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Saiful to Nurul Nuha: I'm not contesting, why talk about me?

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GE14| Saiful Bukhari Azlan (above) has questioned the need for jailed politician Anwar Ibrahim's daughter to dredge up "old stories" about him instead of focussing on the merits of the PKR candidate she was campaigning for in Kota Anggerik.

Instead of recycling old stories about him and Pakatan Harapan's de facto leader, Saiful said Nurul Nuha Anwar should have taken the opportunity to talk about candidate Najwan Halimi, as that would be more beneficial to the voters in that constituency.

"(Nurul) Nuha should help Najwan by highlighting his profile, his experience, manifesto, the services he will offer, as well as how voting for Najwan as their representative would benefit the voters of Kota Anggerik. Only in that way can the voters assess (the potential of the candidate).

"Besides, it is not me who is contesting against Najwan at the Kota Anggerik state seat, as his opponents are PAS' ustaz (Ahmad) Dusuki and the BN candidate (Jumaeah Masdi). Oppose them, what has this got to do with me?" he said in a Facebook posting today.

"If Nuha must know, I, myself, informed Anwar (of his acquaintanceship with Najwan) early on when I started working (for Anwar), and her father did not care who I was friends with. In fact, he told me to carry on working, and to focus on helping him while ignoring the protests of those who disagreed with me working in that office," he said.

In any case, he thanked Nurul Nuha for confirming he had worked with Anwar, claiming that "early on in the case (sodomy II) Anwar denied that I had worked for him."

He was referring to claims made by Anwar's second daughter when on the campaign trail for Najwan yesterday.

Nurul Nuha spoke about her first encounter with Saiful back in 2008 and that Najwan had warned them about him.

"He (Najwan) already warned us from the beginning... they used to debate against each other (in university) but Saiful would always be on BN's side," she had said.

Saiful had accused Anwar, his then employer, of sodomising him, leading to the opposition leader's 2014 conviction and incarceration. Anwar is expected to be released from prison next month.

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