Min­is­ter urges him to say sorry over An­war’s sodomy case

New Straits Times - - News - BALVIN KAUR GE­ORGE TOWN balvinkaur@nst.com.my

MIN­IS­TER in the Prime Min­is­ter’s Depart­ment Datuk Seri Ab­dul Rah­man Dahlan has called on Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad to apol­o­gise and ad­mit that he twisted the facts of Datuk Seri An­war Ibrahim’s sodomy case to de­ceive Malaysians.

Rah­man said there were many who were dis­ap­pointed and an­gry at Dr Ma­hathir for sign­ing a pe­ti­tion call­ing for An­war’s re­lease from prison.

He said the anger stemmed from the fact that An­war’s case had been a big is­sue in the past, with Dr Ma­hathir as a main player be­hind it, stir­ring up the po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion of the coun­try.

“I feel what Dr Ma­hathir should do now is to openly apol­o­gise to Malaysians for giv­ing an al­ter­na­tive view on An­war’s of­fence.

“Dr Ma­hathir must also ad­mit that he twisted the facts and lied to Malaysians,” he said when asked to re­spond to re­ports on Dr Ma­hathir sign­ing a pe­ti­tion to free the jailed PKR de facto leader.

The former prime min­is­ter signed the pe­ti­tion at the PKR na­tional congress on Sun­day.

An­war’s bat­tle with his sodomy case be­gan in 1998, shortly af­ter be­ing sacked from his po­si­tion as deputy prime min­is­ter and fi­nance min­is­ter, and his ex­pul­sion from Umno.

An­war and his sup­port­ers had then blamed An­war’s prose­cu­tion on the then prime min­is­ter, Dr Ma­hathir.

Rah­man said that the sit­u­a­tion was ironic as Dr Ma­hathir was the one who said be­fore that An­war de­served to be in jail, but now wanted to bring him out of jail.

“He (Dr Ma­hathir) should stop all these ‘sandi­wara’ (drama) for po­lit­i­cal gain.

“If he does not apol­o­gise and ad­mit to twist­ing the facts of An­war’s case to lie to the peo­ple, then him sign­ing the pe­ti­tion to re­lease An­war is noth­ing more than a po­lit­i­cal gim­mick for Parti Pribumi Ber­satu Malaysia’s (PPBM) short-term gain,” he said.

Rah­man also said it was dis­ap­point­ing to see Dr Ma­hathir, who was sup­posed to be a states­man, turn into a po­lit­i­cal joker.

He said Dr Ma­hathir had lost his cred­i­bil­ity among the peo­ple by do­ing things like sign­ing a pe­ti­tion ask­ing for An­war’s re­lease.

“This is what makes us sad, as we know Dr Ma­hathir has con­trib­uted and sac­ri­ficed for the coun­try. At the end of his ca­reer, he has de­stroyed ev­ery­thing he built, in­clud­ing his cred­i­bil­ity.”


Min­is­ter in the Prime Min­is­ter’s Depart­ment Datuk Seri Ab­dul Rah­man Dahlan (third from left) vis­it­ing a low-medium-cost hous­ing project in Sun­gai Nibong, Bayan Baru.

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