KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 1 — Former political aide Saiful Bukhari Azlan and his wife have formed a media and political consultancy, in a turnaround from the days when he had been known only as the man who accused Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim of sodomy.
Met at the sidelines of the Umno general assembly here where he and his wife operated a stall selling women’s clothing and accessories, Saiful said it was just one of the couple’s various ventures.
“We have other businesses as well. My wife also does media and politics consultancy.
“My wife has 15 years’ experience in journalism, she does trainings for example like for public figures. They need training on how to be interviewed by reporters. How to handle a press conference, how to write a statement. How to answer provocative questions from reporters,” Saiful said.
Saiful said he helped his wife, former TV3 newscaster Nik Suryani Megat Deraman, by conducting analyses with a team of researchers.
The firm, Nang Surya, has over 20 lawmakers among its clients, he said.
“We have clients from both sides. We are bi-partisan,” he said while declining to name any on the grounds of confidentiality.
The couple who commute between Kuala Lumpur and Terengganu where their business is based are expecting a second baby boy in May next year.
Saiful rose to notoriety when he accused Anwar of sodomising him in 2008, for which the PKR de facto leader was finally convicted and sentenced to five years’ imprisonment last year.