Wayang Tinggi is really afoot!

Former Deputy Prime Minister and abuse of power convict Anwar Ibrahim announcement he will be contesting in Permatang Pauh Parliamentary seat as his wife PKR President Wan Azizah Wan Ismail declared quitting as Pematang Pauh MP.


The Star has the story:


Thursday July 31, 2008 MYT 5:12:01 PM

Wan Azizah quits, Anwar to contest (Update 3)


PETALING JAYA: Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail has resigned as Permatang Pauh Member of Parliament to make way for her husband Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to contest in a by-election.

At a packed press conference at the party headquarters on Thursday, Dr Wan Azizah said the decision was made after deliberations with her family, the PKR leadership and its partners in the Pakatan Rakyat loose coalition of Opposition parties.

“I have officially submitted my resignation as MP to the Parliament Speaker, Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia, to make way for my husband, Anwar Ibrahim, to contest as a candidate for Pakatan Rakyat in a by-election as soon as possible,” she said.

Dr Wan Azizah, who showed no emotion during the press conference, said it was the right decision for Malaysia and that she would continue serving as PKR president and chairman of the Peace Foundation.

Together with her were PKR vice-presidents Azmin Ali and R. Sivarasa, her daughter and Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar, and Cheras MP Tan Kok Wai.

Dr Wan Azizah also thanked her supporters in Permatang Pauh who had stood by her in the most difficult of times.

“Anwar Ibrahim has the experience and intelligence to reinvigorate our economy, and the charisma and integrity to unite Malaysians.

“And I’m not saying this just because he is my husband,” she added.

As to who would be taking over as the Opposition leader in Parliament, Dr Wan Azizah said that would be discussed with other Pakatan Rakyat leaders.

Anwar, under a police investigation for allegedly sodomising a former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, 23, had previously said he would contest in the Kulim-Bandar Baharu parliamentary constituency, where an election petition is pending.

The case is scheduled for hearing on Aug 19.

On Thursday, Anwar said he had decided to contest in Pematang Pauh instead because the Kulim petition might take too long to settle.

He had previously said that he would have the numbers to form the government by Sept 16, and said the sodomy allegation was a part of a conspiracy to stop him from doing so.

He has denied the sodomy allegations and has filed a defamation suit against Mohd Saiful.

The Election Commission is required under the law to call for a by-election within 60 days.

Its chairman Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman said the Commission would start preparing for the by-election upon receiving notice from the Speaker.

Also on Thursday, Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar announced that the police had wrapped up their investigations into the sodomy case, and have sent their report to the Attorney-General’s Chambers for further action.


Is this another precursor for another sordid drama in the making?

The timing of this is highly questionable. Anwar was unable to contest in the 8 March XIIth General Elections because the interregnum period stated by law for after serving the sentence for the conviction of abuse of power had not matured. Then came 14 April 2008, he was a ‘free’ man.

So why now and not then?

He was alleged to have sodomised Saiful Bukhary in a Police report made on July which stunned the nation again, almost ten years to be exact. Then came the drama of so-called being life threatening (which he illustrated to be false as her appeared before a mob-like crowd of 10,000 people days later), invited for asylum at the Turkish Embassy and later, refusing to do the muhaballah but instead demanded qazaf ruling from the Syariah Court.

And all the dramas in between, which include a ‘conspiracy theory’ involving the IGP Tan Sri Musa Hassan and AG Tan Sri Gani Patail to “fabricate evidence”.

After the refusal of co-operation with the Police, to obtain his DNA sample, Anwar knew his days are numbered. So, by actively  going through the electoral process to become an MP, he will use the excuse of “politically motivated” when the Police arrest him soon, when most probably more damning evidence and conclusion is formed in the sodomy case.

Again, Anwar will cry foul again. And the international community will come hard against PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s administration for “trying to incarcerate a potential Malaysian leader as his popularity has risen”. The last time we were put to this test, we had a really strong leader.

What else is new with the Drama King?

Published in: on July 31, 2008 at 18:16  Comments (21)