The research assistant of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who is Port Dickson member of Parliament, is suing his political secretary and press secretary.
Muhammed Yusoff Rawther, who is the PKR president’s research assistant, is suing the Pakatan Harapan leader’s political secretary Farhash Wafa Salvador Rizal Mubarak and his press secretary Tunku Nashrul Tunku Abaidah.
The suit was filed by Yusoff at the Shah Alam Sessions Court recently.
In his statement of claim, Yusoff said Farhash had attacked him without provocation at Anwar’s office in Bukit Gasing on May 16.
“Farhash confronted me as he claimed that I was rude to Anwar’s secretary Shukri Saad.
“He then assaulted and punched me multiple times after I denied that I was involved in such an act.
“He then pushed me to the floor and continued assaulting me before slamming my phone on a table after which I managed to escape his choke (on Yusoff’s throat).
“Farhash then threatened to kill me,” Yusoff said.
The plaintiff said he alerted Anwar of the incident via WhatsApp, and the latter asked him to seek medical attention and rest at home.
However, he claimed that Farshah confronted him again the following day and told him that he could do whatever he liked in the office.
“He again threatened to kill me,” said Yusoff.
Yusoff who is the grandson of the late Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) founder SM Mohamed Idris, subsequently lodged a police report on May 26.
Yusof, who is the plaintiff, also filed a separate suit against Anwar’s press secretary Tunku Nashrul over statements involving the incident.
He claimed that Tengku Nashrul had made statements which were defamatory in nature against him, when he accused him of having drug addiction and disciplinary problems.
The defamatory statements was published by various news portals on June 10.
Yusoff said he was traumatised, emotionally disturbed, and has not worked for Anwar since the incident four months ago.
In his suit against Farhash, Yusoff is seeking RM1,876 for medical treatment, RM400 for his broken Fortis watch strap, RM5,500 for his broken iPhone 6 as well as RM40,000 for a surgery to fix injuries on his shoulder.
He is also seeking costs and other relief deemed fit by the court.
In his suit against Tunku Nashrul, he is seeking general damages for libel and slander to the tune of RM1million, aggravated as well exemplary damages.
Yusoff also seeking an injunction to restrain the defendant not to repeat the libelous statement and a public apology.
Farhash and Tunku Nashrul in their brief statements said they had yet to be served with any summons pertaining to the lawsuit and declined to comment further.