Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim speaks to the press after attending his sodomy case hearing in the Sessions Court in Kuala Lumpur Wednesday.
KUALA LUMPUR: The prosecution wants to transfer Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy case from the Sessions Court where he was charged last month to the High Court.
But the defence objected to the move saying it was unnecessary and that the transfer certificate had been signed by Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail, who was to have no involvement in the case.
Lead counsel Sulaiman Abdullah complained about the shabby treatment by the prosecution, who only informed the defence about the transfer application at the eleventh hour.
“We asked them what was the plan and up to Tuesday, we were told that there was no decision.
“On Tuesday afternoon, senior DPP (and AG’s Chambers head of prosecution) Datuk Mohd Yusof Zainal Abiden was kind enough to call me to say that they most probably would ask for a transfer.
“Only 10 minutes ago when DPP Mohd Yusof appeared in court were we informed that they were indeed going to ask for a transfer,” the veteran lawyer said.
Describing the move as an “ambush”, Sulaiman said it left the defence to argue “practically out of the air.” [more]
KUALA LUMPUR: Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said Barisan Nasional had given its backbenchers the green light to go on an overseas study tour this month.
Najib, who is the BN chief whip, said he approved the study trip.
“I approve anything that is constructive. It (the study tour) is a programme initiated by the BN Backbenchers’ Club. It is up to them.
“It will be a good opportunity for our backbenchers to learn something,” he said yesterday after launching the Rakan Cop National Service programme.
Najib said the public should not read too much into the trip scheduled on the eve of Sept 16, the date opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has said would see him forming the next government.
Anwar needs 30 backbenchers to defect to topple BN and the sudden nature of the trip has sparked speculation that the BN leadership was sending backbenchers away to pre-empt crossovers.
Yesterday, Najib quashed such talk and Anwar’s plans to form a new government on Sept 16.
KUALA LUMPUR – The doctor who examined Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan after the latter had lodged a police report alleging he had been sodomised by Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has resurfaced to “set the record straight.”
Pusrawi Hospital’s Dr Mohamed Osman Abdul Hamid, reaffirmed statements he had made in a statutory declaration he had filed on June 28, saying that he had found no evidence of sodomy in his examination.
“I am standing by the SD that I have made. There have been a lot of media statements that have put me in a bad light both professionally and personally.
“Please be assured that I had merely done my job as a doctor. I am not involved in politics and I will always tell the truth,” Dr Mohamed Osman said at a press conference Thursday. He was accompanied by his lawyers M. Puravalen and Yusri Kamarudin at the Bar Council in Leboh Pasar Besar here.
His statutory declaration was leaked to Malaysia Today and published in the news portal on July 28, after which the Myanmar national took one month’s leave from the hospital and apparently fled the country.
The doctor said he has no knowledge of how his medical examination report on Mohd Saiful, who has alleged that he was sodomised by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, was circulated to the media and Internet.
“I don’t know how the information got out and I don’t know Mohd Saiful in a personal capacity.’ [more]
By RUBEN SARIO
KOTA KINABALU: Many of the 24 Sabah Barisan Nasional MPs are rejecting a move to get them to sign a loyalty pledge to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
State Barisan Backbenchers Club chairman Datuk Anifah Aman said the move proposed by Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Shafie Apdal was an insult to the Sabah MPs. He added that the pledge should instead be signed by all Barisan MPs nationwide.
He said various Sabah MPs including himself had repeatedly voiced their loyalty to the Barisan leadership and pledged that they had no intention of crossing over to join the opposition.
“We did this during the Permatang Pauh campaign, on television and again in Kota Kinabalu. Is the frequency of denial equivalent to our loyalty?” said Anifah, the Kimanis MP and Kimanis Umno chief.
He said many Sabah Barisan backbenchers had called him asking about the pledge and some had said they felt that they were being treated like “cattle.”
Anifah questioned Shafie’s real intentions for proposing the loyalty pledge and wondered whether it was aimed at scoring “political points” in his bid for the Umno vice-president’s post in the party polls.
Star on line
BUKIT MERTAJAM: The imam who threw doubt on the validity of Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan’s oath came forward to speak voluntarily, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said.
Anwar said he was only informed of Ramlang Porigi’s intention to speak at his ceramah in Padang Ibu, Taman Guar Perahu on Sunday night one hour before the event.
“I don’t know him. I was informed just one hour before the function and I said, ‘What is he going to say?’ because this is in front of 10,000 people at our function. [more]
By Jalil Hamid
PERMATANG PAUH, Malaysia (Reuters) – Malaysia’s opposition alliance, which backs Anwar Ibrahim in his bid to return to parliament, said on Monday that some of its supporters had been removed from voter lists ahead of a crucial by-election.
As tensions mounted in the usually sleepy northern Malaysian enclave of Permatang Pauh, police sent in reinforcements to prevent clashes between rival groups and there were reports of a scuffle between Anwar supporters and government backers.
The vote pits Anwar, an ex-deputy prime minister who is now the de facto opposition leader, against the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), the dominant party in the coalition that has ruled Malaysia since independence in 1957.
Tensions have mounted with the nightly airing on television of testimony sworn on the Koran by a 23-year-old former male aide who says he was sodomised by Anwar. Anwar has been formally charged with the offence and will appear in court on September 10.
“Clearly this election can only be fair and free when the media is free and when the Election Commission is credible and respected as an independent commission. We don’t have that on both accounts,” Anwar told a press conference on Monday.
Earlier, the Anwar camp said that Malaysia’s Election Commission had removed 949 names from the voter list that was used in the March 8 general elections. [http://uk.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUKKLR18099320080825]
Tarikh 31 Ogos merupakan satu tarikh keramat bagi seluruh rakyat Malaysia. Ia menandakan kita merdeka dari penjajahan yang sudah sekian lama menzalimi serta menindas. Beberapa hari lagi maka genap 51 tahun kita merdeka, 51 tahun sudah negara tercinta ini bebas dari penjajahan yang menindas. Namun kita melihat selepas 51 tahun keadaan menjadi lebih buruk. Pengangguran bertambah berkali-kali ganda, inflasi berada di paras tertinggi dalam sejarah yang mengakibatkan kenaikan harga barang secara mendadak, manakala kerajaan tidak mampu untuk menurunkan harga minyak ke paras yang munasabah bagi mengurangkan beban rakyat.
Kerajaan Barisan Nasional yang diketuai UMNO sudah tempang dan gagal memenuhi hasrat rakyat yang inginkan perubahan demi kehidupan yang lebih baik, makmur, harmoni dan adil. Akan tetapi kita kesal demi menggelincirkan proses perubahan, Barisan Nasional sanggup untuk menggunakan politik fitnah dan adu domba.
Saya menyeru penduduk Permatang Pauh agar bersama-sama menolak segala penipuan dan kezaliman yang dilakukan oleh Umno dan Barisan Nasional. Mari kita kuatkan iltizam serta perkukuh tekad perjuangan di dalam kita melawan fitnah serta perancangan jahat Barisan Nasional yang diketuai UMNO.
Marilah kita merdeka dari politik fitnah dan adu domba ini. Teladan yang ditunjukkan oleh Nabi Muhammad S.A.W dan anbiya lainnya seharusnya dijadikan iktibar. Saya menyeru kepada mereka yang terbabit supaya jangan menghina Syariah demi kepentingan politik. Kemukakan bukti dan saksi di Mahkamah Syariah bukannya bersumpah demi memenuhi nafsu politik semata!
26 Ogos 2008, undilah saya demi untuk keluar dari kesengsaraan hidup, rasuah dan kerencatan ekonomi. Bersempena bulan Merdeka ini marilah kita bersama-sama di Permatang Pauh ini mendakap semangat merdeka yang sebenarnya. Kita sampaikan kepada rakyat sudah tiba masanya untuk merdeka dari kesengsaraan hidup, merdeka dari rasuah dan merdeka dari keadaan ekonomi yang lembap. Marilah kita Memerdekakan Rakyat! Demi Memerdekakan Negara!