‘Coy’ leader revealed Anwar, Kalimullah meeting

(NST) The purported meeting between Parti Keadilan Rakyat de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and businessman Datuk Seri Kalimullah Hassan in London was revealed by a prominent leader in the party, said Anuar Shaari.

The former political aide to Anwar said the leader, one of the pioneer members in PKR, told him about the alleged meeting as he was disappointed with Anwar’s way of leading the party.

“He (the leader) is still with PKR because he believes the party can fight for justice in the country,” said Anuar yesterday.

When pressed for details of the leader, Anuar refused to answer as he “respected the leader’s plea to remain anonymous”.

He also denied that the purported meeting was hearsay.

“It (the meeting) did happen. We just do not know what they had discussed.”

The purported meeting had been a hot topic in the blogo-sphere for the past few weeks and was picked up by the mainstream media when Umno supreme council member Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi called on Anwar to explain.

Anwar and Kalimullah were alleged to have funded fugitive blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin, who is now believed to be residing in Kalimullah’s apartment in London.

However, Kalimullah had on Thursday issued a statement, strongly denying all allegations against him in the blogs and the newspapers.

Kalimullah said he was in Malaysia on Nov 7 last year and had neither met Anwar nor had any relationship with Raja Petra.

Anuar said it was not surprising if the opposition leader was funding Raja Petra in Britain as they were close friends in Malay College Kuala Kangsar.

“In fact, Raja Petra was the one who initiated the “Free Anwar Campaign” on the Internet when Anwar was detained in 1998.”

Anuar said many PKR members did not know about the relationship between Anwar and Raja Petra or the purported meeting, until the issue came out in the media.

On Thursday, Puad called for a police investigation into the alleged meeting and urged Anwar to come clean.