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KUALA LUMPUR: Blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin called opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim “a chicken” yesterday after the latter reportedly requested him to be excluded from a forum scheduled to take place today in Kent, England.
Raja Petra told an online daily yesterday he had received a call from the WikiLeaks organisation informing him that Anwar had disagreed to his inclusion in the forum on the topic of global scenario.
Raja Petra, a former Anwar supporter, took a swipe at the opposition leader for fearing to face him in the discussions, which would have included the political situation in Malaysia. “How is Anwar going to debate (Prime Minister
Datuk Seri Najib Razak) when he is too ‘chicken’ to face me?
"He should try me out first before taking on Najib," he said, referring to the opposition's request for a debate between Anwar and Najib.
Raja Petra, who in recent months has been highlighting corruption and abuses of power in the opposition, said Anwar did not tolerate dissent or respect the independence of media.
"He will only deal with people who support him and agree with him.
"If this is Anwar as opposition leader, I shudder to think what he would be like as a prime minister."
The forum, he said, would have originally seen the participation of Raja Petra, Anwar and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
"So now it will only be Julian and him (Anwar).
"I agreed to Anwar's inclusion but he did not agree with my presence," Raja Petra said.
He said the forum was to be videotaped for a documentary for WikiLeaks, with Anwar participating in the discussion via online communication service Skype.
He also revealed his online news portal, Malaysia Today, and WikiLeaks have recently renewed their contract for the former to cover all of WikiLeaks' exposes in Malaysia.
A United States State Department cable released by WikiLeaks two years ago had revealed Singapore intelligence services stating that they believed Anwar "did indeed commit the acts for which he is currently indicted", referring to the sodomy charges for which he has since been acquitted.