Anwar: Ex-Staffer’s Sex Misconduct Claim a Bid to Destroy My Image

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Action aimed at bringing down Anwar’s image ahead of PKR’s 14th National Congress and the transitioning process of the nation’s leadership.

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim denied allegations that he had sexually assaulted a 26-year-old former researcher.

The Port Dickson MP said he had received reports made by an individual named Muhammed Yusoff Rawther through the media as well as social media platforms.

“I strongly denounce the slander which was made without any basis,” he said in a statement issued today.

Anwar said on the date of the said alleged sexual assault, he was actively campaigning in the Port Dickson by-election.

On the same day, Anwar said he had also attended Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th Birthday Celebration in Kuala Lumpur and then returned to Port Dickson to fulfil his campaign schedule for the day.

He added that his confidential secretary Shukri Saad had also lodged a police report on the matter this morning.

Anwar said his lawyer Ramkarpal Singh had also forwarded a letter of demand from Yusoff.

He added that Yusoff’s family, through his uncle Mohideen Abdul Kader, had also released a statement condemning his actions after more than a year of the alleged incident.

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“This action was aimed at bringing down my image ahead of PKR’s 14th National Congress and the transitioning process of the nation’s leadership,” Anwar said.

Speaking to reporters in the Parliament building, the PKR president said the latest accusation against him comes as no surprise.

He said he first heard about it some months back, adding that he foresees more attacks in the coming months.

“This is dirty politics. We will have to face this bravely and with the confidence to carry on with our agenda.”

Earlier report: Dec 5, CAP Chief’s Stinging Attack on Grand-Nephew after Anwar Sexual Misconduct Claims