updated 1 pm
30/6 Anwar Ibrahim files a suit at KL High Court civil registry against former aide Saiful for allegedly lodging false and malicious report /STAR
WHY? Saiful Bukhary has made a very serious allegation against Anwar Ibrahim. If he is telling the truth, then he's done a most courageous thing by going to the police. If he's telling a lie, then it's a most despicable deed.Either way, Saiful has made himself a very public figure. Once investigation starts, his own character will come under scrutiny. If this goes to court, his whole life will be placed on public display. The people around him, especially those close to him, will become objects of scrutiny as well.
His fiancee, we must assume, knows him inside out. She is not under age and she is not a mere bystander. She will have a story to tell, too, and her story could shed light on this issue that has left us with more questions than answers.
In the pursuit for the truth, newspapers have to make many unpopular calls. Often, an editor has to decide whether to publish a certain picture or not. I am no longer in the newspaper, but the mind works the same way, without malice.Read the reports in mypaper here (First, click on the front page and then magnify the pages; it's quite easy to use, really. Other than the front page, there is a piece in the World Page section). I quoted Wee Choo Keong, Vernon the Mr Manager, and Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad. Nik is significant to the story as he was about Saiful Bukhary's age when he worked as Anwar Ibrahim's aide.
Malaysia is definitely back on the world map where political news is concerned. Read also The Australian's Sodomy claim desperate: Anwar
Today's newspapers, especially the Chinese dailies, went to town with the picture of Saiful and an officer from Najib's office. Maybe they'll use these other pictures of the Accuser - with Azalina Othman Said, Mustapha Mohd, and Shahril Samad - in their editions tomorrow? Pics taken from sultanmuzaffar.
Monday, June 30, 2008
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