Umno will regret its Anwar ‘vendetta’ in GE14, says WSJ

The Malay Mail Online
FEBRUARY 12, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 12 — In an opinion piece today, financial daily Wall Street Journal (WSJ) criticised the Federal Court’s decision to convict Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim for sodomy, calling it a “Pyrrhic victory” for ruling party Umno.

In its bid to stop Anwar from becoming a prime minister, WSJ said Umno had damaged Malaysia’s reputation and the fabric of society, both of which will return to haunt the ruling party in the next general election.

“Umno’s decades-long vendetta against Mr Anwar has brought discredit on Malaysia’s government and political culture,” said the article titled “Malaysia’s Anwar Shame”.

“It is likely to accelerate the ruling party’s loss of support from a maturing population repulsed by such dirty tricks. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s failure to call an end to this farce is a stain on his legacy.”

According to WSJ, Umno had resorted to a trumped-up charge against Anwar recycled from the playbook of former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, rather than fight Anwar “fairly”.

“In both cases, the allegations against Mr Anwar arose as he was poised to wrest power from Umno,” said WSJ.

“In 1998, he created the ‘Reformasi’ movement that challenged government corruption and cronyism. In 2008, he established an opposition coalition that won 48 per cent of the popular vote and came close to forming a government with defectors from the ruling coalition.”

Shortly after Anwar was delivered the guilty verdict on Tuesday, a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) was released, hailing the “independence” of the judiciary and pointing out that there have been many rulings against senior government figures.

Critics later questioned the PMO’s quick release of its response to the conviction, claiming that it suggests the possibility of collusion between the government and the judiciary.

Anwar had also accused the Federal Court of being on the “dark side” for upholding his conviction of a sodomy charge that he maintained was politically motivated.

In delivering its verdict, the Federal Court said that Anwar’s claim of a political conspiracy in his second sodomy charge remains unproven and is not credible defence.

According to a press summary of its decision, the country’s top court also pointed out that Anwar’s political conspiracy allegation was given in an unsworn statement, which meant that the prosecutors and trial judge could not quiz him on his claim.

  1. #1 by worldpress on Thursday, 12 February 2015 - 9:45 pm

    Are you ready ‘reformasi’!

  2. #2 by boh-liao on Thursday, 12 February 2015 - 11:43 pm

    UmnoB/BN – Y regret? Y worry?
    Everything going UmnoB/BN’s way
    1 once-powerful enemy in jail, incapacitated
    Another leader just RIP, leaving a dumb son
    PR abt 2 disintegrate
    PAS might kwai kwai return 2 BN with tail between d butt cheeks
    So, life is good n beautiful 2 UmnoB/BN

  3. #3 by waterfrontcoolie on Friday, 13 February 2015 - 2:59 pm

    It appears to be a sign of desperation!!!!!

  4. #4 by Noble House on Saturday, 14 February 2015 - 1:59 am

    Why the need for the PMO to issued a statement in defense when it was revealed earlier that this was a case brought by a private individual, and not by the government?

  5. #5 by good coolie on Saturday, 14 February 2015 - 2:17 pm

    This dastardly prosecution of Anwar will come back to haunt Malaysians. No one in the opposition feels safe now; but if you are with the gomen, you can get away scot-free with the statutory rape of a minor because the gomen will not prosecute you. But what goes round comes round.
    As for equal treatment of all prisoners, that may not be true if Anwar can become a lecturer in prison (mind you there is at least one precedent for this).

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