5 June 2015


Pendapat Anda?

The Star Online: 5 June 2015

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has been discharged from Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL) and will be continuing treatment at Sungai Buloh Prison.

“Praise God, the doctor has allowed me to leave. I will continue my treatment at Sungai Buloh Prison while waiting on the results of the medical test,” tweeted Anwar on Friday.

Anwar was admitted to HKL on Tuesday for a series of scheduled test.

According to his wife Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Anwar had to undergo an investigative scope to determine the source of his bloody stool.

After visiting her husband on Tuesday, she told reporters that Anwar has lost weight and looked “skinny and gaunt”.

The former opposition leader is also said to be suffering from high blood pressure and chronic shoulder pain.

Anwar was jailed in February for five years on charges that he sodomized a former male aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan in 2008, a case he claims was fabricated by the government.

4 June 2015


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Today marks day 110 of the unjust and politically motivated incarceration of Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim. Amnesty International has declared him as a prisoner of conscience.

While his spirit remains indefatigable, we have observed that for some weeks now Datuk Seri Anwar has shown visible loss of weight. We have been informed by his family and his team of lawyers who have seen him in prison that he has lost up to 6 kgs to date which is very worrying if that weight loss continues. The party leaders are also informed that he has presence of blood regularly in his stool which requires urgent medical assessment and treatment. Datuk Seri Anwar’s blood pressure has also been irregular and was recently as high as 163/108 despite being on medication.

On top of all this, he is suffering from a full thickness tear of his right shoulder capsule ( from an injury which took place a year ago ) and which still causes him pain and discomfort now in detention. This injury requires an MRI scan, treatment, and possibly even surgery, for a full recovery.

We are also informed that Datuk Seri Anwar has made repeated requests for medical treatment and hospitalisation which regrettably have been delayed. Even a simple request for an MRI on his shoulder had seen no response for many weeks. We acknowledge however that he has received a number of visits by doctors sent from the Ministry of Health who were monitoring his condition.

However we were informed by his lawyers who had visited him over the last two days that he will finally be hospitalised on Tuesday 2nd June 2015 at HKL for a full check up, observation and treatment.

KEADILAN and the family regrets that his hospitalisationhas been delayed. We demand that Datuk Seri Anwar be given the full medical attention and care that he requires. The Home Minister Datuk Zahid Hamidi must guarantee that Datuk Seri Anwar will be allowed to remain in hospital for as long as it takes for a thorough evaluation of his health and for all necessary treatment to be given.

Anything less would be a further violation of his rights as a political prisoner.

The party will be seeking regular updates on his health through his family and lawyers who must be given full access to him during his hospitalisation.

Datuk Johari Abdul
Majlis Pimpinan Pusat KEADILAN
Ahli Parlimen Sungai Petani

Nurul Nuha Anwar

29 May 2015


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The Court of Appeal in Putrajaya today granted Anwar Ibrahim’s application to strike out the majority judgment on his sodomy case in 1998 that Senator S Nallakaruppan and two others used in their defence statements in the RM100 million suit Anwar filed against them.

Leading the three-judge panel, Justice Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahim said they unanimously allowed this appeal and set aside the decision of the High Court.

The other two judges were Justice David Wong Dak Wah and Justice Abang Iskandar Abang Hashim.

The court also dismissed the cross-appeal filed by the three defendants and ordered them to pay RM15,000 as costs to Anwar.

On Dec 26, 2012, High Court Judicial Commissioner Vazeer Alam Mydin Meera allowed Nallakaruppan, Utusan Melayu (Malaysia) Bhd and its editor-in-chief Abdul Aziz Ishak to retain most of their statements of defence in case.

The only part that the  judicial commissioner struck out was the plea of justification.

Lawyer Muhammad Asmirul Asraf Fadli, who represented Utusan, told reporters that the decision was based on Section 43 of the Evidence Act, which prohibits the evidence of previous convictions to be used in civil case.

On March 26, 2012, Anwar filed a suit against the three defendants over Nallakaruppan’s statements in a front-page article of Utusan Malaysia on March 20, titled ‘Anwar biseksual, tak boleh jadi Ketua Pembangkang – Nalla’ (Anwar is bisexual, can’t be Opposition Leader – Nalla).

Anwar’s statement of claim said the words in the article were false, baseless and published with malicious intent.

He is seeking RM100 million in general, aggravated and exemplary damages, costs and other relief deemed fit by the court.

22 May 2015


Pendapat Anda?


Former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has called on Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to resolve the problems concerning 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

In a statement issued through his daughter Nurul Izzah from court today, he said Najib, who is also finance minister, owed the people an explanation on this issue.

“The leakages and loss incurred because of weak management and abuse of 1MDB must be dealt with immediately,” he added.

Anwar, who is serving a five-year prison term, said the poor are also suffering due to the imposition of the goods and services tax (GST).

“Our focus now should be on championing the people’s right in opposing to the increase of prices or goods because of GST,” he added.

Anwar said Najib should address these two issues before announcing the 11th Malaysia Plan.

The prime minister unveiled the 11MP in Parliament this morning, charting the nation’s course for the next five years.

However, it was a video of his deputy Muhyiddin Yassin calling for 1MDB’s board of directors to be axed and investigated which has become the main issue.

The 1MDB imbroglio continues to be one of the biggest thorns for the Najib administration.

Despite the prime minister’s repeated attempts at firefighting, the issue continues to blaze.

Meanwhile, Anwar’s wife, Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who replaced him as opposition leader, reminded the public about Najib’s lofty promise in the 10th Malaysia Plan (10MP), particularly on 1MDB which has turned into a debt burden.

“I am worried about the true impact of the 10MP on the livelihood and wellbeing of the rakyat which will become apparent during the 11MP.

“For example, the 10MP previously mentioned how 1MDB will benefit the rakyat and in the 11MP, we will evaluate the impact of 1MDB on who did it really benefit as well as where the Goods and Services Tax collected will be spent,” she said.

22 May 2015


Pendapat Anda?


Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak perlu memberi penjelasan kepada rakyat berhubung isu kebocoran dan kerugian akibat pengurusan lemah dan penyelewengan syarikat sarat hutang 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), kata Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Ketua umum PKR itu berkata, kenaikan harga barang selepas pelaksanaan cukai barangan dan perkhidmatan (GST) perlu diperjuangkan agar tidak terus mendera rakyat miskin.

“Kedua-dua permasalahan di atas perlu ditangani sebelum Najib mengemukakan Rancangan  Malaysia ke-11 (RMK11) di Parlimen.

“Insya Allah, saya akan terus  istiqamah dengan  perjuangan menegakkan keadilan,” katanya menerusi kenyataan disampaikan Naib Presiden PKR, Nurul Izzah Anwar di Mahkamah Tinggi Kuala Lumpur hari ini.Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin menerusi video tersebar di laman sosial hari ini menggesa Najib memecat lembaga pengarah 1MDB dan mengarahkan polis menyiasat syarikat itu.

Katanya, sekiranya Najib yang juga pengerusi lembaga penasihat 1MDB tidak bertindak, tidak mustahil Umno dan Barisan Nasional (BN) akan kalah dalam pilihan raya umum akan datang.

“Saya beritahu perdana menteri, pecat semua ahli lembaga pengarah 1MDB. Buang mereka. Buanglah, pasal mereka, perdana menteri terpaksa menanggung, tetapi tidak dibuang lagi.

“Buanglah. CEO ni buang. Bukan buang sahaja, panggil polis siasat,” kata Muhyiddin disambut sorakan pemimpin tertinggi Umno yang hadir.

Muhyiddin berkata, beliau berasa hairan bagaimana dalam tempoh yang singkat syarikat milik Kementerian Kewangan itu menanggung hutang sehingga RM42 bilion.

Katanya, isu 1MDB perlu segera diselesaikan kerana ia hanya menjadi liabiliti kepada kerajaan dan menyebabkan Umno tidak dipilih rakyat.

“Kita perlu ambil tindakan, tak boleh beri sedikit masa.

“Jadi rakyat tengok, barulah pimpinan kerajaan rasa bertanggungjawab ambil tindakan serius,” katanya.

13 May 2015


Pendapat Anda?


Last Thursday, my mother was elected the new member of Malaysia’s Parliament from Permatang Pauh, a seat that was wrested away from the opposition through the politically motivated conviction of my father, Anwar Ibrahim, a former deputy prime minister and the country’s opposition leader. In February, the highest court in Malaysia sent him to prison for five years on trumped up charges of sodomy. He is serving his third prison sentence since 1999.

In March, I delivered a speech in Parliament focused on good governance and judicial reform on behalf of my father. The reading was deemed seditious by the government, and I was arrested and locked up overnight.

The Sedition Act, which criminalizes speech uttered “to excite disaffection” against the government, is one of this administration’s favorite cudgels. Its definition is so broad that it gives the government sweeping powers to arrest and lock up critics under the guise of punishing “sedition” or in the ostensible pursuit of maintaining public order.

In the last two years, it has been used successfully to harass or prosecute scores of people, mostly government officials, including several members of Parliament. The cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque, better known as Zunar, was hit with nine charges under the Sedition Act — mostly based on tweets allegedly attacking the judiciary over the verdict against my father. His artwork and cartoons were confiscated, and he is now out on bail.

In addition to harassing me and persecuting my father, the state has applied constant pressure on my mother, a state assemblywoman, in hopes that she will wilt both physically and psychologically. The police have also hinted of their plans to interrogate my younger sister, Nurul Nuha, who is leading March 2 Freedom, a coalition to free my father.

We are running out of family members for officials to arrest on bogus charges.

What’s most alarming is that the government’s actions are part of a much larger pattern of threats to the rule of law and human rights. In recent months, every week or so brings news of the politically motivated detention of a government critic. I am out on bail now, but my arrest is intended to silence me and to warn other would-be government critics.

The United Malays National Organization, known as UMNO, and its allies have been in power since independence in 1957. The tempo of state repression quickened two years ago after the 2013 parliamentary elections when the opposition won 51 percent of votes cast, versus 47 percent for the government.

Through gerrymandering and the creation of uneven electoral districts, the ruling coalition clung to power by holding on to 60 percent of the seats. The Electoral Integrity Project, an international organization, recently rated Malaysia as having the worst electoral-district boundaries in the world and among the worst election rules. This places Malaysia alongside countries like Zimbabwe, Angola and Egypt.

The opposition’s showing at the polls two years ago was a political near-death experience for Prime Minister Najib Razak and the ruling party. It was answered with investigations, arrests and imprisonment.

Meanwhile, UMNO, whose main constituency has historically been the ethnic Malay Muslim majority, with help from its pliant coalition partners, has cynically raised the mercury on issues related to race, religion and the Malaysian royal family, so as to keep the multiethnic opposition coalition on the defensive.

Religious freedom in a country with sizable Christian, Buddhist and Hindu minorities is now endangered as public figures vying for popular support among Muslims have supported the persecution of religious minorities. Christians, who make up about 10 percent of the population, have been a prime target.

Last month, for example, in one high-profile incident, demonstrators in Petaling Jaya demanded that Christians remove a cross from the exterior of their church — and the cross was removed. And in 2013, Ibrahim Ali, a leader of Perkasa, a Malay supremacist organization, allegedly publicly endorsed the burning of Bibles.

Instead of focusing on dissenters, government officials should be doing their jobs. For one thing, Malaysia’s economy needs revamping. A sizable portion of the working population in a young country of 30 million citizens still remains eligible for welfare cash handouts. We are too reliant on natural resources. The gap between the rich and poor has been growing and is now among the widest in the region. Our education system remains weak and incoherently structured, creating an unemployable class with poor career prospects.

The Pakatan Rakyat opposition coalition that my party is a part of aims to focus on structural reforms in key economic policies with the goal of creating a clean and more effective government. Reducing inequality and the cost of living, providing affordable housing, good governance and a serious fight against corruption are our priorities.

Malaysia’s answer to extremism has been economic opportunity. Now that this deal is faltering, and now that the borders are porous — more than 1,000 refugees from Myanmar and Bangladesh landed on our shores on Monday — there is a risk that extremism could find a home here.

It’s encouraging that Mahathir Mohamad, the country’s former long-time prime minister, has recently become Prime Minister Najib’s fiercest critic, attacking him as corrupt and incompetent.

But we need louder voices to condemn what’s happening here. World leaders need to tell Mr. Najib and his cronies that trade and economic considerations, including the much talked about Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, will not be placed above civil and political rights. It’s time for Malaysia’s friends around the world to stop giving our leaders a pass on sharply declining human rights and the rule of law.

11 May 2015


Pendapat Anda?


PKR hari ini menuntut badan berkanun yang berurus niaga dengan 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) menyenaraikan semua urusan mereka dengan dana pelaburan strategik negara yang sarat dibebani hutang itu, susulan laporan Kumpulan Wang Amanah Persaraan (KWAP) turut membeli sebidang tanah di Tun Razak Exchange (TRX) daripada 1MDB, selepas Lembaga Tabung Haji.

Setiausaha agungnya Rafizi Ramli berkata, orang ramai perlu tahu sejauh mana wang awam terlibat dalam urusan 1MDB, dan mahu kenyataan terbuka yang termasuk pegangan bon, pemberian pinjaman, pembelian tanah dan sebarang urus niaga yang pernah dirundingkan badan berkanun itu dengan 1MDB

Berita mengenai pembelian KWAP itu timbul selepas minggu lalu, sebuah blog mendedahkan Tabung Haji membeli plot tanah di TRX dari 1MDB pada harga RM188.5 juta.

Beliau mengutuk sekeras-kerasnya keputusan tabung pencen negara itu, mengatakan walaupun pembelian tanah itu dilaporkan pada harga yang lebih murah daripada yang dibayar Tabung Haji, ia tetap satu lagi bentuk suntikan dana bagi menyelamatkan atau “bail out” 1MDB.

Rafizi berkata, selain Tabung Haji dan KWAP, beliau percaya 1MDB juga mengadakan perbincangan dengan agensi/badan pelaburan negara lain seperti Kumpulan Wang Simpanan Pekerja (KWSP), Lembaga Tabung Angkatan Tentera (LTAT) dan Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB).

“Sebarang penjualan kepada Tabung Haji, KWAP, KWSP, LTAT dan PNB perlulah dibuat terus daripada kerajaan persekutuan kepada agensi-agensi tersebut,” katanya.

Rafizi juga menggesa Najib mengarahkan agar semua perjanjian dan kontrak melibatkan penjualan hartanah oleh 1MDB kepada agensi-agensi dana rakyat tersebut dibatalkan segera secara suka sama suka (mutual termination of contract).

Beliau juga mencabar Ketua Pemuda Umno merangkap Menteri Belia dan Sukan Khairy Jamaluddin, menjadi suara dalam parti itu, menuntut ketelusan tersebut.

“Sekiranya beliau tidak mendapat jawapan yang memuaskan seperti yang dikehendaki (kenyataan terbuka badan berkanun), wajarlah beliau mengambil langkah berprinsip meletakkan jawatan daripada Kabinet,” katanya.

Tabung Haji membeli tanah di TRX itu pada harga 43 kali ganda lebih tinggi daripada apa yang dibayar 1MDB ketika membelinya daripada kerajaan persekutuan tiga tahun lalu.

Manakala KWAP dilaporkan membeli tanah itu pada 30 kali harga pembelian asal.

“Keuntungan atas angin yang dikaut 1MDB ini akhirnya digunakan untuk membayar faedah-faedah bernilai ratusan juta ringgit yang terpaksa dibayar beberapa kali setahun, sedangkan dana asal yang dipinjam sebanyak RM42 bilion itu tidak diketahui ke mana perginya,” katanya.

11 May 2015


Pendapat Anda?


PAS information chief Datuk Mahfuz Omar has announced today that the Islamist party has agreed that PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail should be the opposition leader in Parliament.

This comes after the party’s Pakatan Rakyat partner, DAP had backed Dr Wan Azizah for the post, a day after she won the Permatang Pauh by-election.

Mahfuz said the decision was made during a meeting, chaired by PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, last Saturday.

“The party unanimously agreed to it and the president suggested to hand the matter over to the party with the majority… And that party is DAP,” he said.”We also discussed that since DAP has stated their stand to give the post to Dr Wan Azizah, we agreed to follow Pakatan Rakyat’s earlier stance to choose the PKR president to be the opposition leader,” he told reporters at PAS headquarters in Kuala Lumpur today.

Last Thursday, Dr Wan Azizah successfully retained the Permatang Pauh parliamentary seat after incumbent Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was disqualified as MP in February this year following the Federal Court’s decision to uphold a second sodomy conviction, which the opposition has claimed was a political conspiracy to end his career.

Last Friday, DAP’s Lim Kit Siang said his party backed Dr Wan Azizah to be the opposition leader.

“Dr Wan Azizah’s solid and impressive win in Permatang Pauh paves the way for her to be re-elected as the parliamentary opposition leader,” Lim said.

30 April 2015


Pendapat Anda?


Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s lawyers said today legal action will be taken against Election Commission (EC) chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof if the opposition leader is barred from voting in the Permatang Pauh by-election.

In a legal demand sent to Aziz earlier today, Anwar’s lawyers said that the former Permatang Pauh MP had registered to vote before he was imprisoned and EC’s refusal was a “breach of law”.

“We are further instructed that you had in your capacity as the EC Chairman issued statements to news portal Malaysiakini on 27th and 29th April 2015 which you had denied our client’s right to vote in Permatang Pauh by-election on May 7,” the letter wrote.

“We are now instructed to demand that unless you confirm to us in writing that our client is entitled to vote in the by-election on May 7th and that he will be allowed to do so by the EC, within 24 hours hereof, we have instructions to file legal proceedings to compel you to do so without further reference to you.”

In a statement, Anwar’s lawyer N Surendran said Aziz cannot disregard Anwar’s right to vote, citing Article 119(3)(a) and 119(4)(b) of the Federal Constitution.

The two laws stated that a person can be disqualified from voting if he or she is jailed at the time of registration.

This week, Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi was quoted by Bernama as saying that in the EC laws, any unsound mind or prisoners cannot vote.

“According to EC laws, there are a number of conditions including age limits and categories of people who are not allowed to vote, among them those who are insane and prisoners.

“I’ve have checked and found that no prisoners have been allowed to vote. This is not what I am saying, it’s the law which is saying it,” he said in the national news agency’s report.

The Permatang Pauh seat fell vacant after Anwar was jailed for his second sodomy conviction on February 10.

30 April 2015


Pendapat Anda?


PMTG PAUH Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail may be a petite woman, but now her fangs are out as she fights off claim after claim that threaten her chances of victory in Permatang Pauh.

In particular she is unhappy to be described as a “blind loyalist” to her husband, jailed PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim.

Last night at the anti-GST (goods and services tax) ceramah in Seberang Jaya, Azizah spoke with a firm voice and asked that she not be insulted during the campaign.

“Do not insult me, do not say I am a blind loyalist. I am not blind”.

She was referring to allegations by a group of residents from Kajang, her constituency as assemblyperson, who claimed she merely obeys Anwar’s orders.

“Anwar went through the same (sodomy) allegations twice – there were many things which were not right about his case,” she said.

“Why should I follow BN and believe what they say about Anwar?” she asked the 500 who turned up for the ceramah.

Anwar was first jailed for abuse of power related to his first sodomy charge, from 2001 to 2006.

During his absence, Azizah contested his Permatang Pauh seat in the 1999, 2004 and 2008 national polls.

She was victorious in all three, but vacated her seat in July 31, 2008 to allow Anwar to recontest the seat for him to return to active politics.

She remained as PKR president since 1999, and her post was never challenged in the party’s triennial internal elections.

Wan Azizah now faces three candidates – Umno’s Suhaimi Sabudin, PRM’s Azman Shah Othman and independent Salleh Isahak – vying for the parliamentary seat that goes to polls on May 7.

Early voting is on May 3. Anwar lost the seat when he failed to obtain royal pardon for his early release from jail.

‘I am not alone’

Azizah also refuted an obscure news portal which alleged that Azizah was “lonely and alone” on her campaign trail, which has entered its sixth day today.

To show she was neither lonely nor alone, Azizah roped in several top Pakatan leaders to join her on stage as she delivered her short speech at the Tapak Expo.

Among them were PKR deputy chief Azmin Ali (right), central committee member Xavier Jayakumar, Seberang Perai assemblyperson Afif Bahardin, PAS deputy chief Mohamed ‘Mat’ Sabu, PAS central committee member Hatta Ramli, Penang PAS commissioner Mujahid Yusof Rawa, DAP’s political secretary to the Penang chief minister Wong Hon Wai, Batu Kawan MP Kasthuri Patto and Seri Delima assemblyperson RSN Rayer.

Last night at a dinner organised by PAS at Cross Street, Permatang Pasir, these leaders also sang Azizah’s praises.

Azmin said Azizah is not an ordinary woman.

“A nation can be rotten because of corrupt leaders but Azizah lived a simple life compared to others,” said the Selangor menteri besar.

Mahfuz (left) described Azizah as Permatang Pauh’s “most suitable candidate” to take over Anwar’s baton.

“Her victory is not only important for Permatang Pauh, but also the whole country,” said the Pokok Sena MP.

“All these years, Azizah and her family have suffered so much because of the struggle,” he added.

‘You too, Muhyiddin?’

Hatta, who is PAS election director, reminded that Kak Wan was the founding president of PKR when the party was launched before the 1999 national polls.

She was also the country’s first female opposition leader, he said.

She is committed to the struggle until now although her opponents, including Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, try to belittle her ability, he added.

Apart from BN’s strategy to portray Azizah as living in her husband’s shadow, Muhyiddin has kicked off a campaign to undermine Azizah by questioning her ability to juggle two constituencies.

However Hatta (right) called the DPM’s bluff pointing out, “If they say she cannot take care of two constituencies, how about Muhyiddin?

“He is DPM in Putrajaya, but needs to serve his voters in Pagoh as he is the MP there,” he said.

Hatta said Pakatan works as a team in Parliament, so the question of whether Azizah can serve Permatang Pauh as MP and Kajang as assemblyperson at the same time does not arise at all.


30 April 2015


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Claiming a miscarriage of justice, ?PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim today filed an application for a judicial review of the Feb 10 Federal Court decision on Sodomy II, for which he has been jailed for five years.

Anwar cited the unusually prompt statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office following his conviction and the Umno roadshow held after that featuring his case prosecutor Muhammad Shafee Abdullah (below, left), among reasons for the application.

He said he believed there was nothing before the court for it to convict and sentence him, owing to the conflicting evidence on the carpet – purportedly where the alleged incident occurred – which was moved to another unit.

His application for the review was filed by lawyers N Surendran and Michelle Yesudas. Also present was Anwar’s daughter, Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar.

Anwar, 67, wants the rulings of the Court of Appeal and the Federal Court in convicting him to be set aside.

His lawyers cited Rule 137 of the Federal Court Rules for the review of the application that was filed about 11am today.

Anwar, in his affidavit supporting the application, questioned the swiftness of the PMO in issuing its statement on the Federal Court verdict of Feb 10, which he argued gave the impression to the public that the PMO knew the decision before its pronouncement.

Shafee’s conduct at roadshows questioned

“Further it is not a practice for the PMO to issue such a statement in a criminal appeal and it has not happened before in the past in any case. There is no special reason in issuing such a statement.

“I respectfully say it is the abnormality in the conduct of the PMO has caused me grave injustice,” the former opposition leader said.

Anwar further questioned Shafee’s conduct in having the roadshow following his conviction alleging that it was backed by Umno the ruling party.

He maintained that Umno is part of the claim of political conspiracy made against him, which was made by none other than Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak himself.

On the carpet used as evidence, defence counsel and former Federal Court judge Gopal Sri Ram said the alleged offence was said to have taken place in condo unit 11-5-1, but the carpet submitted to the court was seized from unit 11-5-2.

‘No evidence carpet was moved’

“The prosecution claimed that the carpet was moved but there is no evidence to suggest that. I do not believe in flying carpets,” the senior lawyer had said.

Based on this matter alone, Gopal argued, the sodomy incident did not occurred.

Anwar further cited it was wrong for the court not to accept the evidence of an independent witness Dr Mohd Osman Abdul Hamid, as he was not a witness with any interest in the matter.

He further claimed inconsistency in Saiful’s evidence, in which the accuser testified that the underwear he wore on that fateful day was washed by his mother, but yet the prosecution tendered another of Saiful’s underwear with seminal stains on it.

“Incredibly, the underwear tendered was not the underwear Saiful wore and this renders his evidence as totally unreliable,” Anwar argues in his application.

He also questioned investigating officer DSP Jude Blacious Pereira’s conduct in removing the samples taken from Saiful, which had been placed in a plastic bag, and re-labelling them.

“Yet the Federal Court ruled there was no break in the chain of evidence,” he said.

Anwar also questioned the court’s rejection of defence witness Dr Thomas Hoogland’s evidence that he (Anwar) was labouring intense back pain and could not have committed the purported (sex) act, but yet it accepted evidence from Hospital Kuala Lumpur’s Dr Jeyaindran Sinnadurai.

Later, outside the court, Nurul Izzah told reporters that they would continue to fight for Anwar, whom she described as a political prisoner as the family believed him to be innocent.

30 April 2015


Pendapat Anda?


Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today filed an application with the Federal Court to review his recent sodomy conviction and five-year jail sentence, in yet another attempt to exonerate himself after failing to secure a royal pardon earlier.

Anwar’s lawyer N. Surendran said that an application was filed this morning to seek a fresh panel of judges at the Federal Court to review its previous decision.

“The reason is grave miscarriage of justice in the first decision,” he told reporters here when explaining the grounds of the review bid filed under Rule 137 of the Rules of Federal Court 1995.

“The court has powers to review its own decision when there has been injustice,” the PKR vice-president added, also arguing later that the Anwar was wrongly imprisoned.

PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar, who was also present, maintained the PKR de-facto leader’s innocence and said he is a political prisoner.

“That is the sentiment of the family: ‘We will never surrender’,” Anwar eldest daughter said, noting that the family will not give up on seeking his release through existing legal avenues, despite hardships such as only being allowed monthly visits to the 68-year-old.

On February 10, the Federal Court sentenced Anwar to five years’ jail when it upheld the Court of Appeal’s 2014 ruling that had reversed Anwar’s acquittal of sodomising former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan.

With the sodomy conviction, Anwar was barred from appearing in Parliament and was disqualified as a federal lawmaker.

According to the application today sighted by reporters, Anwar wants both the Federal Court and Court of Appeal’s decision against him to be set aside.

Alternatively, Anwar wants to have his appeal against the Court of Appeal’s conviction reheard on its merits.

In the same court document, Anwar stated two grounds for his review bid, including his view that the Court of Appeal’s March 7, 2014 decision to convict him ought to be set aside “to prevent injustice”.

Anwar also said the Federal Court’s judgement had been rendered “objectively unsafe” by both the Prime Minister’s Office’s statement on the same day of the apex court’s decision and the conduct of the lead prosecutor after the ruling.

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