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Tuesday, Sept 15
South China Morning Post

WAS it really Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim flirting over the telephone with a Perak Umno leader's wife? The tape was played to Supreme Council members before they decided to sack the former Deputy Premier.

  • Some people claiming to be his supporters have put the blame on comedian Yusoff Chong, known for his uproarious mimicry of Malaysian leaders.
  • Mr Yusoff said he was the victim of "political slander". He said: "It is true that I did try to imitate the voice of Datuk Anwar some time ago when I recorded an album. But what I did was more for the fun of it, and not to humiliate anyone."
  • "These callers demanded to know how much I had been paid for impersonating Anwar's voice," the Malay daily Utusan Malaysia quoted him as saying.
  • The ousted leader has also refuted the allegation about his supposed taped conversation, reported The Star. He said his supporters who had heard the recording said it did not even sound like him.
  • Datuk Anwar also claimed that his aides and even his adopted brother Sukma Darmawan, who was named in 50 Reasons Why Anwar Cannot Become PM, were under pressure to incriminate him.