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Foreign Minister Anifah Aman has filed an additional defence that opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim had offered him cash to cross over to Pakatan Rakyat (PR) and in turn, bring down the Barisan Nasional (BN) government in 2008.
Despite facing a defamation suit by Anwar, Anifah, who is Kimanis MP, has also included in the statement of defence that the PKR de facto leader was of bad character and tarnished reputation even before filing the suit against him in May 2009.
Court documents sighted by The Malaysian Insider revealed that Anifah relied on allegations of Anwar being corrupt and had homosexual tendency to mitigate his losses should the court find the Sabah politician liable for defamation.
Anifah’s application would be heard before judicial commissioner Siti Khadijah S. Hassan Badjenid on January 5.
Meanwhile, lawyer Latheefa Koya, who is in Anwar’s legal team, said his client would contest the application by Anifah.
On November 27, Anifah told the Kuala Lumpur High Court that businessman Datuk Ishak Ismail, a close associate of Anwar, had offered him RM100 million to bring 10 members of Parliaments from Sabah to join PR and topple the BN federal government.
The foreign minister had said he felt cheap when the offer was made by Ishak, a former KFC deputy executive chairman at the Hilton Kuala Lumpur Hotel. Continue reading
Source: The Mole
DAP leaders have downplayed questions surrounding Lim Kit Siang’s long stay at the top in the opposition party while also suggesting that he should be treated as a national treasure.
According to deputy secretary-general Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham, Lim the advisor had stepped down as chairman 10 years ago but remained in a leadership role only as requested by the party.
Lim, 73, has been a recent subject of attack by Barisan Nasional leaders after he dismissed Umno’s talk about rejuvenation.
To Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin, Lim has been the one and only DAP leader for more than four decades.
Lim’s political secretary and defeated Teluk-Intan by-election candidate Dyana Sofya had also commented that Umno would not transform and was giving false hope to young Malays since the party had not put candidates below 35 years in elections.
Khairy’s response is simple: “Umno has witnessed changes in its presidency over the years, from Tunku Abdul Rahman to Tun Razak to Tun Hussein Onn to Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and now Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
“But the DAP since 1969 has always been Kit Siang, Kit Siang, Kit Siang, Kit Siang, Kit Siang.”
Gerakan Youth chief Tan Keng Liang also took a jibe at Lim via his tweet by comparing the latter to dictatorial leaders in North Korea.
“North Korea also can’t beat DAP @limkitsiang ….congrats,” he tweeted with photos of only three who had led North Korea since 1969.
This attracted a strong reaction from Penang DAP Publicity assistant public secretary Ng Wei Aik.
“Lim has been with the party since day one and through its lowest points, so why should we replace him if he is not a liability?”
But the Tanjong Member of Parliament would not mind Lim resigning.
Source: FMT News
Gerakan’s Andy Yong says Tony Pua’s request that a second deputy speaker position be created and given to DAP is unconstitutional.
Gerakan’s Andy Yong has accused Selangor DAP Chairman Tony Pua of arrogance and greed over the latter’s suggestion that a second Deputy Speaker be created and given to DAP in Selangor.
Yong, who is the Selangor Gerakan State Secretary said Pua’s “unchecked arrogance and greediness is threatening the procedural democracy in the Selangor Legislative Assembly”.
Yong substantiated this claim by explaining that Pua’s suggestion was unconstitutional.
Advising Pua to study the state constitution first before making “unashamed demands”, Yong found it distasteful that Pua would exploit the situation to indulge in “political bargaining which is morally and democratically unjust.”
He added, “It is wrong to treat the position of Deputy Speaker as a reward to political patronage or partisan support.
“We (Gerakan) feel that DAP Pua’s demand is tantamount to mockery towards the integrity and sanctity of the Selangor Legislative Assembly.”
Yong was also of the opinion that DAP was treating the position of Deputy Speaker as a “trophy or reward for political support”.