Wednesday, February 14, 2018



10 February 2018 marks three years that Anwar Ibrahim has spent in jail for the second time. Throughout the country, KEADILAN is simultaneously launching the Bebas Anwar Countdown this evening to commence mark the remaining days for which Anwar Ibrahim will be deprived of his freedom by an unjust system and institutions that are tainted by unprincipled individuals.

As declared by the United Nations, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, Anwar Ibrahim is a prisoner of conscience. His imprisonment was purely for the political purposes of the desperate and shameless UMNO/BN government. Rather than taking up offers of asylum in foreign countries, Anwar Ibrahim was prepared to sacrifice 5 years of his life to stand by his principles and for democracy.

The term in prison has not only robbed his family of the presence of a husband, father and grandfather, but it has also cost Anwar Ibrahim much in terms of his health. Yet through it all, he has remained calm and positive, and not allowed himself to become bitter and unforgiving. Exhibiting the traits of a true leader, he has welcomed his former adversaries from UMNO into the opposition coalition to forge a stronger force against corruption and kleptocracy in Malaysia.

We look forward to the day of Anwar Ibrahim’s release, and call upon all Malaysians to support Pakatan Harapan in GE14 so that injustices done to prisoners of conscience such as Anwar will never be repeated in this country. We must make all effort to bring forth a new chapter in Malaysian history and start the rebuilding process so that our country may one day be a beacon of truth and justice that we can be proud to call our home again.

Baru Bian
Chairman, KEADILAN Sarawak

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