Opposition leader stresses the present, not past is his main concern following daughter's push for apology from Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
KUALA LUMPUR: Jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim and his former mentor-turned-nemesis Dr Mahathir Mohamad have issued a joint statement against the National Security Council (NSC) Act.
The statement, which was confirmed by Anwar himself, voices concern that the NSC is a threat to democracy in the country.
“We notice that almost all institutions in the country, such as the police, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), the Attorney-General and Bank Negara are fully under Prime Minister Najib Razak’s control.”
The two former Umno leaders said that the NSC denies the right of slain officers or civilians to a post-mortem to determine their cause of death, adding this will lead to higher chances of wrongdoing.
“This act has cast aside the role and powers of the Yang DiPertuan Agong and the Council of Malay Rulers in the realm of public safety and freedom.”
Thus, Anwar and Mahathir said they were united with the people to fight the NSC, and to bring change and reform to protect the rights and freedoms of Malaysians and to bring progress to Malaysia once more.
Anwar told reporters when met at the High Court here today that the joint statement is a good initiative.
He also responded to questions regarding his daughter, Nurul Nuha Anwar, asking Mahathir to apologise for the latter’s transgressions against him in the past.
“The problem is that all of this happened so sudden. I had no opportunity to speak to my children.”
“I have explained it to my children. It is enough. We have suffered immensely.”
Last week, Nurul Nuha had urged Mahathir to own up for his accusations and other actions that led to her father’s arrest and conviction for sodomy and corruption in 1998.
Anwar said his concern now was the present, and that he was appreciative of Mahathir’s support against the NSC, adding that “reformasi” is still important.
When asked whether he had forgiven Mahathir, Anwar responded by saying that he had forgiven a lot of people.
On Sept 5, Mahathir turned up at the Kuala Lumpur High Court to show his support for Anwar’s suit against the government over the NSC. It was the first time in 18 years that the two adversaries had met.