my image.
“The defendant purposely slandered me in Lembah Pantai because my daughter, Nurul Izzah, was announced as a candidate at that time. The offensive statement added the pain suffered by my family.”
Anwar filed the suit on March 7, 2008, claiming that Khairy had uttered defamatory words about him at a ceramah (talk) in Lembah Pantai on February 20, 2008.
He claimed that video clips of the speech were carried on online portals.
Lawyer Sarah Abishegam, representing Khairy, told the court that lead counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, would submit an application to call Khairy again to testify as there were new findings in Anwar’s witness statement.
On September 19 last year, Khairy, when testifying as the first witness, maintained that his speech did not refer to Anwar’s sodomy act.
Khairy stated that he did not defame Anwar but the speech contained a metaphor about Barisan Nasional’s campaign.
The hearing continues tomorrow. — Bernama