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Respect decision of March 8, Anwar told

thestar.com.my

By LOONG MENG YEE

KUALA LUMPUR: The Opposition is in control of five states, but its leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim continues to drag the country into political uncertainty because he wants to be prime minister.

MCA Youth chief Datuk Liow Tiong Lai said Anwar should respect the wishes of the people made known in the March 8 general election results.

“The opposition keeps saying the wishes of the people must be respected.

“Then respect the decision of March 8. They want the opposition to rule five states, but Barisan Nasional to helm the Federal Government.

“However, instead of concentrating on how to govern the fives states properly, Anwar is putting all effort to become prime minister. That was not what the voters wanted,” Liow told reporters after launching the Easy Pha-Max Healthylympics and the company’s first store here Friday.

As for the sodomy allegation by Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, Liow said it was unfair for Anwar to accuse the Government of conspiracy because “it is between the two of them”. [more]

Amnesty International Press Release about Anwar Ibrahim

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 6, 2008
3:41 PM

CONTACT: Amnesty International USA
AIUSA media office
202-544-0200 x302
 
Charges Against Malaysian Opposition Leader
Anwar Ibrahim Politically Motivated,
Claims Amnesty International
Human Rights Group Considered Anwar a Prisoner of Conscience
 
WASHINGTON – August 6 – Sodomy charges against Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim may be an attempt to stop him from running for election to parliament, Amnesty International said today. “Ten years ago, the government used a similar charge of sodomy against Anwar Ibrahim and kept him in jail for six years. The conviction was ultimately overturned,” said Sam Zarifi, Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific director. “In 1998, Amnesty International considered Anwar Ibrahim a prisoner of conscience. Today, there are again indications that the government is not playing by the rules in this case.” 

A male aide, Mohamad Saiful Bukhari Azlan, had filed a complaint stating that Anwar had forcibly sodomized him. On July 28, the medical examination report of Azlan by a doctor at a private hospital was leaked to the press. The report indicated that he had not been sodomized. However, the doctor advised him to go to a government hospital for a second examination, which he reportedly did later that day. The whereabouts of the doctor are currently unknown. 

“We are also concerned about the safety of all the witnesses in this case, particularly Dr. Mohamed Osman, and we call on the government to provide adequate protection to them,” Zarifi said. 

Amnesty International called on Malaysian authorities to grant bail to Anwar if and when they do charge him. He was previously denied bail in 1998 on “national security” grounds. 

“It’s fair for the Malaysian people and the international community to judge the Malaysian government’s respect for the rule of law based on how they proceed with this case,” said Zarifi. 

Background:  

Malaysian police informed Anwar on August 6 that he would be formally charged with “carnal intercourse against the order of nature” and should present himself to the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court at 10 a.m. on August 7. Also on August 6, the Elections Commission announced that the by-election for the Permatang Pauh, Penang parliamentary seat, which Anwar is contesting, would be held on August 26. 

Armed police officers wearing masks arrested Anwar on July 16 and held him overnight after Azlan filed a complaint stating that Anwar had forcibly sodomized him. The investigation was reported to have concluded on July 31. 

Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir Mohamad removed Anwar from his position as Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister in September 1998, after disagreement between them on Malaysian financial policy related to the 1997 Asian economic crisis and Anwar’s public criticism of the Prime Minister. In April 1999, Anwar was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment for corruption and was further sentenced to nine years for sodomy in August 2000. The Federal Court overturned the sodomy conviction in September 2004 after Anwar had spent six years in prison. His corruption conviction disqualified him from running in elections or holding political office until April 2008. 

Anwar began campaigning on August 1, 2008, a day after the resignation of his wife, Dr. Wan Azizah, from her Permatang Pauh parliamentary seat. 

Anwar is the de facto leader of the Pakatan Rakyat (People’s Alliance), a coalition of three parties opposing the ruling Barisan Nasional, which has led Malaysia since its independence in 1957. The Pakatan Rakyat won 82 of the 222 parliamentary seats in the March 2008 general elections. This was the first time since 1969 that the Barisan Nasional lost its two-thirds majority in the Parliament, the number required to defeat any veto attempts and to amend the Malaysian Constitution. 

Anwar has called for a no-confidence vote against the government by September 16. He has stated that he can get at least 30 members of parliament from the ruling coalition to join the motion, thus ending the Barisan Nasional’s decades-long rule.

Anwar is the ticket to new govt, says Guan Eng

The Star Online

IPOH: PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is the people’s ticket to a new Federal Government, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said.

Lim, who is also Penang Chief Minister, said Anwar’s return to Parliament after he wins the Permatang Pauh by-election would pave way to programmes for an improved new Government.

“We hope Anwar can win and win big so that he can bring to Parliament the hopes of the Pakatan Rakyat and all Malaysians for a fairer, more democratic and transparent Government.

“We are confident that with the cooperation among the partners of Pakatan Rakyat, there will be new politics,” he said when opening the Ipoh Timur and Ipoh Barat DAP Parliamentary Liaison Committee annual general meetings here on Sunday night. [more]

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Press Release from Anwar Ibrahim’s office: Campaign kick-off in Penang

Dear friends and supporters,

Join us for the moment that we’ve waited 10 years for – the campaign to return Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to Parliament. 

At 9:00 PM at the Tapak Ekspo Pertanian in Seberang Jaya, Penang, YB Husam Musa, YB Azmin Ali, YAB Lim Guan Eng, Dato’ Seri Dr. Wan Azizah will join Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in the kickoff event for his campaign to win in Permatang Pauh.

We’ll have highlights of the event to share with you soon. 

Office of Anwar Ibrahim 

Solat Hajat dirumah Anwar Ibrahim

Anwar Ibrahim addressing supporters at his home on July 31st, the day he announced his intention to
contest in Permatang Pauh (in Bahasa)

Barisan Nasional may boycott the upcoming Permatang Pauh by-election

The Star Online

KOTA BARU: The Kelantan Umno liaison committee chairman has defended his proposal that the Barisan Nasional boycott the upcoming Permatang Pauh by-election.

Tan Sri Annuar Musa believes that the by-election is a trap laid by PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Although some see the boycott proposal as odd, Annuar is generally seen by Umno as a tactician. Emphasising that the proposal was his personal opinion, Annuar urged Umno and its Barisan partners to study it.

Annuar raised three points to support his proposal:

> THAT it was a waste of public funds since PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail had deliberately resigned from her post;

> THAT the timing of the by-election coincided with personal issues Anwar is facing; and

> THAT there should not be a by-election in the first place.

“Like it or not, Anwar is baiting Barisan. That is his strategy as he chose to contest when he is battling personal issues such as allegations of sexual misconduct. This makes the contest uncertain. If he is arrested prior to the run-up, his supporters would see him as a hero. [more]

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Has Ezam Already Admitted Defeat at Permatang Pauh?

Note from Freeanwar.org: The comments of Ezam in the following article seems to indicate that he has already admitted defeat at Permatang Pauh. The question then is why does he still contest. Why not do something else? Are there other forces behind him pushing him to contest Anwar Ibrahim?

Ezam Reiterates Readiness To Stand Against Anwar In By-election

KLANG, Aug 2 (Bernama) — Former Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Youth leader and current Umno member Mohamad Ezam Mohd Nor has reiterated his readiness to stand against PKR advisor Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in the forthcoming by-election in the Permatang Pauh parliamentary constituency in Penang.

“If you ask me whether I am prepared to stand against Anwar Ibrahim, I would say that I am ready and I would not reject such an offer. Victory or defeat is not the main thing. More importantly, it is opposing Anwar as a team to uphold the truth.

“That is why I say do not talk of victory or defeat to me, and do not scare me with the constituency of Permatang Pauh. Do not challenge me because I am a fighter and I will fight,” he said at a “ceramah” (talk) organised by the Shah Alam Umno Division here last night.

Mohamad Ezam said Anwar was not a warrior because he chose to contest in Permatang Pauh, regarded as the safest seat for him. [more]

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Poll: Only 11% believe that Anwar Ibrahim engaged in sodomy

International Herald Tribune, AP

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: Public confidence in Malaysia’s political and economic future has dwindled dramatically in recent months, with the prime minister’s popularity hitting an all-time low, a survey showed Friday.

The independent Merdeka Center research firm found that only 28 percent of registered voters polled in July felt encouraged by the country’s direction, a severe fall from 68 percent in late February.

The center said its nationwide survey of 1,030 adults was conducted by telephone July 4-14 and had a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points. […]

In another blow to the government, 66 percent of respondents thought that a recent sodomy accusation against opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was politically motivated to disrupt his career, the Merdeka Center said.

Anwar insists the accusation by his 23-year-old former aide was part of a government plot, but Abdullah and other leaders deny any conspiracy. Police completed their investigation into the allegation Thursday, but government prosecutors have not announced if Anwar would be charged.

Only 11 percent of the Merdeka Center’s respondents believed the sodomy accusation, compared with 55 percent who thought it was false. The others were unsure or did not respond. Only 31 percent were confident that police would handle the case in a fair and transparent manner.

Permatang Pauh by-election: Brutal battle ahead

The Star Online, By BARADAN KUPPUSAMY

BY MOST accounts Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is set to win handsomely in Permatang Pauh but with the sodomy accusation hanging over him like a dagger and his failure to engineer a mass defection, his plans to topple the government and become prime minister remain a dream

Nevertheless at a prayer session in his house late Thursday night, Anwar kept that dream alive telling die-hard supporters, “victory in Permatang Pauh is assured, after that we march to Putrajaya.”

Faced with imminent arrest over sodomy charges and his fragile Pakatan Rakyat opposition coalition showing cracks, Anwar pre-empted his political enemies with the stunning move, “asking” his wife and PKR President Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail to vacate the Permatang Pauh seat for him to contest.

But with the situation as it is now, he will be fighting with his back to the wall, not only in the by-election but also to revive the momentum of his sterling March 8 comeback that is losing steam rapidly. When Anwar and Dr Wan Azizah made their announcement the only Pakatan Rakyat leader beside them was Cheras MP Tan Kok Wai who although a veteran DAP MP, is not a national leader like DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang or chairman Karpal Singh.

More significantly no PAS leaders were present especially when the entire PAS leadership was in the city the same day to discuss the future of the Umno-PAS “Malay unity” talks.

“Their absence is sickening,” said a senior PKR leader who requested anonymity. “What is the Pakatan without Anwar. Who brought them all the non-Muslim votes?”

With PAS and Umno in an “unholy embrace” the extent of PAS support for Anwar’s leadership of the opposition and his candidacy in the by-election, is being questioned. [more]

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Anwar free to contest by-election, says PM

New Straits Times Online, PUTRAJAYA, Fri.:

Parti Keadilan Rakyat advisor Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is free to contest in the by-election to be held for the Permatang Pauh parliamentary constituency but, at the same time, the country’s laws pertaining to the sodomy allegation against him will take their course if there is a case, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said today.

“No one will stop him from contesting,” the prime minister told reporters at his office here. He was asked to comment whether the country’s image would be jeopardised in the international arena should legal action be taken against Anwar now that he has announced his intention to contest in the by-election.

Anwar’s wife and PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail yesterday announced her resignation as the Member of Parliament for Permatang Pauh, paving the way for a by-election and giving Anwar the opportunity to contest and make his way into parliament.

Abdullah said the due process of the country’s laws would not discontinue when an individual wanted to contest in an election, adding that there had been no such precedent. [more]

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Anwar Antes Up

FROM TODAY’S WALL STREET JOURNAL ASIA
August 1, 2008

Malaysia’s high-stakes political standoff just had the ante upped. With the resignation of his wife from Parliament yesterday, opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim declared he’s running for office in the by-election to fill her seat. The question now is whether the government will allow him to do so.

[Anwar Ibrahim]

The stakes are high for the ruling National Front. Mr. Anwar’s three-party opposition coalition controls 82 of 222 parliamentary seats. If Mr. Anwar wins office — which seems likely, given he’s running for the seat he held for 17 years — the opposition says 30 MPs would defect to their side, giving them a majority and likely felling the government. Mr. Anwar would be on his way to becoming Prime Minister.

One way to prevent this from happening would be if Mr. Anwar were convicted of a crime, thereby disqualifying him from office. Remember what happened in 1998, the last time Mr. Anwar was riding a wave of popular support across Malaysia’s varied ethnic voting blocs. He was convicted of corruption and sodomy in 1999 and 2000, respectively; the sodomy conviction was overturned in 2004.

Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar told a press conference yesterday that the police have wrapped up their investigation into a new sodomy allegation against Mr. Anwar. But like the 1998 case, the circumstances are questionable. [more]

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