Anwar denies being the voice in vulgar audio clips: I don't use crude language

KLANG - Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim denies that he is the voice behind several short audio clips lashing out at Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali.

"I don't use crude language. I'm fierce, but barua (lackey) is not my language.

"Don't be cheated by slander," he told reporters after a ceramah, held for the Sungai Kandis by-election.

Asked if Umno could be behind the clips, the PKR leader said he did not know, dismissing it as an act of sabotage ahead of the PKR polls.

"I don’t know. Certainly it's part of the impending party election.

"This is very unhealthy; they should fight in the open," added Anwar, who will contest the president's post.

He said he had not given any reaction to the announcement by the Prime Minister's Office of the newly-elected Khazanah Nasional Bhd board, as he was undergoing surgery in Turkey.

Asked if the audio clips could be a ploy to cause a split in PKR, Anwar said party members "are not gullible".

Earlier yesterday, three audio clips, each lasting less than 10 seconds, were circulated through WhatsApp.

The recordings featured the voice of a man, similar to Anwar's, denouncing Azmin as a barua to Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

The recordings also criticised Dr Mahathir's decision to appoint himself as Khazanah chairman and also dredged up the 1990s Bank Negara forex scandal.

In another clip, the man is heard saying that he told Rafizi Ramli to take on Azmin for the post of PKR deputy president as the latter was a stooge of Dr Mahathir.

Anwar's wife, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, also denied that the voice was Anwar's.

The same denial was also issued by Azmin.

Lembah Pantai MP and PKR communications chief Fahmi Fadzil said there were differences in the way the man spoke compared to Anwar.

"This is intended to create a rift among party members. We are dealing with many things as we approach the party polls," he said in a statement.

Anwar a free man after royal pardon

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    Jailed Malaysian reformist Anwar Ibrahim was granted a full pardon on Wednesday and walked free from a hospital in Kuala Lumpur, capping dramatic changes in the Southeast Asian country since the government was ousted in an election upset last week.

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    In his first press conference since his release at his residence in Segambut on Wednesday (May 16), Anwar said that he was only back as a citizen.

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    "I'll be taking time off to give a series of talks in Harvard, Georgetown and a few Muslim countries," said Anwar.

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    "I've given my assurance to Mahathir and Azizah that I'm here as a concerned citizen, with complete support for them manage the affairs of the country," he said.

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    Anwar also said that as premier, Dr Mahathir had the prerogative to form the Cabinet, but added that the Prime Minister had given him assurance that he would consult party leaders before deciding on its composition.

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    Mr Anwar Ibrahim (centre) speaking to Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad at the palace, where he has been granted an audience with the King at noon.

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    Police directing traffic as Mr Anwar's convoy leaves for the palace.

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    Anwar Ibrahim greeting his supporters after being released from the Cheras Hospital Rehabilitation in Kuala Lumpur on May 16, 2018.

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    A poster of Mr Anwar by one of his supporters outside the hospital.

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    Mr Anwar Ibrahim and wife Deputy Prime Minister Wan Azizah Wan Ismail leaving Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital in Kuala Lumpur.

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    Mr Anwar Ibrahim making his way home after his release from Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital in Kuala Lumpur.

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    Anwar Ibrahim arrives at his house following his release from hospital

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    Mr Anwar Ibrahim arrives home after he was released from Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital in Kuala Lumpur.

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    Journalists and supporters of jailed former opposition leader and current federal opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim arrive at his home after his release from the Cheras Hospital Rehabilitation in Kuala Lumpur on May 16, 2018.

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