It’s merely a metaphor, Khairy tells court

> No sex­ual con­no­ta­tion meant, defama­tion trial told

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY KAREN ARUKESAMY

KUALA LUMPUR: The “main ... ikut be­lakang” re­mark can be a metaphor re­fer­ring to “play­ing out”, “be­trayal” and “back­stab­bing” po­lit­i­cal par­ties, the High Court heard yes­ter­day.

Tes­ti­fy­ing in a defama­tion suit against him, Youth and Sports Min­is­ter Khairy Ja­malud­din re­peat­edly de­nied that his re­marks had any sex­ual con­no­ta­tion but were merely a “metaphor­i­cal po­lit­i­cal state­ment”.

“No, I deny that they are ca­pa­ble of bear­ing any defam­a­tory mean­ing, nat­u­ral or in­nu­endo mean­ing what­so­ever,” he said.

Ex­plain­ing that he was re­fer­ring to the po­lit­i­cal re­la­tion­ship of PAS, DAP and PKR in the Op­po­si­tion coali­tion, Khairy said the par­ties only worked to­gether tem­po­rar­ily with­out a long-term com­mit­ment, sim­i­lar to the tem­po­rary mar­riage ar­range­ments prac­tised by the Syiah Mus­lims called kah­win muta’ah.

“Po­lit­i­cal par­ties can­not have sex, it is a metaphor.

“It could also mean play­ing peo­ple out or back­stab­bing,” he said.

Khairy is fac­ing a RM100 mil­lion defama­tion suit by jailed PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri An­war Ibrahim for say­ing parti pem­bangkang ini dia kah­win muta’ah ... dia kah­win PAS main DAP ikut kiri, DAP main PAS ikut kanan, An­war main dua-dua ikut be­lakang ...

He had said this when de­liv­er­ing a speech dur­ing a Barisan Na­sional elec­tion cam­paign in the 12th Gen­eral Elec­tion in Fe­bru­ary 2008.

A short clip from a video record­ing of his speech, pub­lished by an on­line news por­tal, was played in the High Court be­fore Ju­di­cial Com­mis­sioner Az­izul Azmi Ad­nan on the first day of trial yes­ter­day.

Khairy said An­war’s rep­u­ta­tion in the coun­try was “ques­tion­able” even be­fore the im­pugned words were pub­lished, re­fer­ring to An­war’s con­vic­tion in the cor­rup­tion trial and ac­quit­tal in the Sodomy 1 case.

“Hence, my state­ment could not do any harm or do less harm to the al­ready cog­nis­able dam­age to the plain­tiff’s rep­u­ta­tion,” he said.

Khairy added the news por­tal had “ed­i­to­ri­alised the speech” and it was taken out of con­text.

He was rep­re­sented by Tan Sri Muham­mad Shafee Ab­dul­lah while An­war was rep­re­sented by J. Leela and Latheefa Koya.

Trial con­tin­ues to­day.

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