Haniff told to quit as Perda chairperson for being Yusoff Rawther’s lawyer
Although lawyer Haniff Khatri Abdulla (above, left) has dismissed speculation that places him as the link between his client Yusoff Rawther (above, right) and Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, criticism against him continue to pour in.
In Bukit Mertajam today, old time (Pro ’98) supporters of Anwar Ibrahim questioned Haniff about harbouring “higher ambitions” in appearing as counsel for Muhammed Yusoff Rawther.
Yusoff, 26, created waves when he accused Anwar of sexual misconduct in his statutory declaration, which the PKR president has denied.
Pro ’98 Reformis Malaysia Penang branch secretary Amir Ghazali urged Haniff to quit “gutter politicking” or give up the post of chairperson of the Penang Regional Development Authority (Perda).
Amir told Haniff to focus on reforming Perda instead of playing political games involving Yusoff, who is the grandson of the late Consumers Association of Penang president SM Mohamed Idris.
Amir said Haniff had “shamelessly got involved in a dirty political ploy” against Anwar by representing Yusof.
“Haniff could have chosen not to do so,” Amir said.
Previously, in dismissing the link with Mahathir, Haniff said that as a practising lawyer, he could not refuse any client except in exceptional situations.
Haniff said such situations – a conflict of interest or professional embarrassment – did not arise in Yusoff’s case.
Malaysiakini has contacted Haniff over Amir’s remarks and is awaiting the former’s reply.
Amir also poured cold water on Haniff’s denial of having no ulterior motives against Anwar.
“Is he looking for a bigger post?” Amir asked, accusing Haniff of being a “tool of a certain leader” to destroy Anwar’s reputation.
“Who does Haniff represent? He is Perda chairperson, Perda is a federal agency, can he do something like this?” Amir asked.
Haniff Khatri: I am not part of any alleged conspiracy by Dr M
Tuesday, 10 Dec 2019
PETALING JAYA: Lawyer Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla (pic) has denied that he is acting on the behest of Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad by representing the man accusing Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim of sexual misdeeds.
He said that he is acting for Yusoff Rawther as he is a practising lawyer and as such can not refuse to take a brief from any client on any matters “except in an exceptional situation if we are conflicted or may be embarrassed”.
“This is not the situation in Yusoff’s matter for it to professionally disqualify me,” he said in a statement Tuesday (Dec 10).
He added that his act of appearing openly for Yusoff shows that Dr Mahathir is not behind any alleged plot.
“Otherwise, it is a big giveaway for me to be in the forefront, is it not,” he added.
“To me, the capabilities of certain sections of our society to come up with fanciful conspiracy theories do at times relegate Hollywood, Bollywood and Kollywood to second, third and fourth spots in the rankings,” Haniff said.
Muhammed Yusoff, a former research assistant to Anwar and the grandson of the late former Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) president SM Mohamed Idris, lodged a report at the Sentul police headquarters over the case.
He also claimed in the report that he feared for his safety from certain parties.
On Wednesday (Dec 4), Muhammed Yusoff made a sworn statement that he was allegedly sexually assaulted by the PKR president on Oct 2 last year, however, the matter was denied by Anwar, who claimed he was campaigning in the Port Dickson by-election on that day.
Lawyer: What Yusoff wants is justice for himself by way of the law
Muhammad Yusoff Rawther, who accused PKR president Anwar Ibrahim of committing sexual misconduct against him, spent almost eight hours having his statement recorded at Bukit Aman federal police headquarters today.
Yusoff (above, right), 26, who arrived at Bukit Aman around 1pm, left the premise with his lawyer Haniff Khatri Abdulla (above, left) at around 9pm.
Mahathir offers assistance to Anwar’s legal team
PETALING JAYA: Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s lawyer Haniff Khatri Abdulla will speak with former Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim’s legal team sometime next week.
Speaking to FMT, Haniff said this was strictly pertaining to Anwar’s attempt to challenge the National Security Council (NSC) Act, which is an issue of great concern to the former premier.
“Mahathir visited Anwar in court on Monday as he is very concerned as to the effect of that Act on our country.
“There, he asked Anwar about the case and offered assistance to support the application.
“The following day, Mahathir instructed me to liase with Anwar’s lawyers and see how we can contribute, by way of law, to support the application.”
Haniff said his team was looking into the matter and would communicate with Anwar’s lawyers latest by next week.
“We’ll take it from there. If there is any way we and Mahathir can contribute, of course we will assist Anwar’s team with the application.
“Once we have done that, then we will be in a better position to let you all (the media) know how Mahathir is able to assist legally.”
Anwar, who is currently serving a five-year prison term for sodomy, had on Monday appeared in the Kuala Lumpur High Court to challenge the implementation of the NSC Act.
Mahathir had made an unscheduled visit and was photographed shaking hands with his former deputy-turned-nemesis. It was their first meeting after 18 years.
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Is Haniff Really A Lawyer?
Raja Sara Petra
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s lawyer, Mohd Haniff Khatri Abdulla, said Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak cannot sign the Surat Watikah since 16 Umno members have filed a case in court to try to get Umno declared an illegal party.
As a lawyer, Haniff must know that by merely filing a case in court that is not yet a judgement. In fact, the judge has not even ruled yet whether the case has merits to be heard or is frivolous and should be thrown out. And we do not even know yet whether the 16 who filed the case are genuine Umno members who have locus standi to file the case.
Even if the judge makes a ruling declaring Umno an illegal party, there is still the appeal at the higher courts. Until all legal avenues are exhausted Umno is still a legal party. Any lawyer would know this.
If by merely filing a case in court that means a decision has been made, then those opposition leaders who are facing court cases involving corrupt acts cannot contest GE14.