4 July 2015


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The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) of MPs from across the globe has called for jailed former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim to be given the necessary medical treatment.

“Although the three-day IPU mission… acknowledged efforts in addressing Anwar’s health problems, it urged authorities to allow follow-up care requested by doctors in early June after he underwent hospital treatment,” the union said in a statement.

IPU’s three-day mission, which included a visit to Anwar in prison, concluded on Wednesday.

The call comes amid concerns about a tumour in Anwar’s kidney.

A day before the IPU concluded its mission, Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak also noted Anwar’s condition, urging the relevant authorities to ensure he receives proper medical attention.

“I take note of Anwar’s health and want the relevant authorities to ensure he receives the necessary treatment,” Najib tweeted on Tuesday.

‘Anwar isolated’

The IPU also expressed concern that Anwar is not allowed contact with other prisoners.

In addition, they urged that other charges against other MPs over Anwar’s jailing to be dropped.

“The three-member delegation from IPU’s committee on the human rights of parliamentarians also call for the dismissal of charges and investigations against eight opposition MPs, including Anwar’s daughter Nurul Izzah Anwar.

“Some of the MPs had taken part in demonstrations, while Nurul Izzah had been briefly arrested after criticising the judiciary during a speech in Parliament,” it said.

It added the IPU delegation is urging Malaysian authorities to ratify and implement all key international human rights treaties.

It will present a full report on the mission to IPU members in October.


4 July 2015


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PETALING JAYA, July 3, 2015:

Rahimah Abdulrahim, the executive director of the Indonesian Habibie Centre, urged all Muslims around the world to stay united as urged by jailed Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in a message.

According to Rahimah, although Anwar was currently in prison, he still tried to provide his input on current issues concerning Muslims.

“Although behind bars, he did send a message through other people for us.

“He told us to keep strengthening Muslim democrats,” she said during a preparatory meeting of the second World Forum for Muslim Democrats (WFMD) held at One World Hotel in Bandar Utama here, today.

According to Rahimah, WFMD was the brainchild of Anwar. It serves as a platform for Muslims around the world to discuss current issues concerning Islam.

Executive director of the Institute for Policy Research (IKD) Khalid Jaafar, who was also present during the meeting, said that among the topics that would be discussed during this year’s forum were Islamophobia, terrorism, Muslim refugees as well as Muslim minorities living in non-Muslim countries.

Khalid said the upcoming forum would also be used as a platform for them to find a solution on the current Rohingya crisis.

“We will also be discussing about other refugees, too, such as those affected by sectarian wars as well as the political crisis in the Middle East.

The WFMD was held last year for the first time in Malaysia and saw the participation of about 300 delegates from several countries including Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan and Turkey.


30 June 2015


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MEDIA RELEASE June 30, 2015

Legal Team Urges Immediate Transfer to House Arrest or Hospital
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s legal team reports that Anwar’s health is deteriorating as a result of not being provided access to treatments required to address his serious health conditions. It is urgent that he be transferred immediately to house arrest where he can be permitted to visit his own doctors for regular medical care and treatment. At the very minimum, even if the request for house arrest is denied, he must be hospitalised for a sufficiently long time to comprehensively deal with all his medical issues.

On June 2, 2015, after a four-week delay from when the prison requested his transfer to a hospital, he was evaluated by Kuala Lumpur Hospital in a three-day visit. The doctors reported to him orally that he requires further evaluation and treatment relating to a number of medical issues including irregular blood pressure, a 4 cm growth on his kidney – requiring a CT scan, gastritis – requiring a gluten-free diet, and a shoulder muscle tear and chronic arthritis – requiring intensive physiotherapy. Anwar has also lost 6 kg (13 pounds) since his initial detention. The prison says it has received no medical reports from the hospital requesting the further testing – and it has no facilities for any testing or treatment of these conditions.

Anwar is being held in solitary confinement in hot and humid conditions with minimal ventilation, which are exacerbating his health problems. In addition, he has received only rare family visits once in three weeks, despite a doctor recommending he be allowed to see his family weekly. Family members are denied physical contact with him and speak to him through a phone across a glass panel. Requested visits with counsel are limited to twice a week with much scrutiny of lawyer’s files and documents. Anwar is also being harassed by being checked every 15 minutes in his cell around the clock. Since his discharge from hospital about three weeks ago, he was visited once briefly in prison by a physiotherapist who provided some minimal manipulation therapy.

“The injustice being perpetrated against Anwar continues,” said Sivarasa Rasiah, Anwar’s counsel. “The international community should be alarmed by Anwar’s deteriorating health, which has been greatly exacerbated by his being denied access to required care and facilities while he has been wrongly detained,” he added.

Anwar’s detention was ordered by the Federal Court on February 10, 2015, after it affirmed a five-year sentence on fabricated sodomy charges. Amnesty International designated Anwar a prisoner of conscience on February 17, 2015, and said the court’s decision was a “deplorable judgment, and just the latest chapter in the Malaysian authorities’ relentless attempts to silence government critics.” And Human Rights Watch said the Federal Court decision was a “travesty of justice.”

Anwar is in fact imprisoned because he presents a democratic and non-violent threat to Prime Minister Najib Razak. This is the second time Anwar has been subjected to a politicallymotivated prosecution under the same government. And it takes place in the context of numerous opposition leaders, journalists, and activists, including Anwar’s daughter Nurul Izzah Anwar MP, having been arrested, charged, and or detained under the country’s draconian Sedition Act and other oppressive laws.

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18 June 2015


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Pakatan Rakyat may be dead formally but still lives on in substance, says former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim who was instrumental in setting up the coalition that lasted for seven years.

“I have followed the latest developments that have impacted the formal Pakatan Rakyat coalition.

“However, in substance, the cooperation between the three parties at state and parliamentary level to oppose greed and injustices by BN still goes on,” he said in a note was made public by his lawyer and Subang MP R Sivarasa.

Anwar was in February sentenced to five years in jail for sodomy, a charge he claims is politically motivated.


18 June 2015


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The Home Ministry has denied blocking mail intended for the incarcerated opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim.

It told the Parliament today that there was also no complaints from Anwar against the Sungai Buloh prison since he was jailed on Feb 10.

“Nevertheless, some parties outside the prison who have certain interests have made all sorts of allegations against the management of Sungai Buloh prison in relation to Anwar’s treatment,” it said in a written reply.

The ministry was responding to a question from Ahmad Marzuk Shaary (PAS-Bachok) (photo), who asked yesterday for the number of complaints that Anwar had lodged, and the number of letters, postcards and books whose delivery has been blocked by prison authorities.

Anwar is serving a five-year jail sentence after being found guilty of sodomising his former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan. He has maintained that he is innocent.

In its reply, the ministry also said that mail for Anwar are subject to the Prison Regulations 2000 and the Prison Department’s standard operating procedures.

“In relation to that, it is not blocked by the prison management. Anwar is also not barred from other amenities and equipment offered to other prisoners based on the prison’s regulations and procedures,” it said.


16 June 2015


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Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today filed an application to have former Commercial Crime Investigation Department director Datuk Ramli Yusuff testify before the sodomy review hearing to prove there was a political conspiracy against him.

The application was filed by Anwar’s lawyer N. Surendran at the Federal Court this morning.

Surendran said Ramli would be called as a witness as his testimony in lawyer Rosli Dahlan’s suit against 17 defendants touched on a conspiracy in the “black eye” incident during investigations into Anwar’s first sodomy case.

“All the main characters in Sodomy I are also key players in Sodomy II, lending credence to Anwar’s argument of a political conspiracy against him,” he said.

Anwar in his application said Ramli, in a sworn statement dated May 27, had “strongly supported the conclusion that he is a victim of political conspiracy and false declarations”.

Ramli had allegedly said the former attorney-general Tan Sri Mohtar Abdullah, current A-G Tan Sri Gani Patail and former police chief Tan Sri Musa Hassan had conspired in Anwar’s black eye incident in 1998, where Anwar was attacked by then inspector-general of police Tan Sri Rahim Noor.

According to Ramli’s statement, Anwar said the three individuals had ordered Ramli to lodge a police report against Anwar and arrange for a doctor to claim that he had tried to hurt himself.

Anwar said Gani was the current A-G who had charged Anwar with sodomy this time around while Tan Sri Shafee Abdullah, who was appointed prosecutor in the case after being issued a fiat by the A-G, was an advisor and personal lawyer to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak – Anwar’s political rival.

“Thus I respectfully state that Ramli Yusuf’s statement is credible and extremely important for my case to prove that political conspiracy does exist,” he said.

On February 10, the Federal Court rejected Anwar’s final appeal in his sodomy case and upheld his five-year jail sentence.

The Court of Appeal on March 7 last year overturned the High Court’s acquittal of Anwar after finding him guilty of committing sodomy against his ex-aide. – June 10, 2015.

– See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/anwar-wants-ramli-yusuff-to-testify-in-sodomy-ii-review#sthash.hydBFxQj.dpuf

16 June 2015


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Perutusan DS Anwar mengenai Pakatan Rakyat

Semalam saya telah bertemu DS Anwar Ibrahim di Penjara Sungai Buloh berkenaan beberapa kes mahkamah. Berikut adalah perutusan beliau yang dituju kepada rakan-rakan politik dan rakyat Malaysia, yang beliau sampaikan kepada saya dalam pertemuan tersebut:

“Saya amat prihatin dengan perkembangan terkini berkenaan Pakatan Rakyat, yang telah diwujudkan sebagai alternatif kepada sistem politik yang gagal dan urus tadbir kerajaan yang lemah di bawah Barisan Nasional.

Saya kesal dengan usul untuk memutus hubungan dengan DAP yang telah diterima di Muktamar PAS. Saya gesa rakan politik kami PAS untuk mengkaji semula usul tersebut yang telah dilulus tanpa dibahas, dan agar ia tidak dilaksana pada ketika ini.

DAP yang telah lama menjadi teman dan rakan seperjuangan, terus komited dengan perjuangan untuk membawa perubahan. Saya juga tahu yang DAP bersama kami dalam usaha memastikan Pakatan Rakyat terus utuh dan menjadi pilihan alternatif rakyat.

Di bawah BN, keadaan semakin teruk. Rakyat terbelenggu dengan GST dan hutang mahabesar 1MDB; manakala polemik perkauman dan agama masih belum reda.

Adalah menjadi harapan besar rakyat agar Pakatan Rakyat terus mara untuk menyelesai masalah-masalah politik dan ekonomi yang semakin teruk di bawah pentadbiran BN.”

DS Anwar Ibrahim juga telah menghantar pesanan khusus berkenaan isu ini kepada Sdr Lim Kit Siang dan Datuk Seri Tuan Guru Hj Abdul Hadi Awang.

Ahli Parlimen Padang Serai
Anggota Biro Politik KEADILAN

9 Jun 2015

Press Release: DSAI’s message to the public on Pakatan Rakyat

Yesterday, I met Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in Sungai Buloh prison to consult on legal matters. I reproduce below his message to political allies and the public, given during that meeting:

“I am concerned with recent events affecting Pakatan Rakyat, which was formed as an alternative to the failed political system and poor governance under the Barisan Nasional.

I regret that a resolution to sever ties with the DAP was accepted at the PAS muktamar. I urge our political ally PAS to review that resolution which was passed without debate, and meanwhile not to implement it.

The DAP has long been our friend and comrade, committed to our great struggle for change. I know too that the DAP stands with us in our endeavour to ensure PR remains viable and united as an alternative to the people.

Under the BN, the situation is increasingly dire. The Rakyat are now further oppressed by GST and the massive 1MDB losses; while racial and religious polemic show no signs of abating.

It is the great hope of the Rakyat that Pakatan Rakyat will march forward to resolve the political uncertainty and economic troubles that plague our country under the rule of the BN.”

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has also sent separate personal messages in relation to this to Sdr Lim Kit Siang and Datuk Seri Tuan Guru Hj Abdul Hadi Awang.

Issued by,

Member of Biro Politik KEADILAN

9 June 2015

5 June 2015


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4th June 2015

A small growth has been detected in PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim’s kidney, his daughter Nurul Nuha Anwar revealed tonight.

Speaking at a forum at the KL Chinese Assembly Hall, the said her father underwent a minor procedure this morning at Kuala Lumpur General Hospital, where a small polyp in his kidney was detected.

“Hopefully, it is not cancerous as it is very small,” she said, adding that a histopathology would be carried out soon to determine the true nature of the polyp.

According to her, Anwar had been experiencing irregular blood pressure and black stools for some weeks now.

She also said that while his deteriorating health condition was brought to the attention of the prison doctor, Anwar still had to wait for clearance from Home Minister Zahid Hamidi before proper medical treatment could be sought at the hospital.

She also said her family had written numerous times to the doctor and prison authorities but ended up waiting three weeks before the Home Ministry gave Anwar clearance to go to hospital.

Anwar underwent an MRI scan and had an X-ray taken for a bad shoulder on Tuesday and is due back in prison tomorrow, Nurul Nuha said, adding that biopsy results will only be out next week.

Speaking on behalf of her family, she pleaded with the Home Minister to refrain from denying her father medical attention in the future and to put politics aside in view of her father’s fragile health at this moment.

The former Opposition Leader is currently serving a five-year prison sentence for sodomy.

5 June 2015


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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


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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.

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