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BUKIT MERTAJAM, Sun:
Newly elected Permatang Pauh Member of Parliament Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was today reminded of the sacrifices made by the people in the parliamentary constituency and not to forget their deeds.
Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said that the people of Permatang Pauh had sacrificed much to look after Anwar’s family all this while and yet did not ask for any favours when she was the MP for the constituency.
Dr Wan Azizah – who was the former Permatang Pauh MP from 1999 before stepping down on July 31 to enable Anwar, who is also her husband, to contest the seat – said this at a thanksgiving with the Wanita PKR machinery at Yayasan Aman, here.
Meanwhile in his speech, Anwar, who is also the PKR advisor, reminded Penang Deputy Chief Minister Muhammad Fairus Khairuddin to go down to grassroot level more often to look into the problems of the people.
Anwar said although the State Assemblyman for Penanti was busy with state business, he must spend time to meet the people in his constituency and the feedback received was that the young PKR leader was seldom seen in his constituency since winning in the general election in March. [more]
The wife of Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, who led his Keadilan party while he was in jail, has made an emotional plea to voters to return him to parliament.
Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, a medical doctor and mother of six, held Anwar’s seat of Permatang Pauh during his political exile after he was sacked in 1998 and jailed on sodomy and corruption charges.
She stood aside to trigger a by-election that will be held tomorrow, in the latest step of his plan to oust the government with the help of defectors after March general elections that handed the opposition unprecedented gains.
“I appeal to you to vote for my husband. My husband was put in jail for six years, at that time my children were small,” Wan Azizah said at a campaign event last night.
“They said my husband had committed a heinous crime, but when my children asked me why their father had been put in jail, I told them it was because he wants to help the less fortunate.” [more]
BUTTERWORTH: PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim should explain why he took Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan on an overseas trip if he claims that the latter is only a “pantry boy.”
Deputy Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin said PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail initially said Mohd Saiful was an aide, but later PKR strategist Saifuddin Nasution Ismail claimed that he was a “boy who makes coffee”.
“They say Mohd Saiful was not paid a fixed salary, and was merely a volunteer. But later in an interview with Malaysiakini, Anwar admitted taking Mohd Saiful on a trip abroad.
“This is what that puzzles me most. Who would take a coffee-making volunteer on a trip?” he said during an Umno Youth ceramah at Jalan Tenggiri, Seberang Jaya, on Wednesday night.
BUKIT MERTAJAM: Support for PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has never wavered since he last contested and won the Permatang Pauh parliamentary seat 13 years ago, said PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
“The situation this morning is different from when he last walked here in 1995. Things have changed, but the support has never wavered. I am touched by the show of support for him.
Deja vu: Anwar and Dr Wan Azizah leaving the hall after submitting his nomination papers yesterday. They were accompanied by scores of Pakatan members and supporters.
“The only difference now is that the response is spontaneous and frenzied. I cannot say it is a feeling of déjà vu, but I am happy that he is contesting again.
“I was just holding the seat for him while he was away,” said the former Permatang Pauh MP who is Anwar’s wife. [more]
Fri, Aug 08, 2008
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA: Supporters of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and PKR including his family members and lawyers commended the court for acting fairly at his latest sodomy case.
They claimed victory in round one of the trial after Anwar was released on a personal bond pending hearing.
“It is a good action by the judge. He does not have to pay money for his release,” Anwar’s wife and PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said.
Dr Wan Azizah said she had been concerned as her husband suffers from back pain.
One of his lawyers, Sankara Nair said that although the offence could allow for discretionary bail, the defence team had been apprehensive because Anwar was denied bail at his earlier sodomy trial 10 years ago.
“I believe, with the prosecution team not opposing bail, this court, and this judge, has been fair,” Nair said. [more]
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Speaking to reporters later, Anwar who signed his bond papers at 11.12am, said his case is not a normal case and that the defence would ask for a copy of the police report on the allegations against him.
He also asked why Saiful was not charged for the offence.
“Just imagine if Saiful had to sit in the same dock with me, what to do?” he asked as he winked at reporters and laughed aloud.
He also said that he had been teased and advised by his friends that he should learn a lesson not to have a “young, smart and handsome man around me”.
“I was told that I couldn’t bring a pretty girl. She (his wife Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail) will object.
“I cannot bring a young man or old man. I can only bring an 80-year-woman on a wheelchair. I will be safe. If it’s a pretty girl, Azizah will strangle me,” he said with laughter. [more]
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Police Investigation of Anwar Ibrahim Lacks Credibility
[New York, August 7, 2008] – The Malaysian government should immediately withdraw politically motivated charges against opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, Human Rights Watch said today. Police served Anwar, who is running for office, with an order to appear in Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court on August 7, 2008, under a colonial-era law that criminalizes homosexual conduct.
The Malaysian government appears to be manipulating the legal system to shore up support for its continued rule and undermine the opposition.
Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch
But several instances of misconduct around the investigation into allegations that Anwar had sexual relations with a male former aide show the charges are aimed at preventing Anwar from leading a new government. Police handled the inquiry improperly, while government officials interfered in it and tried to publicly intimidate and embarrass Anwar. On August 26, Anwar is due to run in a by-election for the constituency vacated on July 31 by his wife, Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail. On August 6, police ordered him to appear in Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court to face charges under section 377 of Malaysia’s criminal code, which criminalizes “carnal intercourse against the order of nature.”
“The Malaysian government appears to be manipulating the legal system to shore up support for its continued rule and undermine the opposition,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “This case is really about preventing challenges to the government’s rule.”
There is no legal impediment to Anwar’s running in the by-election, but denial of bail would prevent him from campaigning. Although a “sodomy charge” is a non-bailable offense, common practice has been for bail to be granted. Given Anwar’s high public profile, Human Rights Watch said that bail should be granted, as there is no evidence that he is a flight risk or will intimidate the complainant or any witnesses.
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