On the morning of Saturday 29th September (Saturday) Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan was seen to be composed while waiting outside the by-election nomination centre at Port Dickson. He was sitting metres away from Parti Keadilan Rakyat president-elect Anwar Ibrahim. Saiful blamed Ibrahim of copulate with him in 2008 when he functioned as Anwar’s personal aide.
After Saiful’s allegation, Anwar was sent to prison in 2015 and he was not able to fight the general election. However, he got his release from jail in the year May 2018 after being forgiven by Malaysia’s Yang di Pertuan Agung, immediately after the Pakatan Harapan coalition led by Mahathir Mohamad won the general election.
On being asked the reason why he wanted to challenge the Port Dickson seat, Saiful stated that he is not interested to dig up the past arguments during his campaign. He even added that it’s not about any retaliation or payback. He just wants to enter the democratic process in Malaysia. Saiful, 33 years even stated that Port Dickson used to be his playground during his childhood, he wanted to fight from Port Dickson seat.
At the nomination centre, Saiful and Anwar exchanged handshakes before each of them submitted their papers. The situation became slightly tense as they needed to wait for sometime before the official announcement being made. During one round table for candidates, Saiful sat beside Anwar. Few words were shared between Anwar and Saiful before Anwar stood up and went to sit at the front of the hall.
However, Anwar’s supporters didn’t well accept Saiful’s nomination. On being asked on this matter, Anwar stated that it seems very easy to have said he has forgiven and moved ahead but also one needs to take into account of the people who were hurt during the process.