Jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim today testified in the Kuala Lumpur High Court that Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar slandered him at a political ceramah in 2008 as the Umno Youth chief had considered himself being “young and immune” to any action.
Khairy felt immune as he was the son-in-law of then prime minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Anwar said in his witness statement in the defamation trial against the youth and sports minister.
The PKR de-facto leader said Khairy’s defamatory remarks on Feb 19, 2008, was directed at him (Anwar) personally, which had a negative connotation and was in contempt.
“It had hidden meanings, painting me as a homosexual, having low moral character, and of having committed crime and vice. It created a perception that I was guilty of an offence under Section 377 of the Penal Code and went against the syariah law.
“It was clear that the statement made was directed to smear me, to say that I was not qualified to hold a political position, or any position as I am considered a danger to the society at large. The slander was directed to lower my reputation and had affected my image. Also being attacked were PAS and DAP,” said the former deputy prime minister.