Thursday, November 27, 2014

I was offered RM100mil to get 10 Sabah MPs to cross over, claims Anifah

Kimanis MP Datuk Seri Anifah Aman told a High Court here that a businessman linked to the Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has offered him RM100mil to bring 10 Sabah MPs to cross over.

Anifah, 61, who was also Foreign Minister, said that former KFC deputy executive chairman Datuk Ishak Ismail approached him at Hotel Sentral while he was smoking with Beluran MP Datuk Ronald Kiandee and another Sabah MP in May, 2008.

"I was taken aback and angry. I felt cheap as I am the MP for three terms and I am committed to Barisan Nasional," he said when testifying in a RM100mil suit filed by Anwar against him.

Anwar filed the suit against Anifah @ Haniff Amman over allegedly libellous statements made against him abroad.

On May 27, 2009, Anwar sued Anifah in his personal and official capacities and the Government, claiming that the minister had linked his name to an alleged offer of a top Cabinet post at the State Department in Washington during a joint press conference with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on May 16.

The PKR adviser claimed that the words uttered by Anifah that day implied that he was a dishonest person.

On Jan 6, 2011, a High Court had struck out the suit following an application by Anifah and the Government.

The Court of Appeal had on Jan 25, 2013, allowed Anwar's appeal to reinstate the suit against Anifah in the latter's personal capacity.

The appellate court, however, dismissed Anwar's appeal to reinstate his suit against Anifah in his official capacity as Foreign Minister and also against the Government.

In his suit, Anwar claimed that he suffered considerable distress, anxiety and embarrassment, entitling him to aggravated and exemplary damages.

Anwar is also applying to get an injunction to restrain Anifah from further uttering, writing or publishing the said words.

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