Barang Buruk Azizan

January 7th, 1999

KUALA LUMPUR, January 7th (Associated Press) A food peddler reportedly is reaping profits by naming cookies after people involved in the lurid trial of Malaysia's former deputy prime minister. Mohd. Helmi Muhyiddin, who runs a food stall near the southern town of Johor Baru, has begun selling ``Azizan'' cakes for the coming Hari Raya festivities, the Star newspaper said Tuesday.

Azizan Abu Bakar is a key prosecution witness against the defendant, Anwar Ibrahim, who faces 10 counts of illegal sex and corruption. Azizan alleges he was sodomised by Anwar but could not remember any details of the alleged crimes. He had on one occassion denied three times that he was sodomised by Anwar.

Fernando: "When and where is it that you were alleged to have been made to eat kuih Batang Buruk Azizan?"

Judge: "That is irrelevant to the case."

Azizan: "I remember eating kuih in several top Kuala Lumpur hotels but I can't remember which hotels and on which dates. I can't remember going into any hotel restaurants ... but I remember ordering kuih ... at least 15 biji."

Fernando: "So, you cannot remember the dates. So, you cannot remember the times. So, you cannot remember going into any hotel. Yet you were able to give Ummi the 'facts' so that she could write your sworn statement which alleged you were made to eat Batang Buruk Azizan"

Judge: "That is irrelevant to the case."

Azizan: "I never realised that the kuih was vile, heinous, dirty and fattening. It was only after I met Ummi Hafilda Ali in June last year that I came to my senses "

Fernando: "I find it unbelievable that this went on from 1992 to 1997, and then you suddenly realised that the kuih was fattening and you had to make a sworn statement."

Judge: "That is irrelevant to the case."

Azizan: "Ummi made me aware of the heinous acts that I had been been doing .... before that, I didn't know and I wasn't aware what eating all that kuih was doing to me."

Fernando: "I put it to you that it was because kuih Batang Buruk Azizan did not do anything to you that you continued eating it between 1992 and 1997, otherwise you would have stayed far, far away from the kuih."

Azizan: "Ya"

[gasps from the Gallery]

Judge: "That is irrelevant to the case."

Court intrepreter: "Saya nyatakan kepada kamu bahawa adalah kerana kuih Batang Buruk Azizan tidak melakukan apa-apa kepada kamu yang menyebabkan kamu berulangkali memakannya diantara tahun 1992 dan 1997, yang mana jika tidak sudah tentu kamu telah pergi jauh, jauh dari kuih itu."

Judge: "That is irrelevant to the case."

Azizan: "Saya tak faham apa makna 'tidak melakukan apa-apa' "

Fernando to Judge: Your Honour, he has answered the question by saying 'yes'. Can Your Honour record his answer?"

Judge to Fernando: "Rephrase the question and use the word "fatten" instead. Otherwise, it is irrelevant to the case."

Fernando to Azizan: "I put it to you that the kuih did not fatten you, that's why you continued to eat it between '92 and '97."

Court interpreter: "Saya nyatakan kepada kamu bahawa kuih Batang Buruk Azizan tidak menggemukkan kamu, dan itu sebabnya kamu berulangkali memakannya diantara tahun 1992 dan 1997"

Azizan: "Saya setuju"

Probably unable to believe his ears, the Court intrepreter repeats response: "Saya bersetuju bahawa kuih Batang Buruk Azizan tidak menggemukkan saya dan oleh sebab itu saya terus memakannya antara tahun 92 dan 97."

Azizan: "Saya setuju"

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