Saturday, 20 October, 2018

Anwar says Malaysia on verge of "golden era"

Malaysia's opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim speaks during an election campaign in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia's opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim speaks during an election campaign in Kuala Lumpur
Ellis Copeland | 16 May, 2018, 07:26

On Monday, the Comptroller of the Royal Household, Istana Negara, Wan Ahmad Dahlan Ab Aziz, said in a statement that the king, Sultan Muhammad V, had consented to all procedures related to the proceedings of the Pardons Board pertaining to Anwar being finalised on Wednesday.

The pardons board met on Wednesday morning, giving a reprieve to the long-time opposition leader who was convicted of sodomy and sentenced to five years in jail, which was considered to be a politically-motivated charge.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Malaysia's reformist icon Anwar Ibrahim has been freed from custody after receiving a royal pardon, paving the way for a political comeback following his alliance's stunning election victory.

"We accept the transformation that we desired, especially the reformation that we wished to propose", she said to reporters after visiting Anwar at the Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital here yesterday.

The designated deputy prime minister said efforts towards delivering the manifesto pledges could go on even though none of the pact's leaders have taken the oath of office aside from Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed (R) and Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Anwar Ibrahim offer prayers at the Malaysian 1998 Budget report in Parliament in Kuala Lumpur, October 17, 1998.

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He is prime minister-in-waiting but unlikely to take over quickly from Mahathir.

The 92-year-old former-PM was also the man responsible for putting Anwar in jail the first time around back in 1999 during Dr Mahathir's first stint in the prime minister's role between 1981 to 2003.

Anwar can not directly join the government anytime soon.

Mahathir has said he expects to run the government for up to two years but has signalled the reins would be turned over to the Anwar eventually.

Now 70, he was imprisoned again in 2015 during Najib's rule - after making historic gains as the head of the opposition at the 2013 elections.

In an ominous sign for the former prime minister, Najib and his wife Rosmah were slapped with a travel ban by Malaysia's Immigration Department on Saturday, which stopped the couple from leaving for Jakarta.

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