PETALING JAYA: The author of Why Anwar Should Not Be PM has refuted allegations that he blackmailed PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
Yahaya Ismail said it was an offer to buy the copyright to his latest book, which was a norm in the book publishing business.
He claimed it was Anwar who first initiated contact to discuss politics with him in 1993, after he criticised his alleged immoralities despite him championing Islam in a book.
“I was not paid by anyone to write the book.
“This is my own research. I write about politics and I have written more than 50 political titles in the past 40 years.
“I have known Anwar since the 1970s but we are not of the same political views,” said Yahaya in a Facebook post in response to a press conference by senior PKR lawmaker Datuk Johari Abdul on Wednesday.
The Sungai Petani MP accused Yahaya of blackmailing Anwar for more than RM400,000 in order not to publish the book, which contains defamatory allegations.
“As is done in the publishing business, I gave a copy to Johari and Anwar to read and asked them if they wanted to buy the copyright of the book.
“I put that price on the book as I knew it would be a bestseller,” Yahaya said.
“The book is my copyright, and I have the right to publish it.
“If Anwar or Johari later says I have slandered them, they can sue me. What is the problem?” Yahaya wrote.
He added that if no one wanted to buy the copyright, he would publish it himself.