An­war: I’ve rested long enough in prison

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KUALA LUMPUR: “Papa has been rest­ing long enough in prison. Now, it’s time to work.”

That was the mes­sage from Datuk Seri An­war Ibrahim in a short video for Hari Raya Aidil­fitri that he and his fam­ily made and up­loaded on his Face­book page.

He said this when his daugh­ter, Nu­rul Nuha, asked whether he wanted to rest af­ter be­ing re­leased from prison.

The 30-sec­ond video showed An­war telling Nu­rul that they could not waste the sup­port of the peo­ple by rest­ing and feel­ing com­fort­able.

“Peo­ple are wait­ing, peo­ple have given us the man­date. If we do not go ahead (with our plans), then their sup­port is wasted.

“If we only think about our com­fort, then it is no dif­fer­ent from the pre­vi­ous regime. So, we have to work.

“The goal is to lessen the bur­den of the peo­ple. The goal is to make democ­racy more mean­ing­ful for the peo­ple.

“If not, then there is no mean­ing (to it all) other than our free­dom and a new ad­min­is­tra­tion. There is only a short dis­tance left to go, God will­ing,” he says as he kisses his daugh­ter’s fore­head.

An­war’s wife, Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Wan Az­izah Wan Is­mail, ap­pears and says that Pakatan Hara­pan’s vic­tory does not mean that their strug­gle will now be eas­ier.

“We have to do it all (ful­fil PH’s pledges). Why? We want to make the vic­tory mean­ing­ful and with the help of the peo­ple, we can do it.”

An­war adds: “As we have been do­ing all along, we will do this to­gether. Through thick or thin.”

The three then hug, with the next scene show­ing An­war’s fam­ily hav­ing din­ner to­gether, be­fore a Raya mes­sage, in­clud­ing the words “con­tinue the strug­gle”, ap­pears.

FROM AN­WAR’S FACE­BOOK

A screengrab show­ing Datuk Seri An­war Ibrahim hug­ging his wife, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Az­izah Wan Is­mail, and daugh­ter, Nu­rul Nuha.

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