|Utusan April 13 2011|
Anwar's affairs with Malaysian journalists.The TV3 reporter who incurred Anwar's wrath for asking about his Omega must not despair. It's part of the job. And when it concerns Anwar, a lot of journalists have their own tales to tell. Yes, Anwar could be sweet when he wants to charm you. But there's the other side of him - the one the public does not often see - that many a reporter, yours truly included, won't easily forget.
Once, during a visit to Indonesia, Anwar who was then Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia abused some of our journalists so badly that one senior reporter (who is now a group editor of a nrwspaper) called back the office to seek permission to return to KL. The ex-MCKK chap (Anwar was several years his senior at the schoool) vowed he would never again want to cover assignments involving Anwar, who was also MOF and the Umno minister in-charge of media controlled by the party.
What did Anwar do to the reporters who were there to cover his visit?
To be continued ...
13 April 2011
It was 1997, the height of Anwar's power, the future of Malaysia, the One kicking the Opposition's ass on behalf of BN.
The reporters covering Anwar in Jakarta included Syed Nadzri (now the NST Group Editor) and Aziz (Utusan's numero uno). The Deputy Prime Minister was in Jakarta to meet President Suharto (remember him?). They waited for Anwar at the hotel lobby to ask him about the meeting. Upon seeing the reporters, Anwar, flanked by bodyguards and his Indonesian hosts, gestured to the Malaysian reporters, who came over as asked by the DPM. But what a shocker they were in for.
As they were nearing the DPM at the ShangriLa hotel lobby, Anwar waved them off. "Halau kita macam sampah," said one of the journalists. Syed said he's been snubbed many many times as a reporter doing his job, "but I will never forget the Jakarta humiliation".
"The words he uttered LOUD are still ringing in my ears. He waved us away, and asked "What are you doing here?!" Ask Adlin (Anwar's press secretary then)," Syed said.
The height of power. And the peak of pride. And what did they say about pride?
To be cont'd