22 January 2012
Appeal fuels idea BN wants Anwar out
The decision to appeal against Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s acquittal in his two-year-long sodomy trial has boosted the notion that the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) will stop at nothing to end the opposition leader’s political ambitions..
Prosecutors filed an appeal yesterday although trial judge Datuk Mohd Zabidin Mohd Diah ruled they had not done enough and that DNA evidence may have been compromised when finding Anwar not guilty of sodomising his former aide, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan.
Most Malaysians have grown so cynical over the unrelenting series of criminal charges brought against Anwar, that the proposition (that BN wants to stop Anwar) is the most natural and compelling inference to be drawn..
We also questioned why Solicitor-General II Datuk Mohd Yusof Zainal Abiden — “the third most important man in the Attorney General’s Chambers” — should spend his time “prosecuting this crime which is victimless and based on morality” instead of more serious offences such as corruption and murder.
The move reflects negatively on Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s claims that he does not interfere with the judiciary and is serious about ensuring civil liberty.
It’s back to square one. It is a setback for Anwar because he will have to spend time in the appeal process and won’t be able to focus fully on forthcoming elections..
The appeal by the prosecution plays into the opposition story that the government will not stop at anything to get rid of the Anwar politically.
It also clouds Prime Minister Najib’s reforms at this crucial time before an election. Like it or not, Malaysians tend to feel that the government is behind this [trial]..
The opposition, especially Anwar himself, has campaigned hard across the country ever since Saiful first made the accusation in June 2008, claiming the allegation is a political ploy to end Pakatan Rakyat’s (PR) hopes of coming into power.
But the government failed to seize the opportunity given by the High Court here to “bow out gracefully from Anwar’s politically motivated prosecution..
This decision means the citizens of Malaysia will be further subjected to the more political machinations in the courtroom as the government perpetuates this travesty of a trial for a crime that should not be a crime in the first place...
Anwar, 64, was similarly indicted of sodomy in 1998, before being exonerated six years later.
The PKR de facto leader then led the PR opposition pact to deny BN its customary two-third majority of Parliament and five state governments.
The AG did not even bother to appeal in the case of the Altantuya murder as it involved Abdul Razak Baginda, a close friend of Najib, but allowed two policemen to go to jail although they had no motive except act under instruction from the top. The real criminals behind the murder are still out there roaming free.
Very plain game plan. Make sure BN is booted out in the GE13. Only then we can get rid of these jokers for good. Until then these Sodomy jokes will continue haunt our lives forever. Not to forget our anger at misappropriation of tax payer money for this rubbish trials. So come one use our voting power for better Malaysia.
When God wants to take the Governing power away from UMNO, He will make UMNO leaders act more stupidly. Praise the Lord. He is working to remove UMNO from Putrajaya. Something good is going to happen. Even better if Anwar goes to jail which guarantees sure collapse of BN.
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