20 June 2019
19 June 2019
When asked to comment on the issue later, Anwar told reporters – “It is time for the public to know who this cheap writer is who has been paid. He tried to blackmail us to pay him RM400,000.”
“Let the police investigate.”
PETALING JAYA, June 19 — Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today urged the police to investigate an author who allegedly blackmailed him to refrain from publishing a book on why Anwar should not be prime minister.
The PKR president said Sungai Petani MP Datuk Johari Abdul from the party has lodged a police report against the author who wrote a manuscript titled “Mengapa Anwar Tak Boleh Jadi PM” (Why Anwar Cannot Be PM).
“The police report has been made this person is a cheap writer, who was paid. Now it is the time for the public to be made known [of him].
“Investigation and necessary action has to be taken against him,” Anwar told reporters after a private dinner event with the Malaysian Indian Business Council.
Anwar said PKR’s Sungai Petani Member of Parliament Datuk Johari Abdul had lodged a police report against the author who claimed to have written a manuscript titled Mengapa Anwar Tak Boleh Jadi PM (Why Anwar Cannot Be Prime Minister).
“A police report has been made against this writer who has been paid. Investigation and necessary action should be taken against him,” he said after attending a Hari Raya do with the Malaysian-Indian Business Council.
Earlier, Johari told reporters that he had lodged a police report at the Petaling Jaya district police headquarters over the matter.
Johari said the author had contacted him and asked to meet Anwar, saying he was offered RM400,000 for the book that he had written.
“He said if Datuk Seri (Anwar) was willing to give him more than RM400,000, he was ready to hand over the manuscript to him,” said Johari.
The 16-chapter manuscript, he added, contained allegations of homosexuality, corruption, as well as claims that Anwar was a Zionist agent and a kowtow to the United States.
Johari also said the book had questioned the royal pardon granted by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to Anwar for the latter’s sodomy conviction.
UPDATED | Johari Abdul, who exposed a manuscript for a book which describes Anwar Ibrahim as unfit to be the prime minister, claims the author is now negotiating for a higher price than what he was offered for the book.
According to the Sungai Petani MP, the author had contacted him, saying he wanted to meet with the PKR president.
“He informed me that he has completed the book and someone has offered him RM400,000 for it.
“If Anwar ups the price, he is willing to give the book to Anwar. Otherwise, he will give it to the person willing to publish the book,” he added.
Johari was speaking to reporters after the PKR political bureau meeting at the party headquarters in Petaling Jaya this evening.
As PKR faces a potential fallout due to a sex scandal, a lawmaker has now exposed a manuscript for a book which details reasons why its president Anwar Ibrahim should not become the prime minister.
Johari Abdul also pointed to Chapter 15 of the book, “Mengapa Anwar tak boleh jadi PM(Why Anwar cannot be PM)”, which he said promoted another leader whom the author felt was more qualified for the post.
Although he did not mention the name of the leader, the title for Chapter 15 reads “Azmin Ali Bakal PM (Azmin Ali next prime minister).”