The leaders of Pakatan Rakyat consider the legal action against Anwar to be “blatant political persecution”; the whole nation is on trial, they said in a statement released today.
Wan Azizah was put on standby to serve as leader of the PR Leadership Council – just in case Anwar was denied bail.
They also reiterated their full endorsement for Anwar as candidate in Permatang Pauh and confirmed a joint campaign.
If Anwar wins the by-election, the Pakatan leaders will propose him as Parliamentary Opposition Leader.
The full statement is as follows:
Statement of Pakatan Rakyat Leadership Council
7 August 2008, 9:30 am, High Court, Jalan Duta, KL
The Pakatan Rakyat Leadership Council held a special meeting last night (6 August 2008). We reached the following agreements:
a) We consider that the case against Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim is blatant political persecution, and that it is not only Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim being tried but the whole nation is on trial.
b) In case of Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim is detained or denied bail, then Datuk Seri Wan Azizah, the PKR President will act as coordinator for the council.
c) We fully endorsed Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim as the Pakatan candidate in the Permatang Pauh by-election and we will form a joint machinery to give him our fullest support.
d) We agreed that when Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim successful in entering the Parliament, he will be proposed to be the Opposition Leader effective on 27 August 2008.
YBhg Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (President KeADILan)
YB Dato’ Husam Musa (Vice President PAS)
YB Lim Guan Eng (Secretary General DAP)