Man in Anwar sodomy case now a fashion entrepreneur

Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, now a budding entrepreneur, and his wife Nik Suryani arranging merchandise at their booth at the Putra World Trade Centre.
Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, now a budding entrepreneur, and his wife Nik Suryani arranging merchandise at their booth at the Putra World Trade Centre.PHOTO: THE STAR/ ASIA NEWS NETWORK

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ ASIA NEWS NETWORK) -The man who was sodomised by opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has returned to the spotlight, this time as a budding entrepreneur manning one of the many stalls set up at the Putra World Trade Centre for the Umno general assembly.

"It has been eight years since I lodged that police report (against Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim). I am happy to be moving on," said Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan.

Saiful, who was once an aide of Anwar, lodged a police report accusing his boss of sodomising him at a condominium in a western Kuala Lumpur suburb in June 2008.

Anwar, 69, is serving a five-year jail sentence for sodomy after the Federal Court upheld his conviction.

Saiful, 31, and his wife Nik Suryani Megat Deraman are partners at Nang Surya, a business selling women's clothing, bags, accessories, batik and songket based in Terengganu, with a store in the state and an online store that caters to orders in Malaysia and from overseas.

"It was a last-minute decision to set up a stall here (Umno general assembly)," said Saiful.

"Somebody pulled out, so we were only given five days' notice to gather our products from Terengganu."

Former TV3 newscaster Nik Suryani, 36, said the traditional batik and songket were introduced to Nang Surya earlier this year.

"I first started with handbags and blazers," she said.

"As a newscaster, I loved wearing smart blazers. I wanted to also design blazers with statement prints."

She said she left the media industry after 15 years to "do something new".

"I've always loved handbags and fashion, and my husband encouraged me to pursue it as a business," she said.

Other than their fashion business, the husband-wife team also has a political and media consultancy firm.

They are also parents of a two-year-old boy. A second child is due in March next year.