PKR lawmaker Johari lodges report over book

PETALING JAYA: Sungai Petani MP Datuk Johari Abdul has lodged a police report against Yahaya Ismail over his book Mengapa Anwar Tak Boleh Jadi PM for allegedly defaming Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

The senior PKR lawmaker, who received a copy of the manuscript on June 10, said the text on “why Anwar can’t be the prime minister” contained serious and defamatory allegations about the PKR president.

Johari said the content had elements and insinuations of homosexuality, corruption and allegations of being a Zionist agent and an agent of the United States.

“In the book, there are elements questioning the Yang di-Pertuan Agong for giving a full pardon to Anwar. The act not only questions but insults the Malay royal institution,” Johari told a press conference at the PKR headquarters here.

 The book in question: Johari holding up the book titled ‘Mengapa Anwar Tak Boleh Jadi PM’ written by Yahaya at the PKR headquarters.
The book in question: Johari holding up the book titled ‘Mengapa Anwar Tak Boleh Jadi PM’ written by Yahaya at the PKR headquarters.

He refused to divulge further details before a police report was lodged.

Johari said the author also promoted a leader whom he believed should be the next prime minister.

“I will only reveal the name of the leader once I lodge the police report.

“Any party is free to express their support for any leader to become the next prime minister but to slander Anwar is totally unacceptable and against the principles of freedom of speech,” he added.

Later in the day, Johari lodged a report at the district police headquarters here.

He also claimed that Yahaya had contacted him to say that he was offered RM400,000 to publish the book and if Anwar could offer a higher sum, then he would give the manuscript to Anwar.

On May 16 last year, Anwar was released from jail after receiving a pardon from then Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V.

Anwar was initially scheduled to be released on June 8, 2018, after his five-year jail sentence that started on Feb 10, 2015, was reduced due to good behaviour.

In 2015, Anwar was jailed five years after the Federal Court upheld his guilty verdict for sodomy. He was initially charged in the High Court in 2008 and tried in 2010 and 2011 before being acquitted in January 2012.

However, in March 2014, the acquittal was overturned by the Court of Appeal.


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