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PENANG, Malaysia (AFP) — Malaysia’s opposition figurehead Anwar Ibrahim on Sunday accused the government of using “dirty tricks” to disrupt his campaign to return to parliament in a by-election.
Anwar said the government had ordered its supporters to heckle him over allegations he sodomised a young male aide, which he has dismissed as a plot to derail his ambitions of seizing power.
And he said the ruling coalition was playing on tensions between Malaysia’s majority Malays and minority ethnic Chinese and Indians, by sending SMS text messages to Malay villagers slamming Anwar as an “agent of the Chinese”.
“These are dirty tactics. It is a malicious campaign on their part and is completely immoral,” he told a press conference.
“Look at our campaign slogan, it is “Reform” and “Independence”. But their leaders, led by (Deputy Premier) Najib Razak, asked them to shout ‘sodomy’ to our camp of supporters,” he said. [more]