KUALA LUMPUR – The High Court here was today told that Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had planned to topple former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad since 1998.
Datuk Lokman Noor Adam, 43, an officer with Special Affairs Department’s (JASA) think tank, said this was told to him by Anwar’s political secretary Mohamad Ezam Mohd Nor when they met at a hotel in Batu Pahat, Johor Bharu, that year.
“Mohamad Ezam told me and two others on Anwar’s plan and also said that Anwar, who was deputy prime minister then, could not work with Dr Mahathir.
“Mohamad Ezam told us Anwar could not stand Mahathir anymore and did not agree with the economic and political policies brought by Dr Mahathir,” he during examination-in-chief by defence counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah.
Lokman was testifying as the defence’s fourth witness on the second day of the hearing of a RM100 million defamation suit filed by Anwar, who was also former opposition leader but currently serving a five-year jail sentence for sodomy, against Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin. – BERNAMA