Now... which is which. Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin yesterday accused Anwar Ibrahim of paying the CNN for his interview in the 'Connect The World' programme, while the CNN today denied such an accusation, saying it was fabricated (read here).
In a related issue, former US ambassador to Malaysia Mr John Malott wrote in Malaysiakini that Rais Yatim and whoever accused the Opposition Leader of becoming a CIA agent should apologise not only to him but also to the US and Malaysian premier Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, arguing that Washington was never involved in any espionage mission in this country.
And of course those with the accusation were asked to come up with proof and tangible evidence, whether Anwar is really a CIA agent (here) and whether he really paid a sum of money to CNN just to have him interviewed on the programme.
A CNN spokesperson said today it was disturbing that no effort was made to contact the network and "independently verify these groundless allegations before they were subsequently reported as fact". Over the past few days, a number of people had commented about Anwar's appearance on the CNN programme.
They had based their comments on an article by Joshua Trevino in The Ledger, a US online publication, which was also quoted by one or two local newspapers in Malaysia. Trevino had only alluded to the fact that those who had been hired by Anwar to run his public relations campaign in the United States had solid media contacts.
Malott wrote, "...it amazes me that today people in Malaysia still continue to disseminate the nonsense that Anwar is a CIA agent for their own political gain. I dealt with this issue 10 years ago in an article I wrote for Malaysiakini ('Anwar was never an American spy', Sept 2, 2000) in which I said categorically that Anwar is not and never has been an American agent.
"If I was lying 10 years ago, then why couldn't Mahathir - after 22 years in control of the Special Branch - prove me wrong? And why hasn't anyone been able to prove it in the seven years since Mahathir left power? Why can't they prove it today, instead of relying on the ramblings of mountain top bloggers in New York? Why hasn't Anwar ever been arrested on espionage charges?"
And then, former premier Tun Dr Mahathir who said Anwar was not loyal to the country for associating himself with Jews and the CIA, has also been accused of 'not being loyal to Malaysia for engaging Salomon Smith Barney and Goldman Sach during the economic downturn in 1997, as reported by Malaysiakini titled Mahathir a creation of the US?.
Excerpt: "Mahathir reconciled with George Soros, a Jew he once despised, when Soros visited Malaysia a few years ago and openly declared (for reasons which are still a mystery) that Soros was not responsible for Malaysia's financial crisis.
Jack Abramaoff, a Jew, arranged a meeting between Mahathir and former US president George W Bush after Mahathir's government paid US$1.2m to the Heritage Foundation that was managed by Abramaoff.
These are just some of the instances of Mahathir-Jewish partnerships. So who is the good friend of the Jews? Mahathir or Anwar?"
FOOTNOTE: I would like to ask the readers and Malaysians - Do you like all this?