KUALA LUMPUR – The doctor who examined Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan after the latter had lodged a police report alleging he had been sodomised by Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has resurfaced to “set the record straight.”
Pusrawi Hospital’s Dr Mohamed Osman Abdul Hamid, reaffirmed statements he had made in a statutory declaration he had filed on June 28, saying that he had found no evidence of sodomy in his examination.
“I am standing by the SD that I have made. There have been a lot of media statements that have put me in a bad light both professionally and personally.
“Please be assured that I had merely done my job as a doctor. I am not involved in politics and I will always tell the truth,” Dr Mohamed Osman said at a press conference Thursday. He was accompanied by his lawyers M. Puravalen and Yusri Kamarudin at the Bar Council in Leboh Pasar Besar here.
His statutory declaration was leaked to Malaysia Today and published in the news portal on July 28, after which the Myanmar national took one month’s leave from the hospital and apparently fled the country.
The doctor said he has no knowledge of how his medical examination report on Mohd Saiful, who has alleged that he was sodomised by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, was circulated to the media and Internet.
“I don’t know how the information got out and I don’t know Mohd Saiful in a personal capacity.’ [more]
Star on line
BUKIT MERTAJAM: The imam who threw doubt on the validity of Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan’s oath came forward to speak voluntarily, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said.
Anwar said he was only informed of Ramlang Porigi’s intention to speak at his ceramah in Padang Ibu, Taman Guar Perahu on Sunday night one hour before the event.
“I don’t know him. I was informed just one hour before the function and I said, ‘What is he going to say?’ because this is in front of 10,000 people at our function. [more]
Financial Times, UK
By John Burton in Penang
Published: August 25 2008 17:50 | Last updated: August 25 2008 17:50
If all goes according to plan Anwar Ibrahim, the Malaysian opposition leader, will on Tuesday easily win a by-election in his old constituency and return to parliament after a 10-year absence.
The former deputy prime minister then wants to mount within three weeks a parliamentary coup against the National Front coalition government that has ruled Malaysia since independence from Britain half a century ago. He hopes to persuade at least 40 government legislators to cross the aisle to support a vote of no confidence.
But the strategy has been dogged by allegations of sodomy that, if proved, could strip Mr Anwar of the seat, and emerging signs of dissension within the ranks of the three-party opposition alliance he led to near-victory in general elections in March.
According to opinion polls the allegations are seen by many Malaysians as a desperate, last-ditch government attempt to derail Mr Anwar’s return to power. He says the charge is a fabrication, although his accuser, a 23-year-old aide, recently took the dramatic step of taking a sworn oath on the Koran that the allegation was true. [more]
IPSnews, by Baradan Kuppusamy
PERMATANG PAUH, Penang, Aug 22 (IPS) – Sleaze and race are dominating the by-election for this constituency where opposition leader and self-proclaimed prime minister-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim is fighting to return to parliament after a decade-long absence.
Anwar tells voters that if he elected he will be just one step away from toppling the government and replacing it with a new one that is free of racial discrimination and corruption. He proposes to do that by inducing defections from the ranks of the ruling Barisan Nasional (National Front coalition) or BN.
In response to Anwar’s challenge, the ruling coalition has unleashed money, patronage and the overwhelming control it has over mainstream media to convince the 58,000 voters in this constituency that Ibrahim is simply unfit to be anything, let alone the next prime minister.
Their main weapons in this campaign are sleaze and the manipulation of racial fears to influence the voters, 70 percent of whom are Muslim-Malays.
One matter persistently used in the campaign is the charge filed against Ibrahim on Jul. 26 that he sodomised a former aide, Saiful Bukhari Azlan. The trial starts on Sep. 13. [more]
Posted in Arrest, Barisan Nasional, Elections, Ethics, Politics, UMNO, vote rigging
Tagged Anwar Ibrahim, Barisan Nasional, Malays, Permatang Pauh, Race, Saiful Bukhari Azlan, Sleaze, UMNO
BUTTERWORTH: PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim should explain why he took Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan on an overseas trip if he claims that the latter is only a “pantry boy.”
Deputy Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin said PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail initially said Mohd Saiful was an aide, but later PKR strategist Saifuddin Nasution Ismail claimed that he was a “boy who makes coffee”.
“They say Mohd Saiful was not paid a fixed salary, and was merely a volunteer. But later in an interview with Malaysiakini, Anwar admitted taking Mohd Saiful on a trip abroad.
“This is what that puzzles me most. Who would take a coffee-making volunteer on a trip?” he said during an Umno Youth ceramah at Jalan Tenggiri, Seberang Jaya, on Wednesday night.
BUTTERWORTH: It is impossible for PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim could have seen the second medical report on his former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan who claimed he was sodomised by the PKR adviser.
Health Minister Datuk Liow Tiong Lai said the report was sent straight to the police from Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL).
“Even I, the Health Minister, have not seen it. It is not possible he has.
“It is also not true the report had been leaked out,” he said, discounting the possibility of an inside job. [more]
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KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) — Malaysia’s premier has backed the young man accusing opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim of sodomy, after the man visited a mosque to swear to his claims in an act criticised as a political stunt.
Anwar has said the allegations made by Mohamad Saiful Bukhari Azlan, a 23-year-old former aide, have been engineered by the government to prevent him from seizing power after landmark March elections.
Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi hit out at criticism of Mohamad Saiful after he was photographed last week at a city mosque, swearing on the Koran that he was telling the truth.
“According to Islam, an individual seeking justice should be respected, even though it may be a personal issue,” the premier said, according to the New Straits Times Monday.
“There are those who question his method and whether he is following the right procedure but in his heart he must have a clear intention,” Abdullah said.
“The incident must have been traumatic, otherwise he would not have lodged the police report.” [more]