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Dr Wan Azizah: Don’t forget the sacrifice made by the Permatang Pauh electorate

New Straits Times


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]

Wan Azizah Makes An Emotional Plea On Behalf of Anwar


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]

Anwar asked to explain why he took Saiful on an overseas trip


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.

Wan Azizah: Support for Anwar unchanged since he last contested

Thestar online

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]

Anwar’s lawyer: Judge, prosecution team fair

Fri, Aug 08, 2008
The Star

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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Why isn’t Saiful charged too? Asks Anwar.



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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Human Rights Watch Press Release:- “Malaysia: Drop Political Charges Against Opposition Leader.”

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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Sorry sodomy story: BN has lost all moral ground

Dr Mathew | Aug 6, 08 5:14pm

Right now the subject of sodomy in Malaysia seems to be the only boring but common issue around. Everybody is directly or indirectly promoting sodomy as if this is a Malaysian tourist attraction. Frankly almost everybody seem to be contributing to this sodomy issue. It has become so grotesque that of our top leaders was even allegedly involved in sodomy with a foreign girl who was murdered in Malaysia.

But let me get straight to the point. A young, tough strapping 23-year old man claims that he has been sodomised by a 62-year-old man suffering from chronic back pain. Who is this man? It is Anwar Ibrahim, and I would reckon he is probably the last statesman left in this country perhaps for another 200 years, who has a vision for the peoples and the nation. Having analysed his speeches and dialogues both within the country as well as all over the world, it is evident that he is the busiest politician or I dare I say, busiest human being in the country.

He is an intellectual, a Muslim spiritualist, a leader with incredible charisma, almost to the point where people just adore to be in his presence. I have been told that he is a man with monumental networking abilities to a point of being a networking genius. He is a skilled and tactical organiser of incredible proportions. A talented orator in both English and Bahasa Malaysia. I must also state here that he is a wonderful husband and a fantastic father. A husband who has devoted himself to his wife and vice versa for the last 26 years or so I think.

If there was an ounce of doubt, then they would have separated after six years in jail. But no, they have become stronger even after six years of forced separation, him being thrown in jail. Their children are strongly support their father. In short, they are a family bonded by extreme love and affection. I must also state here the following: Anwar’s wife is no ordinary wife. She is a medical specialist by profession. Let it be known to everyone that if a person has homosexual characteristics, then any doctor would easily detect these characteristics. [more]

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Charges may derail Anwar Ibrahim’s campaign

ABC, Radio Australia

Malaysia’s opposition politician Anwar Ibrahim will be charged with sodomy later today.

A statement from Malaysian police said prosecutors had decided to charge Anwar with “carnal intercourse against the course of nature”. The move will potentially derail Datuk Seri Anwar’s plans to return to parliament and to oust the government through MP defections. The former deputy prime minister has consistently denied allegations he had sex with a male aide, saying the accusation was aimed at derailing his political comeback.

Presenter: Steve Holland
Speakers: Anwar Ibrahim, Keadilan leader, Wan Azizah Ismail, parliamentarian and wife of Anwar Ibrahim

HOLLAND: The constituency of Permatang Pauh, an industrial area in northern Penang state is the scene of a political battle. The community is divided. It’s difficult to find anyone who will share their political leanings in an area where conflicting views of such a topic can result in volence.

But 28-year old Jo Wahim, a street vendor provides an insight and the accusations against Anwar Ibrahim won’t affect his choice:

HOLLAND: And you don’t believe what thay say about him?

JO: Yeah. I don’t believe them.

HOLLAND: So you’ll vote for him?

JO: Yeah I’ll vote for him, I’ll vote for Anwar in this place we can talk about him … this politics makes people agree with me ok, I’m in business.

HOLLAND: So if I speak to you about politics people don’t like it?

JO: People don’t like.

HOLLAND: Anwar Ibrahim’s wife, Wan Azizah Ismail last week vacated the seat of Permatang Pauh opening the door for her husband’s return to parliament.

HOLLAND: How do you respond to criticism which suggests that you may have let down voters by resigning from your former post? [more]

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Anwar arrives at Sessions Court to face sodomy charge, issues statement

The New Straits Times

PARTI Keadilan Rakyat de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has arrived at the Jalan Duta Sessions Court at 9am today amid cheers of Reformasi to face the sodomy charge against him.

Four FRU trucks and traffic police were stationed at the Sessions Court at early as 6.30am today.

Some 300 plainclothes, traffic and regular policemen are currently stationed around the complex where PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will be charged with sodomy at 10am.

A slight commotion occurred outside the Sessions Court where some 30 journalists and photographers, both foreign and local, are trying to get into the court room. The police, however, are allowing only one from each Press while the online media are put on the waiting list.

Only one reporter from each Press organisation was allowed in at 9am to cover the event and press tags were checked at the entrance.

In a statement released as he arrived at the court, Anwar claimed the charge is a “political persecution”.

He also claimed that it was the nation, and not he, who is being put on trial.

He said if detained or refused bail, PKR president Datin Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail will be coordinator for the counsel.