Mother knows best

PKR President Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and daughter PKR Vice President Nurul Izzah Anwar

Like mother, like daughter. The latest marital controversy of hitting PKR top echelon when the summon for divorce is filed by Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah at Kuala Lumpur syariah court was confirmed.

23 January 2014| last updated at 06:51PM

Court confirms Nurul Izzah filed for divorce

KUALA LUMPUR: The Lower Syariah Court here today confirmed that Lembah Pantai PKR member of parliament Nurul Izzah Anwar has filed for a divorce from her husband Raja Ahmad Shahrir Iskandar Raja Salim.

A check of the court’s records showed that Nurul Izzah, 34, who is the eldest child of opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, had filed the application early this month.

It was filed under the Islamic Family Law (Federal Territories) Act 1984 which provides for the annulment of a marriage by ‘talaq’ or court order.

The case was first mentioned before Syariah Judge Ab Malek Awang two days ago with remention scheduled for Feb 18.

The couple were married on May 9 2003 and have a daughter, 7 and son, 4.  – BERNAMA

Read more: Court confirms Nurul Izzah filed for divorce – Latest – New Straits Times


This is not something new for the family. PKR Vice President Nurul Izzah Anwar should consult her mother PKR President Wan Azizah Wan Ismail about dealing with her marital issues head on, which has now made public attention instead of side-stepping the media whenever this hot gossip is raised by press to her.

Riong Kali dot com story:

Leave us alone, we are working out our marriage, says Nurul Izzah

JANUARY 23, 2014

Amid reports and speculation that they are heading for a divorce, PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar has announced that she and her husband are continuing with “our union”.

In a statement issued by her office, the Lembah Pantah MP said: “Our family is our priority, as is our time together.

“We are deeply saddened by the undignified intrusion into our private lives and will do our utmost to work out our continuing union.

“We appeal to all to accord us privacy.”

Earlier today, Nurul Izzah, 33, in replying a question on Twitter, on whether she had filed for divorce from her husband of 10 years, simply answered: “Nope.”

The question was fielded by a member of the public following rumours in cyberspace that she had petitioned for a Fasakh (annulment of marriage) at the Syariah Court in December.

Her husband, Raja Ahmad Shahrir Iskandar Raja Salim, 35, was said to have received the notice on January 16. He was also said to have requested on Monday for a two-week postponement of the divorce trial.

This morning, when approached at Asli’s 16th Malaysia Strategic Outlook Conference, Nurul Izzah declined to comment on the issue.

“I’m leaving now. Thank you for respecting my privacy,” she said, before leaving the premises after her panel discussion ended.

Meanwhile, the Lower Syariah Court in Kuala Lumpur today confirmed that Nurul had filed for a divorce from her husband.

According to Bernama, a check of the court’s records showed that Nurul, who is the eldest child of opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, had filed the application early this month.

It was filed under the Islamic Family Law (Federal Territories) Act 1984 which provides for the annulment of a marriage by “talaq” or court order.

The case was first mentioned before Syariah Judge Ab Malek Awang two days ago with remention scheduled for February 18, Bernama reported.

The couple were married in May 2003 and have a seven-year-old daughter and a four-year-old son. – January 23, 2014.


This is because since 20 years ago of multiple contentious stories, reports and testimonies in court cases about her father Anwar Ibrahim’s adulterous and bi-sexualism, which is prohibited and punishable under Penal Code by Malaysia law, Wan Azizah still remained married to him.

This include a few times Wan Azizah also sought divorce from Anwar, just like what Nurul Izzah is doing today.

The Guardian story somewha almost 15 years ago:

Malaysian leader adds insult to rival’s injury

The election campaign of Malaysia’s Prime Minister, Mahathir Mohamad, hit new depths yesterday with the allegation that the wife of his chief political rival, the jailed Anwar Ibrahim, had sought a divorce, writes John Gittings in Kuala Lumpur. Dr Wan Azizah `asked for divorce twice over the years after she found out `the truth’ about (Anwar),’ the pro-government Sun tabloid reported on its front page.

The not-so-subtle insinuation is that Wan Azizah had learnt about her husband’s alleged bisexual behaviour – a charge which he says has been fabricated by his political enemies. The story also claims that she was beaten by Anwar when she asked for a divorce a second time.

Wan Azizah has dismissed it as `totally unfounded’. Anwar is standing trial on sodomy charges which Dr Mahathir has several times declared to be proven. No action has been taken against the Prime Minister for his statements which, like yesterday’s article, appear to be in contempt of court.

The source for the Sun’s story is Khairuddin Abu Hassan, Anwar’s cousin. The Sun also quotes an official in the Prime Minister’s department, Abdul Hamid Othman, saying there had been a `family dispute between husband and wife’.

The star witness in the Anwar affair is the sultry Ummi Hafilda Ali, whose appearances at Anwar’s first trial made her a national celebrity.

On Friday, a thousand voters heard her give an impassioned account of how she followed her sister-in-law to an apartment block and then accused her of sleeping with Anwar. Both the sister-in-law and her husband – Anwar’s former private secretary who is now an opposition candidate – have denied her claim.

The government’s obsession with the jailed former Deputy Prime Minister has grown daily throughout the short campaign. `It’s really a contest between Mahathir and Anwar’, says one Malaysian journalist. `The problem simply will not go away.’


Yet, till present day Wan Azizah never did get her day in court and her matrimony annulled.

After all, Anwar did not wed her in an auspicious event with her consent of her father. It was said she eloped with him to Thailand, to be in union with then a fiery student leader, who keeps getting into one trouble after another. Like being detained under ISA for instigating the 1974 students riot, for a yet to be proven “Death in Baling due to perils of poverty”.

Despite suffering in silent,  the purpose of politics and Wan Azizah’s own political expediency as a President political party Anwar Ibrahim has been portrayed a dotting husband, married to Wan Azizah the model timid wife who had to endure the challenges of being the wife of a victimised politician by the very cruel and oppressing regime.

What ever Nurul Izzah’s marital issues are, it cannot be bigger, more challenging and complex to those faced by her mother.

Hence, it is undoubtedly Wan Azizah is the best consultant for her. It has worked for the political expediency of Anwar Ibrahim, since 15 years ago since he was sacked from Cabinet and UMNO and the mobstreet movement of ‘Reformasi’ was launched. Wan Azizah has been the formidable pillar of granite for Anwar, which is purpose of so many got hoodwinked into the notion of Anwar being victimised, by a corrupt regime struggling to maintain power for the sake of multiple rings of cronies.

Even when he was caught on video red handed with the Chinadoll almost two years ago and the specially ordered Omega went missing. Wan Azizah maintained her equivocal steadfast of innocence and purity of the model wife.

Or has the gold Omega actually re-appeared but Wan Azizah still purposely has not made it known to the media, so that she has a strategic tool against so many people?

Regardless, probably Nurul Izzah has her own ‘Omega’ story too. As they say in Malay, “Kemana tumpahnya kuah kalau tidak ke nasi?” (Where should the gravy go if not on the rice?)

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  2. It’s all in the family. Wrong decision making, like the father did when impatient in not waiting for his turn, as he would otherwise have become PM 10 years ago and never languishing for 5 years in Sg Buluh prison.

    Thank God he didn’t, otherwise the country would have gone to the dogs – no inference to you, BD!

    But the stupid young punk, elevated to a pedestal by the so-called Constitutional Law expert Aziz Bari, talking about the Malays in this country can choose their religion shows her erratic thinking and behaviour. So, filing for divorce, then denying it, then asking for the public not to interfere in her personal life – what the heck, woman. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned?

    Whoever says a politician has a personal life? Go ask the Italian ex-PM Berlusconi – even one of the earliest civilizations in the world don’t give a damn about the personal lives of their politicians and whack them in the media as and when politically expedient to do so.

    • Exactly. Bila kena atas muka tembok dia tu, pandai plak Nurul Izzah nk mintak privacy. Bila kena atas muka orang lain, diorang la anak-beranak yang terpekik-pekik jerit “this is in the public’s interest” or “public right to know”. Satu keluarga hikpokrit.

  3. This family is addicted to controversy. Their need to stay in the limelight sidesteps all human decency and decorum.

    The real victim is the image of Islam. The females (not ladies) should remove their Islamic tudung.

  4. Are Malaysians addicted to gossips and gutter press? As far as Im concern, its a private matter and not related to her work or work performance. My views applies the same accross the board, whether politicians ( ruling or opposition), business community or movie stars. Its a private matter folks. People are entitled to their respective privacy.

    • Naahh … public figures have given up their rights to privacy. By the way, how you live your life reflects your moral integrity to lead.

      Pte, are you okay if your leaders are porn stars, prostitutes, mafia bosses, drug pushers, chinadoll clients ………

  5. You are so right Private Clegg. Let your voice be heard loud and clear when the shoe’s on the other foot. Your credibility will never ever be questioned again if you do so.

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