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Anwar To Chat Live With Yahoo! Users

Posted: 16 May 2011 05:36 AM PDT

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Parliamentary Opposition Leader and former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim will be the first Malaysian to appear on Yahoo! Malaysia’s newly-launched interactive 'Question Time' segment at 11:30 am this Thursday, May 19. The politician will spend at least an hour with Yahoo! Malaysia editors who will act as facilitators during the live chat session.

Early indications point to a strong interest in this event from Yahoo! users not only from Malaysia but also from South East Asia and other parts of the world where Anwar has a strong following.

The live Q&A session will be conducted via the 'Cover It Live' platform, which features real-time chat sessions. Yahoo! Malaysia Country Editor S Vicknesan said it was a great opportunity for the man-(and woman)-in-the-street citizen to interact directly with Anwar, one of the country’s most prominent politicians.

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, left, and his wife Wan Azizah arrive at a courthouse in Kuala Lumpur, …
“Questions from our audience, which can be in English and Bahasa Malaysia, must be concise, on topic, to the point and relevant to the discussion at hand,” he said, adding that brevity would be important due to the large volume of participants expected.

“Of course, Yahoo! users need no reminding with regards to respecting the dignity of the forum as the conversations they generate will help raise the level of political discourse in Malaysia.

“We will try our best to accommodate all questions but constraints of time and volume may not allow this. We pray for the understanding of our users," he said, adding that the main aim of the event was to provide a more direct and frequent link for interaction between the Malaysian public and their leaders.

‘Empowerment for voices’

In a pre-event release, Anwar said the live session was an opportunity for him to hear the 'concerns of the wider audience' and questions people may have on the path of Malaysian politics.

"I am excited to be working with Yahoo! on this interview as they demonstrate their commitment to provide an open and truly transparent platform to communicate and engage with people.

“I want to hear the concerns of the wider audience and address any questions that people may have about the future of politics in Malaysia. The Internet delivers true empowerment for voices, however small, to be heard" said Anwar.

Anwar, politically active since his days as a radical Muslim youth leader, has one of Malaysia’s most remarkable political careers. Once seen as the country’s brightest political star, he was elevated to the deputy prime minister-ship by former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who, along with many others, saw Anwar as his heir apparent.

But Anwar fell from grace as dramatically as he rose to prominence. In 1998, he was sacked from his post as deputy prime minister and investigated for corruption and sodomy – charges widely believed to have been trumped-up.

The charges led to open and widespread demonstrations in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur. However, the chants of ‘Reformasi’ (‘Reforms’) from Anwar’s army of supporters did not save him from being found guilty and jailed by the Malaysian courts.

Political tsunami

He was released in 2004 and from there went on to rebuild his shattered political career, notably spearheading the co9ming together of three opposition parties – his own PKR (People's Justice Party) along with the Democratic Action Party (DAP) and the Islamist PAS – into a single coalition know as 'Pakatan Rakyat' (The People's Coalition).

Anwar accuses judge of 'prejudging' sodomy trial
Harnessing the power of the Internet and social media as well as Anwar’s unmatched oratory skills, the opposition Pakatan made tremendous gains in the March 2008 general elections, sweeping up five states and denying the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition a two-thirds majority, an event which was later described as a political tsunami.

However, just as things were looking up for the Permatang Pauh member of Parliament, controversy struck again in 2008 when a male aide claimed he was sodomised by Anwar. Anwar has denied the accusation but nevertheless arrested was today ordered by the High Court to enter his defence on the charge.

Anwar's situation hasn’t been helped with the emergence of a sex video allegedly featuring him with an unknown woman. Once again, he has been vehement in his denial.

Anwar’s situation as it stands today is complicated. On one hand, he is at the vanguard of the first true threat to Barisan Nasional’s political hegemony. On the other, his court battles could spell the end of his political career and quite possibly the tenuous coalition that is Pakatan Rakyat.

Whatever the final outcome, one thing is for certain – Anwar will continue to be a headline maker for a while yet.

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Anwar on Radio Australia

Posted: 16 May 2011 05:25 AM PDT

http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/asiapac/

Please note that you can hear my interview with Datuk Seri Anwar 'live' on Radio Australia http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/asiapac/ at 8pm KL.

Alternatively, a podcast of audio & the full transcript will be available on the ASIA PACIFIC website from 8.30pm KL time or 12 midday GMT.

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Zahid Hamidi Must Withdraw False Statement On Kidnap Threat

Posted: 16 May 2011 12:19 AM PDT

PRESS RELEASE

I refer to the statement by UMNO Vice President Ahmad Zahid Hamidi
that the kidnap threat against Keadilan Vice -President and Lembah
Pantai MP Nurul Izzah’s child is an opposition ploy to gain sympathy. The threat was politically motivated and called for Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim to withdraw from politics. Zahid’s statement is false, inappropriate and extremely prejudicial to the ongoing police investigation into the kidnap threat. It is also grossly unbecoming for a senior cabinet minister to issue such a statement, knowing full well that the matter is the subject of a police investigation. Instead of showing concern for the serious threat made against an innocent child, Zahid has disgraced his high office by playing politics.Similarly, despite the ongoing police investigation, Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin last week insinuated that the person in the sex video is Oppostion Leader Anwar Ibrahim. He said this in a statement directed towards Kelantan MB Nik Aziz. Muhyiddin’s statement proves that UMNO and the Government with the collaboration of the police and AG’s chambers are bent on making the public believe that Anwar is the person in the video.

The statements of both these Ministers demonstrates that UMNO leaders have no interest in ensuring that the criminal justice system and independent institutions operate fairly and impartially. Wherever it involves UMNO’s interests, they are prepared to disregard the law and improperly exert influence in order to achieve their purposes. We condemn this reprehensible statement by Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and demand that he withdraw and apologise for it. We also ask for an assurance from the police that the investigations into the kidnap threat are being carried out expeditiously and fairly.

N SURENDRAN
VICE PRESIDENT
KEADILAN

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Hakim Jatuh Hukuman Sebelum Bela Diri

Posted: 15 May 2011 10:45 PM PDT

Dari Malaysian Insider

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim mendakwa hakim kesnya Datuk Mohd Zabidin Mohd Diah telah menjatuhkan 'prahukuman' meskipun beliau belum lagi melangkah ke proses bela diri.

Ketua Pembangkang berusia 63 tahun ini berkata, meskipun beliau sudah menjangkakan keputusan hari ini, tetapi terkejut dengan alasan-alasan hakim Mahkamah Tinggi Kuala Lumpur yang menerima hujah pihak pendakwa bulat-bulat meskipun telah dibantah oleh pembela terhadap kredibiliti pengadu Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, yang juga saksi utama.

"Ia bukan sesuatu yang mengejutkan. Tetapi apa yang mengejutkan ialah beliau (Mohd Zabidin) telah membuat pengadilan terlebih dahulu dalam kes ini dan menjangkaui kes prima facie," kata Ahli Parlimen Permatang Pauh ini.

"Ini membuat kedudukan pembela lebih bahaya," kata Anwar kepada pemberita selepas mahkamah memerintah beliau agar membela diri dalam kes liwat keduanya ini dalam 13 tahun.

Anwar mempertahankan bahawa beliau tidak bersalah sambil berhujah bahawa kesnya tidak mengambil kira keterangan beberapa saksi penting, antaranya doktor hospital Pusrawi Dr Osman Hamid dan pemilik unit kondominium Desa Damansara.

"Saya telah menegaskan saya tidak bersalah, mengikut undang-undang kes ini tiada asas," kata Ketua Umum PKR ini.

The Malaysian Insider difahamkan pasukan pembela akan memanggil 30 saksi.

Kes peringkat pembelaan akan bermula 6 Jun ini.

Antara saksi yang akan dipanggil ialah Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak, isterinya Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, bekas Ketua Polis Negara Tan Sri Musa Hassan dan Datuk Mumtaz Jaafar.

"Kami akan mempertahankan kedudukan kami. Kami akan memanggil kesemua saksi termasuk Najib, Rosmah, Musa Hassan dan Mumtaz.

"Adalah jelas dalam keterangan sebelum ini, Najib, Rosmah, bekas Ketua Polis Negara terlibat dalam kes ini," kata Anwar.

Salah seorang peguam pasukan pembela Sankara Nair berkata, mereka juga akan membawa saksi pakar untuk memberi keterangan.

"Kami kecewa dengan keputusan dipanggil membela diri," kata beliau sambil menambah, tertuduh seharusnya telah dibebaskan.

Beliau juga mengesahkan Anwar akan menjadi saksi pertama pembela untuk memberi keterangan.

"Beliau perlu (jadi saksi utama)," katanya.

Anwar, 63, dituduh meliwat Saiful, 25, di Kondominium Desa Damansara, Bukit Damansara di sini antara pukul 3.01 petang dan 4.30 petang pada 26 Jun 2008.

Perbicaraan bermula awal tahun lepas dan pendakwa menamatkan kes mereka bulan lepas.

Kezaliman Akan Tewas Jua Akhirnya

Posted: 15 May 2011 10:35 PM PDT

Dari Harakah

"Saya nasihatkan supaya DSAI (Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim) banyakkan bersabar, kezaliman akan kalah jua akhirnya," ujar Mursyidul Am PAS, Tuan Guru Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat.

Beliau menyatakan demikian sebagai respons terhadap keputusan Mahkamah Tinggi Kuala Lumpur yang memerintahkan Anwar membela diri terhadap pertuduhan meliwat bekas pembantunya, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan.

"Saya diberitahu tentang keputusan mahkamah yang memerintahkan DSAI membela diri dalam kes liwat II.

"Nampak sangat bahawa DSAI cuba disabitkan bersalah dalam apa jua keadaan sekalipun," tulis Tuan Guru Nik Abdul Aziz yang juga Menteri Besar Kelantan di laman twitter.

Hakim Datuk Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah berkata, berdasarkan bukti beliau mendapati ada kes prima facie sekaligus mengarahkan Anwar yang juga Ketua Pembangkang membela diri.

Anwar, 63, dituduh meliwat bekas pembantunya Mohd Saiful Bukhari, 25, di Kondominium Desa Damansara, Bukit Damansara antara pukul 3.01 petang dan 4.30 petang pada 26 Jun, 2008.

Peguam bela utama Karpal Singh dalam hujahnya sebelum ini juga berkata pihak pendakwa telah gagal membuktikan wujudnya kes prima facie terhadap Anwar dan oleh itu, tertuduh patut dilepaskan dan dibebaskan daripada pertuduhan tanpa perlu dipanggil membela diri.

Katanya, saksi utama Mohd Saiful telah berbohong dalam laporan polis yang dibuatnya pada 28 Jun, 2008 bahawa kononnya aksi itu berlaku tanpa kerelaannya.

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If Process is Paramount, Anwar Ought To Go Free

Posted: 15 May 2011 10:26 AM PDT

From Malaysiakini

By Terence Netto

The modern media melodrama typically involves the courtroom: from Jacob Zuma’s indictment for rape, to Julian Assange’s sex-crime troubles, to Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy arraignments, the dramatic beginning of a trial simultaneously heightens and hides issues in the backdrop.

The issue of the morality of the arraigned is raised against a background where there is not much that can be said about that aspect of the lives of people who stand to gain if their target is found wanting on that score.

And hidden by the high-octane drama is the question of the fragility of standards of civilised conduct in times when powers-that-be are in a state of panic over a threat to their position.

More than in the first edition a decade and more ago, Anwar’s second encounter with sodomy charges frames those issues in sharper relief.

A decision tomorrow by High Court judge Mohd Zabidin Mohd Diah in Sodomy II not to ask Anwar to enter his defence would have twice the restorative effect on judicial independence and impartiality that the appellate courts had in overturning the infamous Ayer Molek decision a couple of years ago.

In the latter case, a High Court howler in the mid-1990s was rectified on appeal more than a decade later.

The eventual outcome in the Ayer Molek case, as in Sodomy I when Anwar was freed in 2004 on appeal after spending some years in jail, gives hope that though the deliberative wheels of justice may grind painfully slowly, the possibility of ultimate vindication cannot be written off.

Presence of other DNA ignored

In Sodomy II, the denial to the defence of access to medical and other reports was a deprivation of the defendant’s right of due process.

Strenuous clamour by the defence at successive stages of this deprivation was met by the prosecution’s argument, upheld by the judge that deprivation would not be fatal to the case against the defendant.

This led to the ludicrous stage when doctors who had examined the accuser could not refer to notes – while under cross-examination by defence lawyers – that they had made during examination because that would have meant that access to the notes would have to be granted to the defence.

As if that peculiarity was not enough, the DNA specialist who testified in the trial was unconcerned with the presence of other DNA in the anal area of the accused; she was only concerned with one person’s DNA – that of ‘Male Y’, which the specialist confirmed matched that of the accused.

The list of peculiarities that this case sported endangers the modern conception of law which is that justice is whatever result just procedures have led to.

From that standpoint, justice in Sodomy II would better be served if the accused is not asked to enter his defence.

TERENCE NETTO has been a journalist for close on four decades. He likes the occupation because it puts him in contact with the eminent without being under the necessity to admire them. It is the ideal occupation for a temperament that finds power fascinating and its exercise abhorrent.

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