KUALA LUMPUR: PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim will be released from the Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital upon the finalisation of a full pardon granted by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong tomorrow, said the party’s vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar.
“It is a wonderful day for us and we have always been fighting alongside our father to pursue reforms and justice.
“It has never been about our father but doing it because it is right,” she said when met at the hospital, where Anwar has been undergoing treatment following surgery.
When asked whether Anwar should take over as prime minister, Izzah said she believed the country deserved the best prime minister.
“I will continue to ensure that the current prime minister (Dr Mahathir Mohamad) fulfils the promises for reforms he has made and we will ensure there are proper checks and balances.”
Mahathir had previously said he would remain prime minister for two years before stepping down for Anwar to take over.
Anwar, 70, was due to be released from the Sungai Buloh prison on June 8, with time off for good behaviour.
He was handed a five-year jail sentence in 2015 on a sodomy charge which his supporters maintain were politically motivated.
Earlier, when met, PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution said Anwar will be released from the rehabilitation hospital tomorrow upon the pardons board’s decision.
He however was not able to give an exact time of release.
Saifuddin added there was nothing in Anwar’s health records preventing him from being discharged from the hospital.
“He will be at the gathering tomorrow night at Padang Timur, Petaling Jaya,” he said.