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'Public should question credibility of Saiful's father'


MANJUNG: The public should question the credibility of Saiful Bukhari's father, Azlan Mohd Lazim for suddenly apologising to Parti Keadilan Rakyat de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim.

Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Minister Datuk Seri Noh Omar, who is also Selangor Umno deputy chairman, said Azlan's claims that the government was involved in manipulating Saiful, a former political aide to Anwar, into defaming Anwar was also baseless.

"Anwar's sodomy case with Saiful is a legal matter and has got nothing to do with Barisan Nasional (BN) or the government.

  "As such, BN and the government is unaffected by the sudden apology," he told reporters after launching the country's first Community and Caravan market complex here today.

  Noh said the public needed to be fair and careful about wholly accept Saiful's father's words and actions as a sign that the government had a hand in the case.

  "They should also be fair to Saiful, who was the supposed sodomy victim and who has denied his father's allegations," he said.

  Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir also agreed with Noh, stating that there was also a credibility issue with Azlan, who had been recently spotted being escorted by an opposition leader.

  "I'm sure the public would question why the apology was given now?

  "Is it to divert attention from more heated issues such as (the insensitivity shown by their leaders) in the Lahad Datu issue?," Zambry questioned.

  He said the apology statement looked "well-orchestrated" and possibly a "tactical frame" by the opposition.

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