KUALA LUMPUR – Senator Tan Sri S. Nallakaruppan felt betrayed and disappointed after former opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim asked him to withdraw from running for the position of PKR vice-president and not contest in the Ijok by-election in 2007, the High Court here heard today.
“During the by-election on April 28, 2007 in Ijok, I was supposed to run for PKR. However, I was unfairly discarded in favour of Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim as candidate,” he said when asked by counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah.
Nallakaruppan was testifying for Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin as the defence’s fifth witness on the third day of the hearing of a RM100 million defamation suit filed by Anwar, who is currently serving a five-year jail sentence for sodomy.
Nallakaruppan, 69, who is also founder and president of Malaysian Indian United Party (MIUP) said earlier, Anwar had supported him to be a candidate for the Ijok by-election but at the last minute before nomination day, Anwar requested him to withdraw.
To a question by Muhammad Shafee, he said he obtained a second higher ranking before Anwar told him not to contest in the Ijok by-Election.
Nallakaruppan added that towards the end of his membership with PKR before he resigned, he was asked by Anwar not to compete for the post of the party’s vice-president on May 26, 2007, to give way to his (Anwar’s) “blue-eyed boy” and so-called “first choice”, Azmin Ali.
He said he had no other alternative but to follow Anwar’s instructions.
“As such, I submitted my letter of withdrawal on May 18, 2007. Thereafter, I resigned,” he said, adding that he felt betrayed and disappointed during that time.
Nallakaruppan said he had been friends with Anwar for more than 34 years, as of today.
“I was introduced to the plaintiff (Anwar) by one of the MIC leaders back in 1980, the late Datuk K. Pathmanaban and Datuk Gurdial Singh and we (plaintiff and I) used to play tennis together.
“When I joined PKR in 2006, I believed in the plaintiff’s ability to lead the country and it took me a year to realise that the ambition of PKR was to serve the personal interest of its adviser and leader, the plaintiff,” he said.
Nallakaruppan said he knew Khairy personally through political circles and they met after he (Nallakaruppan) left PKR.
On March 7, 2008, Anwar filed a suit against Khairy and demanded RM100 million in damages, alleging that the then-UMNO Youth vice-chief had uttered defamatory words against him at a ‘ceramah’ (speech) in Lembah Pantai on Feb 20, 2008.
Anwar claimed that the defamatory words and a video clip entitled ‘Anwar and kin no threat’ was posted on several websites, including Malaysiakini.
The hearing before Judicial Commissioner Azizul Azmi Adnan continues tomorrow. – BERNAMA