Monday, May 9, 2011
KUALA LUMPUR: Umno secretary-general Tengku Adnan Mansor criticised Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim for allegedly calling Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak “pandi kutti”, a Tamil description of a piglet.He said it was typical of the opposition to resort to name calling.
“Why must he use the word pandi kutti… he is the pandi kutti. Not my prime minister. I am very upset with such statements,” he told a press conference at Umno’s headquarters here.
Anwar has allegedly made the offensive remark at a ceramah in Klang yesterday.
Adnan said Umno would not demand an apology from Anwar over his remark, adding that the ruling Malay party was against smear tactics.
The opposition leader, however, has embarked on a crusade to counter what he believed to be a concerted campaign by his political rivals in Umno to tarnish his name.
Anwar has been implicated in a sex video scandal involving a man said to resemble him having sex with a woman of Eastern Asian features. He has vehemently denied the allegation.
Anwar is also facing his second sodomy trial in 10 years. He has been charged with sodomising his former aide, Saiful Bukhari Azlan, a charge he openly claimed was trumped up by Najib and his wife, Rosmah Mansor, in a bid to kill his political career.
Adnan said that Anwar’s name calling methods were used to divert attention and cover up the allegations against him.
He added that Umno would not resort to such tactics.
“We know more about him than he knows about us… but we won’t play such dirty tactics.”
Citing the recently concluded Singaporean general election, Adnan said the political leaders there had abstained from smear tactics and fought only ideological battles.
“They only fight on issues. No one called people names there,” he said.