In fact, former DPM Anwar Ibrahim could have lingered longer at the Sungai Buloh Prison had not one Abdullah Badawi come along to head the nation after the like-him-or-hate-him Dr Mahathir Mohamad. In was during the sleepuy-eyed Pak Lah, as fondly known, that an UMNO depicted to the Malaysian some milk of human decency-- a rare commodity among Malaysian politicians! -- that allowed some semblance of judicial independence to enable Anwar's survival the first Sodomy I charge.
Some 15 years later, the PM-in-waiting was not so fortunate as, SAVE FOR PAK LAH, few court cases which involved POLITICAL figures from the Opposition, could be deemed independently adjudicated. Yes, there is more show of independce in COMMERCIAL cases, but this only involved Mony, NOT POLITICAL POWER, so the UMNO kingpins could close one eye.
After two years incarceration under the now repealed ISA (Internal Security Act), why do do ask wan, ignoramus? -- Anwar spent six years in jail for Abuse of Power soon after he was sacked by Dr Malathir at end-1999! Thankfully, Pak Lah's ascension allowed Anwar to be relased from prison to re-enter the political arena after a five-year bar (while his loving wife Dr Wan Azizah Ismail was thrown reluctantly into the political pool, and became by default Opposition Leader. Do you recall it was brave Pak Lah who referred to some one as an IBLIS rocking his eraly days of PMship?
Tuesday's Federal Court's decision to convict Anwar on Sodomy 2, and ordering a five-year jail term is all DEJA VU. This Shakespearian inspired politician's journey paralleled many facets of South Africa's NELSON MANDELA.
******* Before I reprise an olde post later as a PS, cun? Can I extract some background on Nelson Mandela from wikipedia? (Desi, knotyyaSsusual, always pampering you!)
|1st President of South Africa|
10 May 1994 – 14 June 1999
F. W. de Klerk
|Preceded by||F. W. de Klerk|
|Succeeded by||Thabo Mbeki|
|Secretary General of Non-Aligned Movement|
2 September 1998 – 14 June 1999
|Preceded by||Andrés Pastrana Arango|
|Succeeded by||Thabo Mbeki|
|Born||Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
18 July 1918
Mvezo, Umtata (now Mthatha), South Africa
|Died||5 December 2013 (aged 95)
Johannesburg, South Africa
|Political party||African National Congress|
|Spouse(s)||Evelyn Ntoko Mase (1944–1957)
Winnie Madikizela (1957–1996)
Graça Machel (1998–2013)
|Residence||Houghton Estate, Johannesburg, South Africa|
|Alma mater||University of Fort Hare
University of London External System
University of South Africa
University of the Witwatersrand
Mandela was born in Mvezo, South Africa to a Thembu royal family.
His government focused on throwing out the legacy of apartheid by ending racism, poverty, inequality, and on improving racial understanding in South Africa. Politically a believer in socialism, he served as the President of the African National Congress (ANC) from 1991 to 1997 and adopted new Constitution of South African in 1996 that prohibits all discrimination, based on language, religion, handicap and sexual orientation, not only on racism. Internationally, Mandela was the Secretary General of the Non-Aligned Movement from 1998 to 1999.
Mandela received more than 250 honors, including the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize, the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Soviet Order of Lenin. He is often referred to by his Xhosa clan name, Madiba, or as Tata ("Father").
Mandela was sick for several years during his retirement. He was hospitalized in late summer of 2013 from a continuous lung infection. Mandela died on 5 December 2013 in Houghton Estate, Johannesburg from the lung infection. He was 95 years old.
Now, May I seek your indulgence dear ER while I reprised some thing olde, but relevant to our interesting -- and strange -- times as the Malaysian Bar Council stated as posted here Yesterday, when all of Desi's troubles seem'd so far away! I quote lots of hippie-era Beatles, sometimes, vey less, also Da Brad-lah!).
As a jouro-blogger, Desi is lucky to enjoy Internet access with bonus Google bonus track to easily Cut&Copy:)~~~so, reprising or my reprsisal on yopu4silentlyCOMPLAINING about Desi's longwindednurse!:)
I quote from independent.co.uk an old news report from two years ago:~~
“All the surveys, including the government of Malaysia’s, have shown we are leading,” Mr Ibrahim told The Independent, speaking by phone from Kuala Lumpur. “But we have to take care to look for bias and fraud in the electoral process. We are appealing to the international community and the media to follow the election very closely.”
The 65-year-old heads the Pakatan Rakyat (People’s Alliance) opposition coalition, which is trying to defeat the ruling Barisan Nasional (National Front) bloc, which has held power in Malaysia since 1957. He is doing so by highlighting alleged corruption, authoritarianism and laws that favour ethnic Malays over their Indian- and Chinese-origin countrymen and women.
Since independence, the nation has emerged as a success story of economic growth and development (after a brief recession in 2009, its GDP is once again on the rise). It has also avoided the worst of the turmoil that has affected other countries in the region. But critics say it has done so at the cost of human rights, openness and freedom of expression. They also say corruption is rife.
“It’s such an authoritarian system. We need to transform the country into a vibrant democracy,” said Mr Ibrahim. “There is no independent media, we have racist policies. We need to have a more transparent system that recognises the value of all relationships, irrespective of race.”
The veteran opposition leader has been speaking at rallies across the country at which he highlights what he says is widespread nepotism within the government, headed by the British-educated Prime Minister, Najib Razak. He believes the mood in the country suggests the public is ready to back him and he talks of a “Malaysian spring”.
He has also been making repeated claims that the ruling party is engaged in efforts to rig the election; earlier this week he issued a statement claiming the Prime Minister’s office was hiring charter planes to fly in up to 40,000 “ghost voters” from its strongholds to vote in close races elsewhere in the country. A government spokesperson did not respond to The Independent’s request for a comment. Beating the National Front coalition is no easy matter for Mr Ibrahim. It holds 135 of the parliament’s 222 seats, compared with the 75 held by Mr Ibrahim; and ahead of the elections, Mr Razak, the son of one of Malaysia’s founding fathers, has also introduced a series of populist measures designed to win votes. Agence France-Presse recently reported that Mr Razak is also motivated by the knowledge that if he loses the contest, he will likely face a leadership challenge within his own party, the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO).
Opinion polls last month suggested the race was too close to call, or else gave a narrow edge to the ruling party. But a survey published last week, conducted by the University of Malaya’s Centre for Democracy and Elections, suggested the opposition was slightly in the lead.
Should Mr Ibrahim achieve victory, it would represent a remarkable turn-around. In the early 1990s, the son of a hospital porter rose through the ranks of one of the ruling National Front parties to be the protégé of Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Widely hailed in the West as a reformist, Mr Ibrahim held a series of government portfolios, including the finance ministry, before being appointed deputy prime minister in 1998. But the two men, who had been described as being like father and son, fell out over Mr Ibrahim’s repeated calls for reform.
Sacked from office, he was then accused of sodomy, which remains a crime in Malaysia. The allegations were contained within a book – 50 Reasons Why Anwar Cannot Become Prime Minister – written by the editor of a government-controlled newspaper. Despite many seeing them as politically motivated, Mr Ibrahim spent six years in jail. He was released in 2004. In 2008, the opposition leader challenged the government at the polls, for the first time threatening its simple majority. In the aftermath of that election, fresh allegations of sodomy were made, this time by a former aide. Mr Ibrahim again insisted he was innocent, and in January 2012, following a trial that lasted two years, he was acquitted.
The opposition leader said the time he spent in jail had not been easy. “After I was released in 2004, I was invited by Nelson Mandela to spend time in Johannesburg,” he said. “I joked that my release had been a ‘short walk to freedom’ [a reference to the title of Mr Mandela’s autobiography]. We have faith and conviction that the country can be freed from authoritarian rule and the economy can be changed to serve the country and the masses.
“Of course, at times, during solitary confinement you think about your wife and family,” he said. “And you think that there might be other options and the political leadership might be more open too. But the fact is that if you want to dismantle a country’s system, they are not going to give up power easily. You have to be prepared – it’s a long battle.”
Dr Mohamed Nawab Mohamed Osman, head of the Malaysia programme at Singapore’s S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, said he believed Mr Ibrahim could tap into growing public dissatisfaction about corruption and “crony capitalism”.
He said his coalition would also draw support from ethnic Indians and Chinese fed up with what they see as inequalities, such as reservation of university places for ethnic Malays. And yet, he said, should Mr Ibrahim lead the opposition coalition to victory at the weekend, it would represent nothing less than a remarkable achievement. “To come back once from a political death is remarkable, but to come back two times would be a feat very few leaders have achieved,” he said. “It’s amazing. No one would have thought that prior to 2008, Anwar Ibrahim could be the next prime minister of the country.”
DESIDERATA: The highlights in red are all done by this scribe for they ease of reading -- see how I pamper my lazy BUMmer readers! -- to plug the point that byt jailing the Oppoistion Leader for the THIRD TIME, they have made Anwar Ibrahim a MARTYR like Mandela. So we will be patient and emulate the stroing-willed Anwar so that he will emerge eventually to wield the power that UMNOputras feared, fear and will continue to fear. as former Bar Council and later as BERSIH chief Datuk Ambiga Sreneevasan said, Anwar will be even more dangerous to the UMNO kingpins in prison than outside. To these UMNO rules-benders, Desi ends with a greAting: "MAY YOU LIVE IN INTERESTIN G TIMES!"