Live – Anwar goes to court


Anwar is back in court for yet another trial widely referred to as Sodomy II, a decade after his first sodomy trial.

Saiful gives a press conference outside the courtroom – Photos by Tian Chua

The crowd outside the courtroom

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  1. To Gerakan K.
    To me Buah Pala is a secondary issue. First issue, and nobody wants to talk about is, why was the land sold to a Malay koperasi and subsequently sold to the developer. To me and to you too Gerakan K, is the big issue. Get that nit-wit.?

  2. A “raped” or “sodomised” “victim” coming out to tell all so explicitly? Willing to disclose what happened to her or him in public? Willing to be shown on a wide screen telling what happened for people to know and digest? Allowing the media to carry out the sensation without protest? Some media too eager to expose everything too soon? Never in the history of “true rape or sodomy” has this happened before. Perhaps, the next print of the Guiness Book of World Record should have this included.

  3. Can a person not go to toilet for two days? Does a person not wash himself for two days? Does a person not take a bath for 2 days? Does a person not wash himself or herself after sex? Never heard of these before….

  4. More than anything else, this trial actually shows Najib’s impotence within even his own party. The reason this trial is going on is because (some people) think that putting Anwar into jail will cripple PKR and PR.

    Its simply the wrong premise. PR AND even PKR has gotten bigger than Anwar. While there is chance PKR and PR could disintegrate, its not for sure and even if it does happen, won’t happen quickly. Both DAP and PAS have found a way to work together although less comfortably without Anwar.

    If the feuding faction within PKR, and its just within PKR because DAP and PAS can work with each other so long as there is someone who leads PKR, can agree on a campaign to utitlize Anwar jailing, the whole thing will boomberang back on UMNO/BN.

    The battle cry of First Altantuya, then Anwar, next will be too potent to risk something that at best have a 50/50 chance of working and likely less…

    Najib is taking a big foolish chance letting the ultras have their way. Like the Allah issue, this will hurt him and he is pathetic to let this happen..

  5. The world leaders are watching, and Malaysia cannot afford to be black-listed. If there is a miscarriage of justice here, there is so much to lose for the rakyat.
    FDI and all sorts of foreign projects would be impacted.
    BN losing sight of the forest among the trees.

  6. Malaysia haa become popular for the wrong reason. We have never learnt enough. Soon the economy is going to slump. Investors are not coming. Capitals are flowing out. As for Lim Guan Eng, he is one of the best CM we have ever had in the country. The mainstream media will put him down, yes. This is politics. Lim shines and Pakatan will prevail in Penang. Let’s not be carried away by all the MSM propaganda. LIM is an exemplary leader. Emulate him, and Malaysia will be a success story.

    • Please don’t emulate him. More villages will be flatten (remember Kg Buah Pala ??? ). No allocation for MP/ADUN for his/her constituency. Massive FDI will be rejected without a thorough fight. One PR MP said he is communist minded. I’m very scare you know.

  7. After “SodoMee 1”, someone had been threw to jail and then DrM grandly retired. Nothing happened. After “SodoMee 2″…

    There is simple solution, just jump with a group of frogs and everything will be OK.

  8. i feel sick in the stamuck…the truma of 1998-1999 is still fresh in my mind and to think that i and so many others have to go through it again is just depressing & sickening…..

    is there any more hope in this country???…

  9. … if I’m right, UMNO factions … have badly misread Malay sentiments for no one looks too kindly or take lightly allegations of sodomy.

    … terima kasih again, job well done as Liwat Take 2 is only going to splatter over …

    • Gerakan K,

      Dream on. … to syiok BN, especially for Gerakan and UMNO only, trust me. Now you can never know what is real and what is being played out.


    • Gerakan K,

      The game is temporary out of order,but not over yet.
      rift is good, even better than the hopeless repetitive parrot….

  10. The defence should also subpoena Najib and Rosmah as witnesses. He should also subpoena Mumtaz Jaafar, alleged to be godmother of Saifool and also special aide to Rosmah. Then only it can be a fair trial.

  11. Dear Anil,

    Please do a piece on the rift between PKR and DAP in Penang.

    The majority of PKR rank and file have have enough of the way DAP is treating them, although most of them won’t say anything on the record, privately they will tell you of how kurang ajar DAP has become.

    No, not only the Malay members of PKR are feeling that way, even the Chinese members of PKR Penang already fed up with DAP.

    Don’t get me wrong, Anil. Doing a piece on the rift between PKR and DAP is not for the benefit of BN, the main purpose is that we must find a way to dissolve this rift or in the coming GE BN gonna take advantage of this and attempt to break up the PR coalition, at least in Penang.

    Since there is still time before the next GE, doing a piece on the PKR / DAP rift will get more head to think of this crisis and hopefully will find an amicable way to settle it.

    On the part of DAP, they must understand that their “My way or highway” mindset must change, since they are no longer on the opposition, at least in Penang.

    DAP must learn how to behave as a team player.

    If DAP keeps on doing what they have been doing for the past 50 years or so, the future looks bleak for the PR coalition, at least in Penang, for PKR’s rank and file are really really feeling that DSAI has abandoned them, while siding with Lim Guan Eng and his group of cronies, including Jeff Ooi.

    Didn’t you see how Jeff Ooi have behaved? …

    I am not a PKR member but I do have a lot of friends from PKR. I can sense that the tension is high, and getting higher and higher.

    You do not have to post this message if you don’t want to, Anil. I just wish that you can do a piece on the rift.

    Thank you, Anil !

    • Iron,

      Let me say my piece.

      The troube with PKR is that, it is top heavy with exUMNO Baru, warlords and generals. They continue to carry out running things and throwing their weight around like the UMNO Baru days in PKR. Those non-Malays are mainly from disgruntled MCA, MIC, Gerakan people. These people had already been imbued with the “ketuanan mentality”. They are too scared to voice their disagreements even when they do not agree. They choose to keep quiet. To them whatever these exUMNO warlords say, it is correct. Just like what happened in MCA, MIC and Gerakan. And these UMNO warlords, find it difficult to accept when LGE does not work their way.

      Whereas LGE is a thorougbred, he had the experiences of dealing with these UMNO warlords, he had sacrificed much, he is too experience for these UMNO warlords! He dare to say “NO”, in the name of accountability. These UMNO warlords are so used to bullying MCA, MIC and Gerakan, so much so they find LGE too hot to handle. They are unable to get LGE to do things their way and LGE will not succumb to threats or bullying, certainly not from PKR when he dares to take on UMNO baru.

      It takes time to gel, all in PR that is, they got to accept that they are fighting as equals, no more “ketuanan”. So it is a new experience altogether, the non Malays in PKR will think that LGE is arrogant and what not, but, the fact is, we are all fighting on an equal platform. Both the exUMNO Baru generals and those non-Malays in PKR must wake up and understand the reality of the new politics. While the non-Malays has no qualms of the Malays holding the PM, DPM, all the important portfolios, what matters to them are the problems of corruption, the economy, high crime rates and education. As far as the country is properly run, there is no issue.

      As for Jeff Ooi, you need to understand that what he said might be seem to be offensive, but in reality, it is the new political scenario, where we fight as Malaysians, no longer divided into Malays, chinese, Indians and the rest. So, it takes sometime for Malaysians to accept the new political scenario. Mutual respect is of utmost importance, PKR, DAP, PAS is not fighting for one race at the expense of the others like UMNO Baru and Gerakan, but for all Malaysians. UMNO baru had been seen to be championing the Malay race, but, in actual fact are they fighting for themselves and making use of the Malays for their votes? So, the problem in PKR, is the period of getting to know you and gelling with one another. Rome was not built in a day, so it takes time for the real political and social reality to set into their minds before they can work as one. I hope my share of ideas are acceptable. Please understand I have never voted the DAP, but PAS, and this is my observation. Thank you.

    • I would like to, Iron, but I don’t think I have enough info on how the bad blood first started and who is really responsible for sparking the rift.

      Certain politicians are also carrying the baggage of their past association with BN parties, which they haven’t yet discarded.

      Those responsible for this rift/mess are undermining the rakyat’s aspirations for real and meaningful reforms.

      • Perhaps it would be worth tackling the allegation made by Tan in:–the-malaysian-insider

        and perhaps compare differing experiences of MPs in different states? I thought Tan’s allegation was very interesting – it made TMI’s blatant editorial posturing (I like Iron’s “my way or the highway” – TMI’s editorial is like that) even more surprising! That story deserves a decent re-write by a proper journalist.

      • I can sense that many are associating PKR with UMNO.

        While partly true, you guys have simplified this crisis too much.

        You must understand the way the Malays think. It’s not UMNO, it’s the Malay’s worldview.

        In the Malay tradition, the leaders (Penghulu, Ketua, Pegawai, Pengarah, Raja, Sultan) have absolute power.

        Even children walking in front of their parents have to bow down, stretch one hand to the ground, before passing through.

        It’s a sign of absolute respect for the elders / leaders.

        I do not know where you guys have lived all your lives, and if you guys have lived in Malaysia for years and still do not understand the Malay worldview, what more can I say?

        Stop blaming “BN baggage” or “UMNO” or whatever.

        It’s the lack of understanding of the Malay culture on the part of DAP and many of you …

        Do you know that the kampung folks hate DAP? Do you know why?

        Because to them the way DAP behaves, yes, … are kurang ajar. That’s the way they see things, and that’s the way it is.

    • Iron

      How come you NEVER tell us about your PKR kawan’s comments on your Kulim MP in this blog? Or they to ashame and have nothing to say except to take someone as whipping boy on other matters?

      • I am talking about Penang.

        That (guy) is from Kulim.

        And last time I checked Kulim isn’t part of Penang.


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