Anwar’s arrest: A day of high drama

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Gobind Singh Deo in the video above says Anwar is in good spirits and hopes that he will be released by the end of the day. The news of Anwar’s arrest has flashed across the world. It is one of the main headlines on BBC: “Malaysia’s Anwar Ibrahim arrested“. The Lingam videotape scandal has been completely forgotten.

Earlier this afternoon, Anwar was arrested and taken into a police Mitsubishi Pajero where he was seen with his face covered with a cloth and flanked by two policemen in balaclavas, reports the NST.

He was brought to the city contingent police headquarters. The Malaysian Insider reports that, soon after his arrest this afternoon, more pandemonium erupted in Parliament when Azmin Ali challenged the government to reveal who issued the order for Anwar’s arrest.

“What is Syed Hamid Albar, the Home Minister’s, stand? Who gave the order? Is it the IGP,” he spat out.

“I request action be taken against the IGP. The cruelty that was taken will damn the country’s security system.

“We do not believe Anwar is in police hands,” he added, and reminded the chamber of the previous IGP Tan Sri Rahim Noor’s promise 10 years ago that Anwar would be kept safe and sound while in remand, only to pop up with a black eye after that.

Addressing the deputy speaker directly, Azmin urged him to take action.

“Don’t listen to the son-in-law, don’t listen to the IGP. Please use the powers at your service to address this issue,” he concluded, to loud table thumping from his fellow Pakatan Rakyat MPs.

Jerlun MP, Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir, then sprang up to rebut Azmin’s charges. However, his words only served to add more fuel to the highly-charged issue at hand.

“The question I want to know, as a representative of the people, the people of Jerlun: Did Datuk Seri Anwar commit sodomy or didn’t he?

“I believe Datuk Seri Anwar did. Certainly he did commit this ‘keji’ act,” he said, causing the entire Opposition flank to break into an uproar beyond the control of the deputy speaker.

Unbelievable stuff. What has become of Malaysia – when the entire political and public stage is reduced to debating – did he or didn’t he?

Video of Anwar after visit to the ACA this morning.

Meanwhile, Anwar’s office has issued the following statement:

This afternoon at 1:05 PM Anwar Ibrahim, former Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, was arrested outside of his home in Kuala Lumpur. He was due to issue a statement at IPK KL (Kuala Lumpur Police Contingent Headquarters) at 2:00 PM based on an agreement reached with the police on Tuesday.

Anwar Ibrahim was returning from the Anti Corruption Agency to his home after giving a statement pertaining to the police report that has been filed regarding suppression of material facts in the case involving him in 1998. He was accompanied by his senior legal team, staff, and security.

As he entered the neighborhood of his home, a contingent of ten police cars, half unmarked and half patrol, forced the two cars in Anwar Ibrahim’s entourage to stop. There was a contingent of 20 balaklava-clad masked commandos (UTK) who accosted him, reminiscent of the forces sent to arrest Anwar Ibrahim at his home in September 1998.

An officer approached Anwar Ibrahim and demanded that he accompany the police in an unmarked vehicle to the Kuala Lumpur Police Contingent Headquarters. His lawyers were not permitted to travel with him to the police station.

This arrest has taken place less than fifteen hours after Anwar Ibrahim appeared live on Malaysian television for the first time since 1998 and announced to millions of viewers his intention to stand for election, and upon the formation of a new government, to lower the domestic price of fuel by 50 sen. The overwhelming majority of Malaysians expressed their support of his televised statement.

These events are deeply disturbing to us and indicate that this entire episode is a repeat of the actions taken against Anwar Ibrahim in 1998. During the last few weeks the government owned mainstream media has demonized and vilified him. His staff has been harassed and we see a conspiracy being hatched to thwart the political change that is imminent in Malaysia.

Under no circumstances will the people of Malaysia and the international community tolerate any harm coming to Anwar Ibrahim. We remind Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi of the promise he made to ensure Anwar Ibrahim’s protection.

We have been able to communicate with Anwar Ibrahim, who calls upon his supporters and the people of Malaysia to remain calm and to reject any attempts at provocation, which will give a pretext for an emergency situation to be declared.

OFFICE OF ANWAR IBRAHIM

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Friar Tuck

Who said this (5 points for the right answer..)? “I did NOT have sex with THAT woman…” Did a lot of good for the cigar industry though…hmmm..

Abdul

Raja Petra to meet his old “friend” Bakri Zinin 7 years down the line. Read as to how they related by then.

http://www.freeanwar.net/jan2002/facnews020502.htm

Andrew

Anwar’s been released. RP’s turn now.

Anak Pulau Pinang

So the cops want DSAI’s DNA. To match with what ???? If DSAI had screwed S……, surely there will be no more semen left – as ex-MGS and Tubemouse had pointed out. Problem for cops??? Where got problem one??? Remember FSAI was forced to go for complete check -up in 1998??? Lots of DNA still in the refrigerator mah? Just dig out 1998 DNA samples, match with new lot taken from DSAI this time and Hey Presto, cops have beaten David Blaine and all top world class magicians, they have a perfect match and DSAI’s goose (as the Mat Salleh… Read more »

amoker

I hope it is not Syed Hamid who ordered it. he is already in the hot water for accusing even the Bar Council of being a party in the Monday’s invisible ‘demonstration’. Everyone that he mentioned as being a party denied it. Can Syed Hamid be picked up by police in baklavas for his testimony? kekek Anyway, prior to Saiful’s coup de grace, his Friendster’s photo is a photo of AAB. He also belong to the BN/UMNO faction of campus politics. A month before GE, he suddenly found great love for Anwar to be a volunteer. And the special 6.00… Read more »

Abdul

The police detained DSAI in the police cells because they (may) want to take his hair samples that may have fallen while he was asleep and say that they were found in the condo. Can someone warn DSAI of that NOW and also his lawyers about it? Do it now and now.

Phua Kai Lit

Dear Supporters of Genuine Democracy

The Chilean invention of banging pots and pans at a fixed time is a good one to show dissatisfaction with the authorities.

The people pick up their pots and pans in their own kitchens and own homes and bang as loudly as they can. People who are not at home can also go to eating shops and pick up utensils and bang them as loudly as possible. Other possibilities — blowing whistles, sounding car horns. But all at the same time for 15 to 30 minutes.

Concerned Citizen

Anwar now has spent an overnight at the hotel of IPK. Was that necessary? Syed Hamid said that the act of detaining Anwar was not politically motivated, was that true? I think most people particular the rakyat with sound minded will not believe in it.

The whole world is focusing on Anwar, if anything happens to him, the BN governm will get its already tarnished images even more tarnish. Hope that they don’t do anything bad to Anwar.

Samuel Goh Kim Eng

You have every reason to remain being strong
When you are neither guilty nor in the wrong
You can still go on to sing your own theme song
From coast to coast the whole day and night long

(C)Samuel Goh Kim Eng – 170708
http://MotivationInMotion.blogspot.com
Thu. 17th July 2008.

Andrew

Saiful. People should stop mixing Hokkein and English together… or maybe just this once.

don

as a doctor, there is no case here. sperm will be flushed out when one defecates and washes the part. it is just impossible to prove sodomy in this case, and no one has. in fact, there is no case against anwar, unless if some people want to fix him. in the case of what happened during WWII and in many tribal societies of today the easiest way to finish off the enemies is using sodomy as the weapon. hitler’s close aides did this and made the “victims” perish from sight. in some tribal communities, the easiest way to finish… Read more »

cinta Malaysia

I find the actions taken by the police in arresting Anwar not only despicable devoid of respect to a former Deputy Prime Minister but also outright against the grain of reasonablness!!Anwar who has contributed immeasurably to the growth of this nation should have been accorded the courtesy and respect after all he has publicly mentioned that he will cooperate fully with authorities in investigating the truthfulness of the allegations against him.To subject this man to such a horrendous treatment, the man who possibly can save this nation towards a prosperous Malaysia, is very very sad indeed.He is to many Malaysians… Read more »

Tubemoose

Lest I forget. A passive sex partner who does not bother with condoms is most definitely a slut of the worst kind.

ex-MGS

Tubemoose,
I’m just as curious as you are. Saiful must have had intentional constipation until he made the police report and subsequent medical check-up! Can anyone give a professional explanation as to whether 2 days after being sodomised, semen can still be found inside one’s rectum?

Kenny Gan

Why no comment from the PM? Is he sleeping as usual? This is the most spineless, do nothing, say nothing PM in Malaysian history. Is he even in charge? No leadership at all.

Tubemoose

If semen was found in Saiful’s rectum, it means that no condom was used. Does anyone of reasonable intelligence still practice high risk unprotected sex these days? And was Saiful actually walking around with semen still in his anal passage?

Dave

so s***ty!!!! Khairy should have his back**** check…

Sabah Deep Throat

WHHY THE HELL are my comments awaing moderation when the rest of NASTY comments, more nasty comments gets on immediately ???

Sabah Deep Throat

Well, the lawyer said we hope he will be out by this evening… MANA SUDAH? We cant tolerate this anymore… we must appeal to the united nation to stop Malaysia being rulled by dictators… I really dont care if Anwar goes to jail, BUT only when proven guilty, not until then, not with proofs from UMNO but from an independent body.. not from Malaysia Polis, not from ACA, not from MNalaysian correct correct Judges… POLICE STATE have been established in Malazutland…? why…? Why need for Balacavas and UTK when Anwar is on the way to the Police station? Wearing of… Read more »

gooeyglobs

Again and again, Badawi and his gang are abusing their power. FEAR is the word they have for Anwar. Fine, Anwar has no choice but to be in the hospital to provide his DNA. Think about it, will it be planted and that is how to get him for good?

Alot of smokescreens have been used to hookwink the public. I guess ISA should not be abolished as yet, but put those responsible who make Malaysia as it is today in Kamunting by the PR govt. The first to go is the AG then Khairy.

Satyagraha

Nationwide strike might be a viable option. What can they do to us if we choose to stay at home and read books, pray, spend time with family, rest, instead of going to work?

malaysia born

The last time he was in police custody, he came out with a black eye. This time he better not …

karma

truth will prevail… anwar and his supporters and the world will not forgive this cruel act of suppressing. anwar is an honest man who lives for the rakyat. the ruling party is scared of him. that’s all. but, PKR will form the next government very soon. just believe me. the rakyat are fed up with all this.

BK Lim

Very good idea. Let’s all support it. Let’s use civil disobedience until the stupid BN govt & damn police backs down. Let Malaysia go into “coma”.

Noor Aza Othman

Such travesty of justice! Women and girls increasingly get raped, burnt and murdered but yet the … police and this … Umno focused all their energy on such malicious and haven’t-been-proven as true accusation! Besides, such laws are outdated in this modern world and not in conjunction with the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) ; where gays (not about Anwar here) are criminalized! Further, the accuser gets such a VIP treatment and is even invited to that Najib’s mansion; sick! And yet, many victims of violence cannot even get justice from the police, particularly women and girls from… Read more »