While confident of being acquitted of Sodomy II, opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said he is not afraid of going back to prison and has pledged not to flee the country.
On Feb 10, the Federal Court will deliver its verdict on his final appeal against the sodomy conviction.
The Permatang Pauh MP revealed that renowned Islamic scholar Sheikh Yusof Al Qardawi had asked him to stay outside Malaysia and a Turkish leader had offered him a post as adviser on religious affairs and asked him to stay in Turkey.
“My birthplace is here and this is my country. Whatever the outcome, I will continue with the struggle and am not afraid of going to prison as I had spent eight years there,” said Anwar at aRakyat Hakimi Negara (People will be the judge) ceramah at Sikamat, Seremban last night.
“I hope I am acquitted. I am confident that based on the law and the submissions made by my lawyers, I should be a free man. But my friends have cautioned me, who knows?,” he said to a crowd of 3000 people.
Anwar's stop in Sikamat was the first in his nationwide roadshow ahead of the approaching Federal Court verdict.
Also present at the ceramah were PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu (left), Seremban MP and DAP's organising secretary Anthony Loke, PKR vice-president, Tian Chua (right), PAS Negeri Sembilan chief Mohd Taufek Abdul Ghani and state PKR chief Aminuddin Harun.
Anwar, who is also the Permatang Pauh MP, will be in Kedah, Terengganu, Selangor and Perak following this.
The opposition leader did not talk much on his case but touched on other issues like the BN government administration and how he was prohibited to enter into his alumni Universiti Malaya, for a talk organised by the students late last year.
“I am a UM graduate but I was not allowed to deliver a speech despite an invitation by the students.
“In the end the former president of the student union who invited me, Fahmi Zainol, was suspended for two semesters,” said Anwar.
Anwar before ending his speech thanked his supporters for supporting the reformation movement for 16 years.
“Do not insult the people. Do not practice corruption. Like what Mat Sabu has said, this is the time to change (at the next general election),” he said, in ending his speech.