Salleh: Mahathir's statement on Anwar 'comical'

Modesto Morganelli
Luglio 8, 2017

Azalina said Dr Mahathir's claim that the court's decision against Anwar was "influenced by the government" was tantamount to questioning the freedom and integrity of the judiciary.

Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Said Keruak says Dr Mahathir Mohamad's statement that former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was unjustly convicted for sodomy and that the decision of the court was influenced by the government is shocking and comical.

She was responding to a Dr Mahathir's recent interview with The Guardian newspaper in London, in which he said he had no objection towards Anwar becoming prime minister should Pakatan Harapan win the next general election.

The prime minister said Dr Mahathir knew that the RCI findings could lead to criminal prosecution and he could not afford to have individuals highly relevant to the case such as Anwar testifying against him.

"In the case of Anwar we can make a case that he was unfairly treated".

"In which case he would be able to participate in politics and become PM".

Salleh further said: "Failure to do the right thing by apologising for what Mahathir says was an injustice done to Anwar and would prove what Prime Minister (Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak) said, which is Mahathir fears the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) that is investigating Bank Negara's RM30 billion losses gambling on the foreign exchange (forex) market. I can have no objection to that".

He was convicted and jailed in 2013, when Najib was prime minister, for another sodomy charge, which he and his supporters described as a politically motivated attempt to end his career.

"Dr Mahathir who demanded that Tun Abdullah Badawi resign as prime minister, now demands my resignation, and will demand that my successor resigns until his son becomes prime minister - whatever the cost to Malaysia".

"Dr Mahathir told me that Anwar was unacceptable because of the moral issue". He was first jailed for corruption and sodomy in 1998. The conviction bars him from political office and contesting in the 14th General Election, which must be held by next year. Anwar, however, had earlier said he would not be a candidate for prime minister in the upcoming GE14.

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