Raggie Jessy Rithaudeen
Back in 1998, when Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim was accused of engaging in sexual intercourse “against the order of nature” with a lecturer and his step brother, he and his men put it down to political persecution.
Back then, Anwar accused Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, then premier, of architecting the charge to tighten his grip on UMNO and to kill off the former’s political career.
Then, in 2008, when Mohammad Saiful Bukhari Azlan accused Anwar of sodomising him, Anwar recited the same dialogue, only this time, accusing the then administration of Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak of architecting the charge.
And this time around, it was allegedly to prevent the advance of his career following his relase from prison in 2004 by the Tun Abdullah Haji Ahmad Badawi administration.
Today, Anwar is crying foul again.
Earlier, the embattled PKR president’s aide told a press conference that the alleged sexual assault by a former volunteer researcher, Muhammed Yusoff Rawther, was nothing more than a malicious political attack against PKR.
But it wasn’t against PKR.
It was against Anwar and Anwar only, with Yusoff also having previously lodged a report against the former’s political secretary, Farhash Wafa Salvador Rizal Mubarak, who Yusoff claims punched him repeatedly for no apparent rhyme or reason.
So who will Anwar blame for the so-called political persecution this time around?
Najib? Mahathir? Abdullah Badawi?