Anwar: It wasn’t me

By Shannon Teoh, The Malaysian Insider

KUALA LUMPUR, March 21 — Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim denied today that he was the man filmed having sex with a woman in a hotel room on February 21, and called the emergence of the video recording today a “scurrilous attack” against him, his family and Pakatan Rakyat (PR).

“Yes, I deny sternly this scurrilous attack, I categorically deny,” he told reporters this evening when asked point-blank if he was the man in the video recording.

He added that he was at home with his wife, Datin Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, their children, grandchildren and members of his staff, on the night in question.

Anwar was speaking at a press conference called after a video recording showing a man resembling a senior Malay opposition leader having sex with a woman believed to be a prostitute from China emerged today.

“I was told the face in the video looked like me. However, the stomach of the man was much bigger than mine,” he said while showing reporters his abdomen.

The 21-minute-long recording was shown to members of the media this morning by a man who only identified himself as “Datuk T”.

“Datuk T” said that the February 21 video was from closed-circuit television camera recordings found in a hotel room in Kuala Lumpur.

This evening, Anwar called the video an attempt to stunt the progress of PR and himself.

“Don’t drag the public and the country into this dirty politics.

“The media screening this morning was arranged in such a streamlined way that [it] must involve the top leadership of the country, that involved the Special Branch. I do not know who is ‘Datuk T’, who asked me and Azizah to resign. This shows clear political motive.”

He claimed the sex video had come as the sodomy charge against him was faltering

“I call for Pakatan Rakyat and the public in general not to be distracted by this new allegation but to concentrate on the battle in Sarawak so we can end the corrupt government of (Tan Sri) Abdul Taib Mahmud.”