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I’m still 40, says birthday boy Anwar

 | August 10, 2017

Supporters sing 'Happy Birthday' to the jailed leader who turns 70 this year.



KUALA LUMPUR: Jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was thrown a birthday party of sorts outside the Kuala Lumpur High Court today as prison guards accompanied him to attend a defamation trial involving his eldest daughter Nurul Izzah Anwar.

But the birthday boy, who turns 70 today, appeared to be sticking to his age 30 years ago.

“When you ask me my age, I will say 40,” Anwar told his supporters who sang him “Happy Birthday”, as guards tried to stop the crowd from taking photographs.


A birthday cake presented by supporters for Anwar Ibrahim at the High Court today.

“I don’t tell you my age because there are many young girls around.”

Anwar is a witness in Nurul Izzah’s lawsuit against Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar and Rural and Regional Development Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

Nurul Izzah is suing the duo over a claim that she had committed “treason” by meeting Jacel Kiram, the daughter of Jamalul Kiram III, the self-proclaimed ruler of the Sulu Sultanate who led an armed intrusion into Sabah in early 2013, resulting in the deaths of dozens of his men as well as Malaysian security forces.

Nurul Izzah met Jacel during a visit to the Philippines.

Khalid and Ismail had twice failed to strike out her suit last year, and they have also failed to work out an out-of-court settlement.


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