So it was true PKR Adviser and convicted Former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim sought sanctuary in the Turkish Embassy in Kuala Lumpur. The excuse was, “Under assassination threat”.
NST has the story:
Anwar holes up in Turkish Embassy following ‘death’ threats
SHAH ALAM, Fri:
Parti Keadilan Rakyat de-facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has holed himself inside the Turkish Embassy in Kuala Lumpur following alleged death threats made against him after a former aide lodged a police report accusing Anwar of sodomy.
“I have been instructed to formally inform (the media) that Anwar is now at the Turkish Embassy where he will remain until a time which will be determined later, based on our discussion with embassy officials,” said PKR vice-president Azmin Ali. “He is in a safe place and is healthy and well.
Azmin said only Anwar’s wife, Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, his children and immediate family members, are allowed to visit him at the embassy. Admission into the embassy will be barred to outsiders without official business.
At 6.05pm, Anwar confirmed his location in a statement posted on his blog. “I am issuing this statement from within the embassy of the Republic of Turkey in Kuala Lumpur. I was transported to the embassy earlier this morning fearing that my personal safety was in danger. I thank all those who offered to assist me in this time of need and am grateful to the Turkish Ambassador for extending an invitation to seek refuge within the Embassy,” Anwar said in his statement.
Anwar claimed that since the March 8 elections, numerous credible sources from within the government and military intelligence had advised him that certain agents from within Barisan Nasional leadership have initiated plots to cause harm to him or his family or his supporters.
“I have been told that my assassination has not been ruled out as means to subvert the people’s will and bring an end to the transformational changes taking place in Malaysia.
“Notwithstanding the threats which are intended to silence my voice, I intend make public new evidence implicating that the Inspector General of the Police Musa Hassan and the Attorney General Gani Patail engaged in criminal acts of fabricating evidence in cases launched against me in 1998,” Anwar alleged.
Azmin claimed the decision to move Anwar to a protective place was made by the political bureau and supreme council in a meeting which ended at 5am today.
Anwar reportedly received a ‘real’ death threat from an unidentified person and was covertly moved from the Quality Hotel here in an unmarked car to the embassy after the dawn prayers, eluding the media and plainclothes policemen camping at the lobby.
Anwar was at the hotel with other senior PKR officials for a two-day party retreat to discuss future programmes.
Asked why the Turkish Embassy was chosen, Azmin said calls were made to several embassies late last night and the Turks were the first to respond positively to ensure Anwar’s safety.
“In this pressing situation, we immediately made the necessary arrangements,” he said. “During our discussion late last night, several communications took place between the party and several embassies.”
On whether Anwar is seeking asylum from the Turkish government, Azmin dismissed the idea, saying that in the near future and for his safety, PKR felt that their leader needed to be at a safe place. “That was the decision of the party leadership and he agreed to it,” he said.
Asked to comment on Azizah’s statement on Anwar reportedly attending a meeting on Thursday, the day he allegedly sodomised his special officer, Azmin said he would not disclose the details of Anwar’s alibis.
“A statement has been issued from him personally,” he said. “The president and deputy president have also given the party’s official statement and I would not go beyond that.”
Funny thing is, who and why would anyone want to physical hurt or threaten Anwar up to endangering his life, that he actually need to seek sanctuary in a foreign diplomatic mission in this country?
What did he actually do and why at this point of time?
Politically, yes, he is growing stronger. But this is not this week’s news. He had the ‘Black 14’ rally in Kampung Baru in mid April and other more rallies all over the country and he was fine, trumpeting his arrogance then. He made one announcement after another about how and when the Pakatan Rakyat ‘unholy’ coalition he managed to set up will seize power from Barisan Nasional, include the ‘fluid’ execution dates promises. That also includes the one in Ulu Kelang few weeks back, immediately after Government had the hefty petrol price increase, where thousands of people came to hear his rhetorics and out of this world promises, like always.
Anwar was so confident of himself that he actually took up the challenge to have the public debate, organize by an online paper with a Cabinet Minister.
So why suddenly, when young Saiful Bahri Azlan decided to make a Police report after alleging being sodomized by Anwar for the eighth time and “Anwar starting to get more “demanding”, after announcing his engagement” (just like what happened to UKM lecturer Hairani Mohd. Nafiz), now Anwar’s life is under grave threat that tantamount to ‘assassination’?
(Lets get this right: “Anwar sodomise a young man, so the ‘Government’ tried to assassinate Anwar for this????”. I have gone through so many fictional political thriller works and I must confess, this the most ridiculous of them all!)
Wouldn’t the ‘boy who cry wolf’ aka Saiful Bahri, be the one who should be under grave threat, especially by the mob-mentality rabid Anwar supporters?
Again, Wan Azizah and Azmin is quick with the “Police and Judiciary cannot be trusted” excuse (conveniently, these are the people who rallied on ‘Judicial Reforms’ since last September with the revelation of the V K Lingam tapes). So by wrongfully accusing Anwar with preposterous sexual criminal charges, the BN Government could even demise faster. So, again, how would it benefit the Government if Anwar were to be assassinated, at this point of time?
How can this episode this time, not be another crappy Anwar Ibrahim sordid sandiwara, all over again?