International deluge of criticisms on persecution of Anwar

By Dr. Chen Man Hin, DAP life advisor

International deluge of criticisms from the conspiracy to convict Anwar of sodomy 2

Suddenly there appears to be a deluge of international personalities criticising the Malaysian government for persecuting Anwar on trumped up charge of sodomy 2.

It started with ex US vice president Gore, and IMF chief Stiglitz, followed by Barry Wain former AWSJ correspondent as well as a former US ambassador to Malaysia John Croft

All of them unanimously condemned the conspiracy to paint Anwar as a sodomist and therefore not fit to be the Opposition Leader.

These are all distinguished members of the international community who are shocked in unison by this serious transgression of justice, democracy and the rule of law by the Malaysian government. UMNO, the power behind the prime minister, intends to perpetuate their power by trying Anwar on trumped up charges of sodomy, to convict and imprison him, thus denying him the opportunity to be the next Prime Minister.

Today, there is another powerful international figure in the person of Richard Branson who has joined the international posse of activists out to demand justice for Anwar. Branson warned Najib that the trial of Anwar on sodomy charges has damaged the image of Malaysia and undermined the confidence of investors to invest in Malaysia.

He strongly advised Najib to dismiss the charges, if he wants foreign investors to put their money here, and help Malaysia to become a high income country.

The DAP had always been in the forefront to criticise the conspiracy to charge Anwar for sodomy and to find him guilty. We have warned that the international community will not idly stand by and watch an innocent person tried on trumped up charges and be put to jail

PM Najib should think carefully and heed international opinion. If he does not then FDIs (Foreign Direct Investments) which fell by 81% in 2009 will fall further and there will be zero investments, which would mean the beginning of the end for the New Economic Model as well as 1 Malaysia.

  1. #1 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Tuesday, 28 September 2010 - 5:53 pm

    Mr. Moo, Malaysian DPM has a different opinion:
    “Hey, malaysia is an independent country. The fall in FDI has nothing to do with all these con-sultans and charlatans from overseas . Actually, it is a cyclical thing. It has to do with the effects of the El-Nino. Itu sebabnya, Malaysia kering sikit; tapi itu bukan masaalah. Bila monsoon datang balik, the FDI will return.”


  2. #2 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Tuesday, 28 September 2010 - 6:02 pm

    Tun M’s resurrection of the ghosts of racism and his use of the racial bogeyman should easily qualify as the No. 1 cause of FDI.

    No.2 cause: who believes the malaysian courts? Or the AG?

    No.3 cause: police force is the political mandore for UMNO.

    No.4 cause: Unqualified kitchen cabinet issues too much hot air and too few brain waves.

  3. #3 by boh-liao on Tuesday, 28 September 2010 - 6:46 pm

    It is critical that PR-controlled states act positively to build up human capital, intellectual capital, financial capital, social capital, n cultural capital b4 GE13

    Show rakyat/voters what PR-controlled states can achieve 2 propel d nation forward

  4. #4 by johnnypok on Tuesday, 28 September 2010 - 7:00 pm

    “If you not happy with BN/UMNO then get out, and join DAP, and migrate to Penang, Selangor and Sarawak…”

    “We don’t need Cina and India votes to win..”

    “Sabah is our fixed-deposit, and will deliver all the votes”

  5. #5 by Jeffrey on Tuesday, 28 September 2010 - 7:03 pm

    Referring to Virgin Group founder Richard Branson’s remarks about Anwar’s Sodomy II charge, DPM Muhyiddin conceded it was bad for the country’s image but (To Quote) also stressed that Anwar’s trial was not a government conspiracy, as alleged by some, pointing out that the case did not fall under the jurisdiction of the government but Malaysia’s “very established” judicial system. “It is a case which is… not being brought by any parties except [an] individual who felt that he has the right to be… judged and, of course, the right to be protected by whatever law in the country, as far as the sodomy case is concerned,” he said’ (Unquote) [as reported by Yow Hong Chieh of TheMalaysianInsider, September 28th].

    If, as what Muhyiddin said, Saiful has the “right to be… judged and, of course, the right to be protected” under our laws, then the charge against Anwar should be based on the offence of non-consensual sodomy under Section 377C of our Penal Code – for that’s exactly how Saiful wanted to be judged (ie an anal virgin) until raped against his will.

    But lo the charge proceeds on the basis of the offence of consensual sodomy under section 377B of the Penal Code that infers Saiful was a willing participant but somehow spared and not charged unlike his other willing participant/partner!

    That’s not how Saiful wants to be judged – a ‘willing’ and ‘consensual’ participant in
    Sodomy! He wants redress/protection from being forcibly ‘analised’ – not from a consensual sodomy. So how does all these fit into what Muhyiddin said about Saiful being entitled to be judged and to get protection of law?

    I have always wondered how does one sustain a charge and secure a conviction against an accused with a consensual sodomy charge when the principal and only witness and complainant providing evidence in support of the charge alleges a different story, saying that he was ravished against his will! I have always also wondered – whether consensual or forced – how does one prove there is sodomy as evinced by penetration where there is a dearth of evidence showing penetration, the deficit of such evidence being supposedly made up by semen? This is very strange method of trying to prove maters backwards – for semen might be obtainable in many circumstances other than just being derived alone from penetration, the most important ingredient in a sodomy charge, whether consensual or forced!

    It is actually not too late in the day to drop the charge to avoid it being turned into a circus by reasons of the earlier contradictions outlined!

    There is a face saving excuse available for dropping the charge: just say that although the evidence as assessed by the prosecutors support consensual sodomy, the charge has to be dropped because the complainant and chief witness Saiful is bent on contradicting it by saying he was raped, therefore making the charge no more tenable to be sustained….Dropping the charge for these reasons does not imply that one necessarily does not believe sodomy had not indeed taken place: its just that the charge could not be sustained to secure a conviction that is credible in the eyes of the public and the world.

    Apart from the blot on foreign investors’ sentiments as Richard Branson said, confirmed by the DPM himself, it could also be major political minus point for the ruling coalition facing an election.

    This case would, due to peremptory procedural objections and applications (including appeals), probably drag longer than the next general election and the next after, and if Sodomy 1 were a guide, it alienates votes for the BN.

  6. #6 by good coolie on Tuesday, 28 September 2010 - 8:14 pm

    What would the PM tell the Americans if a little boy stood up in the General Assembly and said “In Malaysia, Mamma, Malays are detained for re-education if they convert to other religions! How crude!”

  7. #7 by boh-liao on Tuesday, 28 September 2010 - 10:39 pm

    Beware! ‘It ain’t over till the fat lady sings’
    Moo had sung: “The sooner this matter is resolved, the better for us.”
    Bad news 4 AI, d judge has now got d signal 2 make a judgment very soon, case closed

  8. #8 by Loh on Tuesday, 28 September 2010 - 10:59 pm

    ///Referring to Virgin Group founder Richard Branson’s remarks about Anwar’s Sodomy II charge, DPM Muhyiddin conceded it was bad for the country’s image but (To Quote) also stressed that Anwar’s trial was not a government conspiracy, as alleged by some, pointing out that the case did not fall under the jurisdiction of the government but Malaysia’s “very established” judicial system. “It is a case which is… not being brought by any parties except [an] individual who felt that he has the right to be… judged and, of course, the right to be protected by whatever law in the country, as far as the sodomy case is concerned,” he said’ (Unquote) [as reported by Yow Hong Chieh of TheMalaysianInsider, September 28th].///– Jeffrey

    Yeah, the DPM cares about the right of every citizen in the country, so it seems. If that is true then the interest of more than one person would be more important than one person alone. Muhyiddin cannot deny that.

    The charge against Anwar now is consensual sex. If sodomy is illegal, then the interest of both Saiful and Anwar should be the same. Either both of them are punishable or none is.

    Anwar is one of the leaders of PKR. The supporters of PKR want Anwar to be free from persecution so that he could lead the party to defeat the corrupted UMNO to be the next Prime Minister of Malaysia. If the government care about the right of one person, it should care for the right of more than one. The voters who elected Anwar Member of Parliament want to see him serve them without being persecuted. Should not the interest of the voters in Anwar’s constituency be more important than Saiful who, if what he said was true, was involved in consensual sex. If he was willing to be involved in what he did, why should the court waste time on his case? It was not that the government wanted to punish him for what he did. DPM Muhyiddin clearly stated that it was in the interest of Saiful that the court took up the case. Yes we believe that the DPM has no power to stop persecution, but the AG does. Yes, we know that AG follows the rule of law, and that was why he withdrew the case against a DAP state Assemblyman for producing video on “state assembly proceeding under the tree”. The AG can very well withdraw the case against Anwar, and charge Saiful (or was it Najib) for wasting government resources.

  9. #9 by sheriff singh on Tuesday, 28 September 2010 - 11:28 pm

    You think Najib and his henchmen really care?

    The persecution of Anwar will surely continue to the expected outcome. Anwar must be neutralised, put away, where he cannot cause any harm to the BN.

  10. #10 by yhsiew on Wednesday, 29 September 2010 - 2:11 am

    Najib’s Options:

    1. Anwar in jail
    2. Stoppage of FDI

  11. #11 by Godfather on Wednesday, 29 September 2010 - 7:51 am

    Any alternative to UMNO must be stopped dead in its tracks. Why do you think that UMNO will always control the nomination of the Chief Justice ?

  12. #12 by tunglang on Wednesday, 29 September 2010 - 7:59 am

    Dear PM Najib,

    If you can still think for Tanah Ku, believe in Tanah Ku, love this Tanah Ku,
    close the Anwar case forever, dismiss the illegal trump up charges and return clean justice to Anwar.

    We all know this and even a fool knows this.

    Heed the call now or you as PM will be singly responsible for the further fall in FDIs in the months to come. And that will be the eternal nail in the coffin for your cherished 1Malaysia Dream.

    Think for our beloved Tanah Ku.

  13. #13 by House Victim on Wednesday, 29 September 2010 - 8:12 am

    The proceedings so far had proven the Malaysian jurdiciary system is bully. The Government is hopeless to allow cases to be dragged and handled with BIAS. And, had no way to convince the public, including the International that the case is not politically called up.

    Foreigner investors had gone away and dare not invest in Malaysia NOT because Awar is prosecuted but because the Malaysian Administration cannot convince the investor that Laws and Security are properly and efficiently run in the country. Bullyness and idleness are found in each and every Departments with the flip-flop of their heads with Talks but not walks. Laws and Proceedings can easily be twisted!!

    The case should be dropped as it cannot proved to be a sound case or it should be speeded-up within a time frame and surely to be before the next GE. Is the Malaysian Administration lacking such resources to do it? Or, it is out of their will to do it?

    Is a Political “star” can be grilled as such, what can Foreigner or Foreign Investor expect from Malaysia??

    When PR states cannot even dare to acts on idleness of Police/KUP/AG on clients being cheated and assaulted by lawyer, or, response to bullyness on land and housing matter, will foreigners come and invest in Malaysia?

  14. #14 by dagen on Wednesday, 29 September 2010 - 8:14 am

    Alien Ambassador?

    Errr excuse me. There is no such post. Isnt there?

    Oh dear.

    Our image kena phaaarked yet again, internationally.

    Jib Jib tak Boleh

  15. #15 by dagen on Wednesday, 29 September 2010 - 8:34 am

    Of course umno will not bother. Killing anwar off politically to them is the most desired end result; and for this purpose no means should be spared and all consequences must be borne.

    Having said that, between dr mamak and jibby the jib, the former is more brutal. Jib however is not that tough but unfortunately for the nation (and one female foreigner) he gets pushed around by fat mama ros.

  16. #16 by dagen on Wednesday, 29 September 2010 - 8:48 am

    “(Bernama) – About 70 people, including members of Perkasa, turned up at the Chinese Assembly Hall in Jalan Maharajalela here tonight to stage a protest against controversial rapper Wee Meng Chee or better known as Namewee.

    The group was seen carrying Perkasa banners and Namewee’s pictures that were later set on fire, while some hurled abuse at the rapper who was launching an album in the hall.

    About 100 policemen, including the Federal Reserve Unit from Dang Wangi, were present to ensure peace and safety.

    Wira Perkasa Malaysia head Arman Azha Abu Hanifah, who headed the gathering, tried to enter the hall but was prevented by police.

    The group later wanted the police to call Namewee out of the hall but police did not heed their request.

    Arman Azhar later told reporters that the gathering was to protest against Namewee who had disgraced the nation through his controversial video clips and albums which were racists in nature.

    “We want him (Namewee) to openly apologise to not only the Malays but the people of Malaysia. What he has done has certainly damaged racial harmony and unity,” he said.

    Meanwhile, Dang Wangi police chief ACP Zulkarnain Abdul Rahman said nobody was arrested during the protest since they followed police instructions and dispersed when instructed by police.

    “We asked them to disperse within 40 minutes and they followed the instructions,” he said.”

    Perkasa, “Nah” kasi sama u.

  17. #17 by k1980 on Wednesday, 29 September 2010 - 9:01 am

    The Kenyan psedo-American did not bring up the persecution of Anwar when he met Jibbi in New York. Why?

  18. #18 by Jeffrey on Wednesday, 29 September 2010 - 10:10 am

    The PM is telling the world that it was vital “to capture the higher ground” and not allow the extremists to dictate and push their agenda to impress the majority.
    Well first thing first: do the same back home. The 70 people, including members of Perkasa, could stage a protest against Namewee’s alleged ‘racism’. That’s OK, even if I think Namewee is patriotic rather than racist, that’s their democratic right to protest. However make sure that if some 70 other people protest against Perkasa, one does not use law enforcement and harassment to silence them. That would be selective. Majority can’t neutralize those who, by their majority standards, hold extreme views if extremists are protected and moderate s are persecuted due to some political agenda.

    On the subject matter in this thread, if the intent is to neutralize Anwar as glue of disparate Opposition parties, how is that intent realized? There’s only 2 ways: (a) tarnish him as sodomite by the charge itself, never mind whether it can be proven homosexual or (b) incarcerate him if a conviction is secured.
    I would say, don’t waste time if this were the intent. (a) cannot be accomplished without a conviction; (b) is not easy in light of the contradictions and anomalies of the whole case as stated in my preceding post, but even if conviction could be secured, it would, after conviction and the series of appeals, take years way after this election and even maybe the next! As I said Sodomy II also evinces a promise of alienating votes just as Sodomy I has done!
    Even if ½ the nation think that Anwar is guilty, no citizen should be charged if the prerequisites for a prima facie case – eg proof of penetration and a witness whose chief witness is consistent with the charge – are not in place. This is rule most law and due process.
    If the other ½ nation & rest of the world think him innocent and politically persecuted, drop the charge in the interest of national healing of rifts.

    Already the country is torn by too many rifts – whether racial, religious or cultural- which is what 1 Malaysia purportedly intends to do!
    Better still drop section 377 from the Penal Code. It is a colonial relic. It has been gathering dust. It has not been invoked against anyone alleged to be homosexual, gay, lesbian, bi-sexual or travestite/trans-sexual – so why selectively against Anwar, not once but twice???
    In the West, a known Lesbian could hold public office. In California the same sex can get married. In good ole England (ex colonizer who gave section 377) Elton John was knighted, given their kind of datukship as “sir”. Of course I am not saying we ape the West. We have different cultural/religious values. By all means. You can’t accept, then you have to ostracize those whom you consider deviant. That is social punishment enough. You don’t need a law to say it is criminal and send someone to jail so that he can engage in sodomy with his inmates. It is a violation of human rights. Especially if one believes that the Almighty creates all human beings, so if anyone created that way or acquired that predilection, what’s the beef? When 1 Malaysia urges not just tolerance but also acceptance of differences, doesn’t it include homosexual, gay, lesbian, bi-sexual or travestite/trans-sexual in our midst? I say do away this archaic law – much more try enforce it selectively -that is destined to be scorned with the onward march of civilization and better education.

  19. #19 by Jeffrey on Wednesday, 29 September 2010 - 10:15 am

    Ooops, correction –

    “This is rule OF (not most) law and due process….” and
    …Already the country is torn by too many rifts – whether racial, religious or cultural- which is what 1 Malaysia purportedly intends to HEAL (not do)!…”

  20. #20 by wanderer on Wednesday, 29 September 2010 - 12:19 pm

    We have deranged political terrorists in the BN coalition, so, who was jibby C4 trying to kid in UN?
    UMNO leaders, should look at themselves in the mirror, before venturing out into the world stage talking cock….

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