Mohamad Mahti Abdul Rahim, who was the late Tan Sri Megat Junid Megat Ayub’s bodyguard, said he had met the businessman last week.
“He asked me to help him find four former UTK officers. When he said it was to attack Datuk Seri Anwar, I told him I didn’t want to know anything at all,” he said.
Former Malacca chief minister Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Thamby Chik had admitted yesterday that Shazryl, Perkasa treasurer-general Datuk Shuib Lazim and himself were collectively the mysterious “Datuk T” behind the 21-minute sex video that was screened on Monday.
Mohamad Mahti, who had worked for the former domestic trade and consumer affairs minister for 18 years, said he did not want to be involved despite having known Shazryl since the 1990s.
“But now that all these accusations have happened, I feel I need to reveal the truth. Datuk Eskay is a Si Kitol,” he said, referring to the character in Malay history who betrayed the Sultan of Malacca to the Portuguese for his own benefit.Mohamad Mahti said that Shazryl had known Anwar since the latter was a minister in the 1990s.
He said that Shazryl was likely motivated by his anger at the opposition leader for not wanting to testify in a suit for an alleged RM20 million in commission he claimed was owed to him for securing the deal to build the “crooked bridge” from Singapore to Johor. “Whether this tape is real or not I don’t know, but this is a low and deceitful thing to do,” he said.
Mohamad Mahti said that he first met Shazryl when the latter was a physiotherapist for the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) in the 1990s.
“Datuk Megat had a muscle tear and Shazryl was recommended to me, so I introduced him to Datuk Megat,” he explained.
“But when Datuk Megat had cancer and even when he passed away, Eskay never once visited him,” he said.
He said that Shazryl now operated five fertiliser factories in Thailand and had become close to Abdul Rahim because he was the chairman of the Rubber Industry Smallholders Development Authority (Risda) and Shuib because he was the father-in-law of Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal.
“He is also trying to get close to Felcra chairman Datuk Tajuddin Rahman so that he can secure deals to sell the fertiliser,” he said.
“I am available if the police or even the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission want to question me. If Eskay wants to sue me, go ahead. I have no worries,” he said.
He added that he was not being asked by anyone to make these claims, pointing out that “if I was paid, we would hold the press conference in an air-conditioned hotel.”
Mohamad Mahti was also a witness in Shazryl’s RM20 million suit, where he testified that Shazryl had received a letter from Megat Junid confirming the deal to build the RM460 million bridge, a project that has since been abandoned.
Shazryl and Abdul Rahim have been detained by police earlier today in relation to the sex video.
Anwar has denied that he is the man in the video, claiming that it is a political attack by Barisan Nasional.
The black-and-white video was allegedly taken on February 21 at a hotel room in Kuala Lumpur.
It begins with footage showing a man the trio claim to be Anwar, a woman with East Asian features and another unidentified man in the room.
The second part, recorded from four slightly different angles, showed the man receiving oral sex from the woman and then having sexual intercourse with her in several positions.