The grandson of late prominent consumer advocate SM Mohamed Idris has filed a suit for assault against Farhash Wafa Salvador Rizal Mubarak, the political secretary of Anwar Ibrahim.
Muhammed Yusoff, 26, in his action filed at the Shah Alam Sessions Court, said Farhash had inflicted injuries after punching him repeatedly without provocation at Anwar’s office in Bukit Gasing in May.
“The violent attack was against the law and occurred at the workplace of the plaintiff,” he said in his statement of claim sighted by FMT.
Yusoff is also suing Anwar’s press secretary Tunku Nashrul Tunku Abaidah over several media statements he made on the incident.
He said Tunku Nashrul had, among others, defamed him by accusing him of having a drug addiction problem and denying that the assault took place.
When contacted, Farhash and Tunku Nashrul said they have not been served with the suits.
Yusoff was appointed as Anwar’s research officer in September last year. His duties included replying letters sent to the PKR president and Port Dickson MP.
He is demanding damages so that he could undergo treatment for injuries and to compensate for the repair of his wristwatch and mobile phone.
He is also seeking exemplary damages from Farhash for “wilful and violent conduct” as well as other reliefs deemed fit by the court.
In his statement of claim, Yusoff said Farhash, 37, came to the office at about 10am on May 16 this year and scolded him for being rude to Anwar’s secretary, Shukri Saad, which he denied.
Yusoff said Farhash then pushed him against the wall while he was seated, choked him and threatened to kill him.
Yusoff said he managed to free himself, following which Farhash lunged forward and rained punches on him before throwing his mobile phone on the table.
“He pushed me to the floor and continued to attack and injure me,” Yusoff said in the statement, adding that Farhash later left the premises after threatening to kill him.
He said he sent a text message about the incident to Anwar, who told him to seek medical treatment and rest at home.
The plaintiff said the following day, Farhash came to the office and told him that he could do whatever he liked in the office and again threatened him for reporting the incident to Anwar.
Yusoff sought treatment at a private hospital in Kuala Lumpur and lodged a report against Farhash at the Petaling Jaya police station on May 26.
He said Farhash contacted him two days after the report was made but that he avoided meeting the defendant.
In his suit, Yusoff said he has not worked for Anwar since June, saying he is traumatised and emotionally disturbed as a result of the incident.
His grandfather, the late SM Idris, one of Malaysia’s most prominent consumer advocates who founded the Consumers Association of Penang, died on May 17 at the age of 93. – FMT