PAS told of ‘surprise’, asked to make Anwar quit politics

(The Malaysian Inisder) – Several PAS leaders had been forewarned by a group claiming links to Umno about a “surprise” that would affect Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s public image, about a month before a video emerged which allegedly shows the opposition leader having sex with an unidentified woman.

PAS sources told The Malaysian Insider that the group wanted leaders from the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) party to help convince Anwar to quit mainstream politics.

The sources would not say if the group was linked to the three men collectively known as “Datuk T”, who were unmasked yesterday as the ones behind the video.

Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Tamby Chik admitted yesterday that businessman Datuk Shazryl Eskay, Perkasa’s Datuk Shuib Lazim and himself were collectively the mysterious “Datuk T” behind Monday’s screening of a sex video allegedly featuring Anwar.

The former Malacca chief minister also admitted that both he and Shazryl were behind the video.

He told reporters at a joint press conference together with Shazryl that the trio had chosen to step forward on their own accord because they wanted to show that “a person with high ambitions of wanting to be national leader and prime minister of Malaysia … was not qualified.”

Abdul Rahim and Shazryl both denied the video was doctored.

It is believed that the sex video was the “surprise” referred to by the group that approached PAS leaders a month ago.

“Their request was simple. They claimed they represented Umno-BN, and they only asked for Datuk Seri Anwar not to be active in Pakatan Rakyat, meaning they don’t want him in mainstream politics,” a source told The Malaysian Insider.

“They do not care if Pakatan is headed by someone else, as long as it is not Datuk Seri Anwar; that was their request.”

The source added that the anonymous group did not provide proof to show they really were from Umno and BN as claimed.

According to the source, the request was made about a month ago and that they had alleged “there will be a surprise” shortly related to the PKR de facto chief’s public image.

PAS leaders are said to have refused to entertain the request to pass the “message” to Anwar, even though it is generally known that the Islamist party is divided over Anwar’s role in PR.

“PAS leaders have taken a stern stand not to do so,” said the source.