KUALA LUMPUR, 2 Dec: The Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) de facto leader, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, urged the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, to apologise and retract the statements made against him.
Anwar said that Najib, during the Umno general assembly last week, claimed that he offered RM100 million to the Foreign Affairs Minister, Datuk Seri Anifah Aman, in an effort to bring him over to join Pakatan Rakyat (PR).
The accusation was made based on Anifah’s statement at the High Court, claiming that Anwar offered the reward by naming businessman Datuk Ishak Ismail as the middleman.
Ishak however denied making the offer yesterday, while Anifah’s represented personally visited him to persuade Anwar to withdraw the suit against him.
Anwar said that although the lawsuit trial against Anifah is underway, Najib has chosen to repeat the baseless allegation made by the minister.
“I now urge Najib to retract the false statement made during the Umno assembly and apologise to me and PR.
“Money politics and corruption has always been the symbol of Umno and BN, PR has never practiced it and will not tolerate money politics and corruption,” he stressed.
Anifah told the Kuala Lumpur High Court that he was offered RM100 million and the Deputy Prime Minister position by Anwar’s team to defect on November 27.
He said that the offer was made through Ishak, who is the former KFC Deputy President, to bring along 10 Sabah parliamentarians to join PR and form government in 2008.
Ishak however completely denied this matter and instead claimed that he approached Anifah’s middleman several months ago to persuade Anwar to withdraw the defamation suit yesterday.