Anwar Ibrahim was allowed to pay his respects to his late father Datuk Ibrahim Abd Rahman at the latters’ home in Kajang. Anwar arrived in a prison car, a black Toyota Fortuner, just after Mahathir had left the house.
Earlier Mahathir and Siti Hasmah arrived to pay their respects.
Datuk Ibrahim, 97, passed away at 1.45am. He had been bed-ridden for years.
Wearing a cheap white track suit, Anwar looked noticeably thinner.
An eyewitness noted a heavy security presence in the home in Country Heights. Prisons Department security personnel wearing purple berets, bullet proof vests and camouflage uniforms and armed with semi-automatic rifles made their presence felt.
“Many of those who attended the funeral saw Anwar as a victim. They met Anwar and shook hands, and through their body language, I knew they sympathised with him, especially (those from) Umno,” said the eye-witness. “Umno knows their slim 48 per cent support wil reduce come the 14th general election.”
“The spirit of Pakatan seemed to be rejuvenated when the DAP, PKR and Pas sat together.”
The PKR top brass, including Azmin Ali, turned up. Pas’ Mat Sabu and Husam Musa also dropped by.
Among the BN politicians or former Anwar allies present were Zahid Hamidi, Muhammad Muhammad Taib, Koh Tsu Koon and Shahrizat.