Monday, March 22, 2010

Anwar: I will tell all on Apco, but will the gov't?

Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim is ready to defend his allegations that the 1Malaysia concept had its roots in the Zionist 'One Israel' idea.

However, Anwar said he too would be seeking the government's explanation on the role of Apco Worldwide - whom he claims came up with 1Malaysia and One Israel - to the federal government.

"In a reply given to the Dewan Rakyat, it says that Apco was not hired specifically to promote '1Malaysia' but all general communication issues," said Anwar.

He was referring to the government's reply to a question by Tanah Merah MP Amran Abdul Ghani last week, who in asking the question, also claimed that the company was hired by dictotors in Nigeria and Kazakhstan.

Anwar said he wants the government to divulge the actual role of Apco, the value of the contract, and the company's recommendations to all the government ministries.

"These are by no means a small matter," Anwar told reporters at the Parliament lobby today.

Anwar said he would seek a clarification from the speaker of the house on what needs to be done to explain his allegations.

On Apco statement last week, denying that it had a role in the 1Malaysia concept, Anwar said: "Of course they had to deny."

"They are paid to deny but let me give the facts. Give me the opportunity to explain in detail," he added.

Petty issues

On a separate matter, Anwar brushed off claims by Pasir Mas MP Ibrahim Ali that he had committed contempt of court because PKR has been distributing documents tendered as evidence.

He was referring to Ibrahim's speech in the Dewan Rakyat today, which called on the authorities to take action against Anwar over copies of Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan's medical reports which has been publicly distributed.

"Yes, the party did print 1 million pamphlets which contained medical reports from the Kuala Lumpur general hospital," said party secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution who was also at the press conference.

"The report is from three doctors Dr Khairul Nizam Hassan, Mohd Razali Ibrahim and Dr Siew Sheue Feng who mentioned that there is no clinical evidence to show that penetration took place."

"Therefore, Malaysians have the right to this information. If there is no penetration, there is no case but what we have here, is that there is a case although there is no penetration.

"So it's not wrong for the party, I put the party's logo and my name to spread this word to the people. We have printed 1 million copies but we will print more," added Saifuddin.

Anwar then rubbished the issue adding that it is not to be taken seriously.

"It's a joke. There are people in this country complicity in murder, corruption, scandals and various racist actions, they are all not to be investigate but you want to form a royal commission on Anwar Ibrahim," he said.

courtesy of Malaysiakini

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