Kenyataan Media Pejabat DSAI

16 July 2008

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KUALA LUMPUR, 16HB JULAI, 2008 3.30 PM

Petang ini jam 1.05 petang Anwar Ibrahim, Mantan Timbalan Perdana Menteri Malaysia ditahan di luar rumah beliau di Kuala Lumpur. Beliau dijadualkan untuk memberi kenyataan di Ibu Pejabat Polis Kontinjen Kuala Lumpur pada jam 2.00 petang berasaskan perjanjian yang dicapai dengan pihak polis pada hari Selasa lalu.

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim ketika itu dalam perjalanan pulang dari Ibu Pejabat Badan Pencegah Rasuah ke rumah beliau selepas memberi kenyataan berkenaan laporan polis yang dibuatnya. Laporan tersebut berkaitan pemalsuan serta penyembunyian bukti-bukti kes oleh Tan Sri Musa Hasan dan Tan Sri Gani Patail pada tahun 1998 yang membabitkan Datuk Seri Anwar. Beliau diiringi para peguam, staf dan pasukan keselamatan.

Pasukan polis yang disertai 10 buah kereta, separuh darinya tidak dapat dikenali, telah memaksa rombongan Datuk Seri Anwar untuk berhenti sejurus mereka memasuki persimpangan Bukit Segambut. Pasukan polis ini juga terdiri dari Unit Tindakan Khas yang berjumlah 20 orang bertopeng, mengingatkan kita kepada peristiwa tahun 1998.

Seorang pegawai terus mendekati Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim dan meminta beliau turun untuk menaiki kenderaan yang disediakan polis ke Ibu Pejabat Kontijen Polis Kuala Lumpur( IPK KL). Para peguam beliau tidak dibenarkan untuk bersama dalam satu kenderaan menuju ke IPK KL.

Penangkapan ini terjadi kurang dari 15 jam selepas Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim muncul buat julung kalinya secara siaran langsung di Televisyen Malaysia semenjak tahun 1998. Beliau mengumumkan kepada para penonton akan hasratnya untuk bertanding pilihanraya kecil dan selepas berjaya membentuk kerajaan baru, akan menurunkan harga minyak petrol tempatan sebanyak 50 sen.

Majoriti rakyat Malaysia gembira dan menyatakan sokongan ke atas kenyataan yang dibuat oleh Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim ketika siaran tersebut.Insiden penangkapan ini mengejutkan serta menunjukkan segala episod yang berlaku bagaikan satu ulangan tindakan yang dikenakan kepada Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim pada tahun 1998. Minggu-minggu kebelakangan ini menyaksikan media arus perdana yang dimiliki kerajaan mulai menabur fitnah dan memburukkan Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Kakitangan beliau diganggu dan kita menyaksikan satu konspirasi telah bermula untuk merencatkan perubahan politik yang kian hampir. Rakyat Malaysia dan komuniti antarabangsa walau dalam apa jua keadaan sekalipun tidak akan membenarkan Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim dicederakan. Perdana Menteri Abdullah Badawi mesti berpegang pada janji untuk memastikan keselamatan Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Kami berjaya berkomunikasi dengan Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim dan beliau meminta para penyokong dan rakyat Malaysia untuk tetap bertenang supaya tidak ada alasan bagi pihak kerajaan untuk mengisytiharkan darurat. Oleh itu beliau menyeru agar rakyat Malaysia dan para penyokong menolak sebarang bentuk provokasi.

PEJABAT DATUK SERI ANWAR IBRAHIM
CONTACT: [email protected]

English Version

This afternoon at 1:05 PM Anwar Ibrahim, former Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, was arrested outside of his home in Kuala Lumpur. He was due to issue a statement at IPK KL (Kuala Lumpur Police Contingent Headquarters) at 2:00 PM based on an agreement reached with the police on Tuesday.

Anwar Ibrahim was returning from the Anti Corruption Agency to his home after giving a statement pertaining to the police report that has been filed regarding suppression of material facts in the case involving him in 1998. He was accompanied by his senior legal team, staff, and security.

As he entered the neighborhood of his home, a contingent of ten police cars, half unmarked and half patrol, forced the two cars in Anwar Ibrahim’s entourage to stop. There was a contingent of 20 balaklava-clad masked commandos (UTK) who accosted him, reminiscent of the forces sent to arrest Anwar Ibrahim at his home in September 1998.

An officer approached Anwar Ibrahim and demanded that he accompany the police in an unmarked vehicle to the Kuala Lumpur Police Contingent Headquarters. His lawyers were not permitted to travel with him to the police station.

This arrest has taken place less than fifteen hours after Anwar Ibrahim appeared live on Malaysian television for the first time since 1998 and announced to millions of viewers his intention to stand for election, and upon the formation of a new government, to lower the domestic price of fuel by 50 sen. The overwhelming majority of Malaysians expressed their support of his televised statement.

These events are deeply disturbing to us and indicate that this entire episode is a repeat of the actions taken against Anwar Ibrahim in 1998. During the last few weeks the government owned mainstream media has demonized and vilified him. His staff has been harassed and we see a conspiracy being hatched to thwart the political change that is imminent in Malaysia.

Under no circumstances will the people of Malaysia and the international community tolerate any harm coming to Anwar Ibrahim. We remind Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi of the promise he made to ensure Anwar Ibrahim’s protection.

We have been able to communicate with Anwar Ibrahim, who calls upon his supporters and the people of Malaysia to remain calm and to reject any attempts at provocation, which will give a pretext for an emergency situation to be declared.

OFFICE OF ANWAR IBRAHIM
CONTACT: [email protected]

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