Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak misled the people, and even United States President Barack Obama, by declaring yesterday that the Sodomy II case was “an action taken by an individual” and not the case of the government against Anwar Ibrahim, PKR said today.
PKR vice-president N Surendran (right) described Najib's statement at a press conference as shocking, dishonest and blatantly false, and Surendran went on to add that the case against the opposition leader in Parliament was not a private action by an individual.
“It is a criminal prosecution brought by the attorney-general against Anwar. The AG is the legal adviser to the government and acts on behalf of the government.
“It is also a notorious and indisputable fact that the AG is not independent of the government, and has been partial to government interests in instituting prosecutions,” Surendran said.
'A shameless attempt to hoodwink'
He also took Najib to task for claiming that the government was not involved in Anwar's case, calling Najib's claim a shameless attempt to hoodwink the international community.
In fact, Surendran added, Najib was directly involved in the case.
“It is undisputed that Najib, when he was deputy prime minister then, personally met with the complainant, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, at Najib's official residence, two days before the incident allegedly took place.
“If it is a case of a complaint by an individual and the government is not involved, why did the then DPM Najib meet the complainant before the so-called incident? No reasonable explanation has ever been given by Najib to explain this sinister meeting,” Surendran said.
He said Najib also had ignored the widespread concern and condemnation expressed by governments and organisations worldwide over Anwar's conviction, and treated it just as an ordinary court case.
Najib's statement yesterday was plainly ridiculous and a gross embarrassment to Malaysia in the face of the international media and a visiting US president.
Anwar was convicted of sodomising Saiful after the Court of Appeal last month overturned the Kuala Lumpur High Court decision to throw out the charge.