Saiful’s ‘I quit’ mail to Anwar
Soon Li Tsin | Jul 1, 08 4:35pm
Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan had purportedly resigned as PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim’s aide after much “reflection and contemplation” just a day before lodging a police report against his ex-boss.
An email believed to be from Saiful was made available to malaysiakini, in which he reveals his decision to quit.
Dated June 27, the email was sent to Anwar and PKR chief of staff Ibrahim Yaacob from Saiful’s Blackberry mobile phone at 3.01am.
The mail reads:
Nobody know (sic) what God decides for us. People come and go. After seeing the new office, I felt a sense of worry and repentance in me.
I’ve been reflecting upon myself in the past few weeks. This is the conclusion from my reflections of myself.
1. Indiscipline. Not punctual.
2. Unqualified. It will make it easier for your enemies to attack you and tarnish your image.
For the sake of your well being and the party’s, I regret to inform you that I am submitting my resignation as your private assistant effective today.
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to work. All the knowledge that you’ve bestowed upon me will be used as best as possible.
Anwar sent a reply at 6.28am which stated:
Thank you for continuing your services and (good luck with) your university education. You have served with sincerity, loyalty and commitment.
There is more knowledge to be gained. Haha.
Ibrahim will coordinate your tasks after this as best as he can.
‘Not his style’
According to Ibrahim, the email address belongs to Saiful but the former is sceptical as to whether the resignation letter was actually written by him.
“I received that email that day and I could tell that it is not his style. It could have been authored by somebody else,” he told Malaysiakini.
Last Saturday, Saiful caused a stir when he lodged a police report alleging that Anwar had sodomised him.
Anwar had dismissed this as a “complete fabrication” and sought refuge in the Turkish Embassy on grounds that he feared for his life after the allegations surfaced.
However, he has since returned to his home after getting assurances for his safety from three ministers – Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar, Foreign Minister Dr Rais Yatim and Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak.
Meanwhile, Saiful was sent to Hospital Kuala Lumpur for a medical examination and is believed to be awaiting the results.
The police are expected to question Anwar soon as investigations are underway.
It is learnt that Saiful began working for Anwar’s office one week before the March 8 general elections.
He was then assisting Rahimi Osman, also a former aide of Anwar, in coordinating the former deputy prime minister’s election schedule and programme.
After elections ended, he was retained as Anwar’s private assistant. Rahimi subsequently resigned from Anwar’s office 3-4 weeks ago and the work was absorbed by Ibrahim, then assisted by Saiful.
Saiful’s character had been the subject of much heated debate on the Internet with at least two bloggers through their site claiming to know him personally.
A visit to his home in Bandar Utama affirmed further that Saiful’s whereabouts are presently unknown.