KUALA SELANGOR: Port Dickson MP Anwar Ibrahim today reminded undergraduates to not be lazy and to read up on all that has been written concerning the sodomy allegations against him.
Anwar said the case had been explained on Youtube and Facebook, and there were even books and other literature written on it.
“There was a book written by Queen’s Counsel Mark Trowell. He followed the court proceedings, and he wrote the book. Go and read it.
“What I wish to ask here is, do we want to be victims of other people’s slander, or do we want to find the truth by listening and reading the facts?
“You said you have not heard from my side. That is not true. Books and articles have been written, and written in detail. It is all explained clearly. The defence records. It is all there. Go and read,” he said during a question and answer session at a programme in Universiti Selangor’s Bestari Jaya campus here tonight.
Anwar was responding to a question by a student, who asked if the former was really guilty of sodomy.
The incoming PKR president further stated that during campaigning in Port Dickson, he was not asked to defend himself on the sodomy allegation.
Anwar pointed out that he had been pardoned by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong who had told him that he was cleared of all allegations from 1998 to 2018.
“The king had said ‘I know and I am confident that you are not guilty. I know there was a miscarriage of justice, and the allegations are false’. He also reminded me that when I come into power, to not allow such cruel things to be done to others.
“I have repeated that several times. There are also 1.2 million hits on Youtube already,” he said.
In March 2014, the Court of Appeal overturned Anwar’s acquittal for sodomising Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, his former aide.
The decision was reaffirmed on Feb 10, 2015, by the Federal Court which sentenced Anwar to five years’ jail.
On May 16, Anwar was granted a royal pardon by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
On the significance of the Kajang and Port Dickson moves, Anwar said the issue should no longer arise as he had already won with a big majority in Port Dickson, and that there was already a consensus for him to be the next prime minister.
He said while he had gone through much suffering for many years being in and out of jail, and as bad as his situation was, his children had successfully made it into university, and there was food to put on the table.
“On the contrary, the rural kids have problems. So I sacrificed a bit. I talked to Dr Mahathir Mohamad. If we do not come together, it would be hard to save Malaysia. So we teamed up again and toppled Barisan Nasional (BN).
“Between the little bit of sacrifice and the people’s problem, I chose the country and the people.
“It was not easy. Ten-and-a-half years in jail. I was shamed and disgraced. But let’s move on,” he said.
On the issue of money politics in the current PKR polls, Anwar said there should be no defence of money politics.
“Using money to buy people, to buy their votes, that is the dirty work of the devil. When you do something like that, you are not great. You have low morals. You can only gain support of the people through money,” he said.
Anwar said the party has been fighting it for 20 years.
“There is a difference in how the money is used. If someone comes from far to cast their votes, and you give them money to eat, that I can still tolerate.
“But to give money to people, asking them to vote for certain candidates, say RM100 per person… these things have been happening, but we have to find enough evidence.
“A few leaders have called me, and I have asked them for proof,” he added.