The ‘wayang’ is afoot!

 

Former Deputy Prime Minister and abuse of power convict Anwar Ibrahim first claimed that he was stripped naked when brought to HKL on 15 July 2007. He also claimed that his privacy was ‘molested’.

Malaysian Insider has the story:

Anwar: I was stripped naked and measured

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UPDATE 2

By Wan Hamidi Hamid

KUALA LUMPUR, July 17 — Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was stripped naked, had his private parts examined and some other body parts measured during a medical check-up at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital last night.

He also alleged that he was detained in a police lock-up “fit for a dangerous criminal” and used a towel brought by his wife Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Ismail as his mattress.

Despite this humiliation and hardship, Anwar was in a defiant mood today, adamant that the government had no case against him.

“I’m so confident that I will overcome this case if it is conducted professionally. I’m pleading to the Prime Minister to ensure this investigation is conducted professionally and that we can be done with it,” said Anwar, drawing applause and cheers from hundreds of his supporters who were standing behind an already large entourage of journalists at the press conference.

He insisted that the attempt by the Barisan Nasional to derail the Pakatan Rakyat’s march to power will fail and pledged to continue speaking at political rallies around the country.

“We should go on. The issue is not Anwar. The issue is the state of governance and the economic management of the country… Despite the government’s plan to derail me, Pakatan remains strong,” he added.

The large crowd at Anwar’s house where he held the press conference.

During the press conference, he touched on his detention, saying that he was questioned for almost five hours yesterday and 30 minutes this morning before he was released. He blasted the police for keeping him overnight.

“Still it was a blatant lie by the police when they refused to release me last night despite their assurance. Their argument was that I did not give my blood sample. Why is giving my blood sample a condition for police bail? It’s already in their possession. They’ve seen my private parts. What more do they want?”

He was especially upset with CID director Datuk Mohd Bakri Zinin, saying that his behaviour reminded him of the former Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Rahim Noor, who beat him up while in custody a decade ago.

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Then yesterday, the HKL Director Dato’ Dr. Zaininah Mohd. Zain said it was nothing like that. Infact, she claimed that the examinations procedure was explained first to Anwar by some consultants and written permission was obtained for the examinations.

Bernama.com has the story:

Saturday July 19, 2008 MYT 4:23:08 PM

Anwar not made to strip naked, says HKL director

 

KUALA LUMPUR: Hospital Kuala Lumpur director Datuk Dr Zaininah Mohd Zain said that PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was not made to strip naked.

In a statement here Saturday, she said that prior to the examination, two specialists explained in detail the examination procedures to Anwar in the presence of his lawyer.

“Only after having obtained his written consent did they proceed with the examination.

“He was then examined by the two specialists who adhered to proper clinical procedures during the whole course of the examination. At no time throughout the examination was his decency violated,” she said.

Police took Anwar, 61, to HKL on Wednesday night after he was detained earlier in the day for medical tests following a sodomy allegation.

After he was released the next day, Anwar said he was stripped naked and had his private parts examined and measured at the hospital. He also refused to give his blood sample for DNA test and have photographs taken. – Bernama

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So, the ‘wayang’ has begun!

And now he is taking the ‘wayang’ on a typical old time ‘bangsawan’ roadshow.

Anwar hits the road again

 

Andrew Ong | Jul 19, 08 4:33pm

Barely 48 hours after being released from police custody, Anwar Ibrahim is back on the road again to continue his whirlwind tour throughout the country.


His first stop last night was around 9.30pm at Cheng, Malacca where he enthralled a Chinese-majority crowd of about 3,000 for nearly 40 minutes with his trademark flair and wit.

There was little new material to his repertoire but Anwar focused on casting doubts on investigation of the sodomy allegations and stoking public anger at the government’s decision to raise fuel prices.

“My appointment was at 2pm, but at 1pm, they ambushed me and arrested me as though I was Osama bin Laden,” said Anwar, prompting laughter throughout.

In his speech, Anwar repeatedly stressed on his ‘ordeal’ during the arrest such as sleeping on the concrete floor and how he was stripped and almost photographed naked during a medical examination.

“When I refused to be photographed, they said I was not cooperative. Well, when we take over and arrest Najib, let’s see if he is willing to be photographed,” he said.

‘Blood hungry’

Anwar also repeatedly cast aspersions on police investigations into the sodomy allegations and that the manipulation of the police report against him was highly plausible.

The former deputy premier said that during the police interrogation, he had given a minute-by-minute account of his whereabouts and relevant witnesses to the police.

He told the crowd that from his alibi, there would be no case against him but worried that should he give a blood sample for DNA testing, it would be tampered with.

“And that’s why they want my blood. The minister wants blood. The police wants blood… I’m not afraid to give blood. I’m only afraid that they play foul,” he added.

Anwar summed up that the sodomy allegations were undertaken to stall his return to parliament and Pakatan Rakyat’s road to Putrajaya.

“They know that should they not come up with these allegations, I would have contested in a by-election by now,” he said.

Defection claim

He said that he had chosen a suitable constituency for the by-election and it would be timed together with the defection of four Barisan Nasional MPs – two from Peninsula Malaysia and two from Sabah and Sarawak.

“I can’t name them yet. Once they announce their defection, I would announce my candidacy for a by-election,” he said.

Anwar is speculated to contest in Kulim Bandar Baharu seat currently held by PKR’s Zulkifli Noordin, should the latter be disqualified as an MP in a election petition filed by the losing candidate Abdul Aziz Shiek Fadzir.

Anwar’s second and last stop for the night was about 30km away in Kampung Kesang Tua, Jasin where he addressed a crowd of about 4,000 people on a small soggy field.

This time, Anwar used adopted a more polished Bahasa Melayu to address the Malay majority crowd, of which many came prepared with picnic mats.

As with his ceramah in Cheng, Anwar spoke at length to defend himself from sodomy allegations and soaring fuel prices.

He also repeated his claim that large sums of foreign funds, particularly from Saudi Arabia, are on hold because investors are waiting for Pakatan Rakyat to take over the federal government.

Anwar would be speaking at another ceramah in Kuantan tonight and in Batu Pahat tomorrow night.

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The last time he had a ‘wayang’, it caused a lot of  opportunity cost to the nation.

He had the ‘wayang’ of people tried to inject him with HIV infected needles in prison (hence the order to do his blood test under Contagious Disease Act – that was how the DNA profiling was made in 1999) and later, how he was purportedly being systematically poisoned with arsenic whilst in Sg. Buloh prison. Justice Arifin Jaka ordered that he underwent strict medical examinations (‘trial within trial’ , as delay tactic) and HUKM Director Dato’ Dr. Khalid A. Kadir,  who is also the nation’s utmost eminent endocrinologist (specialist of internal medicine) and his team of nine top most expert failed to ascertain Anwar’s claim.

The thirteen million Ringgit question is, how far will the ‘wayang’ go before Malaysia turn towards another mob-driven anarchy attempts?

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