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| Media Statement on Utusan report |

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim begins legal action against Utusan Malaysia & S. Nallakaruppan

I refer to the report published today in the front page of Utusan Malaysia alleging that Federal Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is bisexual and unfit to be the opposition leader. The allegations which are attributed to S Nallakaruppan are completely false, politically motivated and the worst kind of gutter journalism. Prime Minister and UMNO President Najib Razak is fully responsible for this vile attack made by the UMNO-owned Utusan Malaysia upon Anwar Ibrahim. Instead of agreeing to Anwar's challenge for a public debate on policies and the economy, Najib has resorted to the lowest kind of character assasination through Utusan Malaysia. Utusan Malaysia's intolerance and lack of scruples reveals the true face of Umno and Najib, and makes nonsense of Najib's show of moderation and reform. Dishonest,unbalanced and unfair news reporting on political matters is usual among the BN-controlled print and electronic media. However, the UMNO-owned Utusan's continuous descent into lies,deceit and vicious political and race baiting has no parallel in the history of Malaysian journalism.

In these circumstances, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has commenced legal proceedings.Through his solicitors, he has on 20.3.2012 issued demand notices to Utusan Melayu(Malaysia) Bhd which is the owner of Utusan Malaysia and its Editor demanding retraction of the above allegations, an apology and damages in the sum of RM 100 million. A similar notice has been sent to S.Nallakarupan. Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim brings this action in the people's interest and to ensure fair and honest media reporting on matters of public interest.

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