Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Opposition leaders dismayed by Anwar’s guilty verdict

Posted on February 11, 2015, Wednesday

KUCHING: State Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) vice chairman See Chee How appeals to all Malaysians to rise and look beyond the political storm following the Federal Court’s decision to uphold the five years’ jail for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (DSAI) yesterday

See, who was at the Palace of Justice in Putrajaya yesterday called on everyone to maintain and strengthen their faiths, including the faith to the people’s struggle for justice, good governance and for a better future for Malaysia.

“DSAI is a victim of persecution. The Malaysian masses who are the judges have acquitted him of the ridiculous charge. The international communities have quickly declared DSAI a prisoner of conscience,” he said in a statement yesterday.

See said the country’s apex court verdict yesterday only fueled the political storm brewing in the nation.

“We share the grief of Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and family and we stand with them and call on all to renew and intensify our resolve to continue the political cause which DSAI represents.

“We must and will look beyond this storm to ensure that DSAI is not suffering the physical imprisonment in vain.”

See, who leads the state PKR election committee, disclosed that at the party’s central leadership council, Anwar had pointed to the Sarawak state election as one of the most immediate and important battles to rally all Malaysians to continue the people’s struggle for justice, good governance and a better Malaysia for all.

State PKR chairman Baru Bian said Feb 10, 2015 would go down in history as a dark day for the nation’s judiciary.

“Today, we mourn and grieve – but we must not wallow. Malaysians must pick themselves up and resolve to not allow this country to be destroyed by a government led by people whose only interest is to stay in power, even when they are not wanted anymore by the majority of her citizens.”

Baru, who is Ba Kelalan assemblyman, said: “The appeal process is exhausted and Anwar Ibrahim has no further legal recourse. That does not mean there is nothing we can do. Malaysians must respond through the ballot box.

“BN may think that with the jailing of Anwar Ibrahim, the voices that call for change will be crushed. They could not be more wrong. We stand behind Anwar Ibrahim and his family as they once again face the heartbreak of separation and incarceration. Their sacrifices will not be forgotten.”

Meanwhile, state DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen said he was totally disappointed with the Federal Court’s verdict on Anwar’s conviction.

“If even a person of Anwar’s standing, when oppressed by the executive, can’t find justice in the system, what will become of an ordinary person when he is oppressed by the rich and powerful?”

In describing yesterday as a dark day for justice and democracy in Malaysia, Chong, who is Bandar Kuching MP, said all Malaysians of fair mind and sense of justice must remember this day.

“Let us all channel this anger and disappointment into a stronger desire for change,” he said.

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