Anwar Ibrahim is the cause celebre in the court of world opinion

By Dr Chen Man Hin

Ever since Sodomy 2 trial began, the name of Anwar Ibrahim has rocketed in the major newspapers spanning the globe from east to west and north to south.

In Jakarta, Bangkok, Hong Kkong, Taiwan, Tokyo, Sydney, Washington, New York, London, Paris, Rome, Cairo, New Delhi, there was universal protest that Anwar should be tried once again on trumped up charges of sodomy.

The editorials in Bangkok Post, New York Times, Washington Post, Asian Wall Street Journal were replete with derision, mockery and scorn that a prominent opposition leader could be arraigned before the court on trumped up sodomy for a second time.

In 1998, Anwar was tried and jailed for six years on trumped up charges of sodomy. He was later exonerated from the false charges. The international community is therefore shocked with disbelief that the Malaysian Government is trying the same trick again.

They are aware that Anwar is a very strong contender to be Prime Minister. He is leader of a strong opposition coalition PAKATAN which won five states in the 2008 general elections.

The international community is also aware that the present Prime Minister Najib Razak is the mastermind of Sodomy 2 trial, with the intention of putting Awar in prison for twenty years to eliminate him as a challenger to be prime minister.

In a globalised world, democracy, justice and fair play are the rules that nations are expected to follow. any foul play or trickery is condemned. Trumped up sodomy charges against Anwar are not tolerated.

Hence Anwar has become the cause celebre of the world, and all peace loving countries will be campaigning actively to see that the trumped up charge of sodomy against Anwar iras withdrawn as soon as possible.

These strong sentiments of the international community is reflected by the protest of fifty Australian Members of Parliament to the Malaysian High Commissioner to Australia recently.

Senator John Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has voiced dissatisfaction with the action of the Malaysian Government in pressing trumped up charges of sodomy against Anwar.

DAP’s Lim Kit Siang , senior member of parliament has called for Parliament to debate on the false charges against Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim. Unfortunately, Prime Minister Najib has dismissed lhis call, saying that ‘the problem is just a matter between two individuals’.

If this is the attitude of the Prime Minister, then it is proper for DAP to warn the Prime Minister he is putting the country in grave danger of being subject to world sanctions.


Learn from the example of Myanmar which is sufferring from sanctions imposed by UN causing great pain to Myanmar’s economy and bringing poverty and unemployment for the people.

The military junta in Myanmar in 1990 arrested and jailed Aung San Suu Kyi, opposition leader who led her party to victory in the general elections. She was put under house arrest for 14 years, and was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1991.

Anwar could be another Aung San Suu Kyi. Anwar poses a threat to Najib to be the next Prime Minister. With the sodomy 2 trial, a conviction will remove him as a threat. If this happens expect the world to impose economic sanctions.

This would be disastrous for the country. Already, capital outflows have increased 50% over last year. FDIs have fallen badly to levels much below Indonesia and Vietnam. Last year over 300,000 talented Malaysians emigrated to greener pastures.

It would be impossible to imagine the disastrous effect on the economy if Anwar were to be convicted and world sanctions are imposed.

The prime ministers vision of 1 Malaysia will be the first casualty.


  1. #1 by ktteokt on Sunday, 21 February 2010 - 11:35 am

    Using sodomy the first time and admitting it was just a “trumped up” offence by TDM after Anwar was released was already a stupid enough thing.

    Now, Najis is using the same trick again. People say, “Using it the first time makes one a genius, using it a second time makes one a FOOL!”

  2. #2 by boh-liao on Sunday, 21 February 2010 - 11:57 am

    USA has Hollywood n exports Avatar 2 d world
    1M’sia has Umnowood n exports Sodomy n sex education 2 d world
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  3. #3 by yhsiew on Sunday, 21 February 2010 - 12:03 pm

    Economic sanctions will bring hardship to ordinary Malaysians. To show their displeasure countries that campaign actively to see that the trumped up charge of sodomy against Anwar is withdrawn should ban Najib and his Cabinet from traveling to their countries.

  4. #4 by johnnypok on Sunday, 21 February 2010 - 12:03 pm

    Anwar is the Savior of Bolehland. Ever since the first sodomy case, more people have become more aware of the effects of bad government. The attempt to remove him will have the same effect as crucifying Jesus Christ.

  5. #5 by yhsiew on Sunday, 21 February 2010 - 12:17 pm

    Oops! #3

    “countries that campaign actively” should be “GOVERNMENTS that campaign actively”.

  6. #6 by ablastine on Sunday, 21 February 2010 - 1:24 pm

    Can’t the stupid mamaktras in UMNO understand that proceeding with Anwar’s trial is going to cost them much more than letting him go.

  7. #7 by undertaker888 on Sunday, 21 February 2010 - 4:15 pm

    every cloud has a silver lining. Let this evil regime do what they are going to do. These will be a constant reminder to us comes next general election. How many of us remember what our teachers taught us in sejarah, geography etc many years ago anyway? But we always remember those times when the teacher hit us sometimes. We can always recall them back with vivid memories.

    Well same analogy here. The evil regime is doing things that will make us remember not to vote them comes election day. Remember anwar, Teoh Beng hock, pkfz, nasir safar, cowheads, boar heads, firebombs, @llah, @ltantuya, c4, kugan, perak power grab, jet engines, 100 billions, Mamak, you named them.

    Wonder what APCO strategy is to whitewash this?

  8. #8 by ekompute on Sunday, 21 February 2010 - 4:54 pm

    Let Anwar go to jail and be the focal point for the next general election. It would be like BN kicking the ball into its own goalpost. I should expect the “Free Anwar” campaign to shoot him right to the very top, this time round.

  9. #9 by chengho on Monday, 22 February 2010 - 7:55 am

    let’s court decide , this is a personal matter between ex boss and ex assistant .

  10. #10 by Godfather on Monday, 22 February 2010 - 8:30 am

    I hope the eunuch chengho understands that Anwar is ex boss and Najib is ex assistant.

  11. #11 by Godfather on Monday, 22 February 2010 - 8:31 am

    …and UMNO’s court will decide in favour of ex assistant !

  12. #12 by ktteokt on Monday, 22 February 2010 - 12:40 pm

    Guilty? Not guilty? Either way, it spells doom to BN/UMNO! Finding Anwar guilty of sodomy is like telling the whole world our courts are BIAS! Finding him innocent proves that BN/UMNO has framed him up and that the police and the courts are abettors to this nonsense!

  13. #13 by DCLXVI on Monday, 22 February 2010 - 2:13 pm

    chengho :let’s court decide , this is a personal matter between ex boss and ex assistant .

    The ex-assistant admitted that he only lodged the police report two days after he was allegedly sodomised by his ex-boss of which during that time, the ex-assistant claimed that he did not defecate and that he had also met his ex-boss’s political foe, PM Najib. The result is that the alleged samples taken during medical examination of the ex-assistant two days or more after the alleged sodomy are incredulously admitted as evidence in court, and the trial still goes on despite testimony from medical experts that there was no signs of anal penetration on the ex-assistant. It’s more of a personal matter between the ex-boss and the ex-boss’ political rival who has put the whole government machinery behind him.

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