Anwar gets pardon from Malay king

13 May, 2018, 09:44 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • Nurul Izzah Anwar speaks to a reporter at the Hospital Rehabilitasi Cheras today

It was a remarkable comeback for Mahathir, who was premier for 22 years until his retirement in 2003 and is now the world's oldest leader at 92.

A full pardon is however required for him to re-enter politics because, as it stands, he is disqualified from being an MP for five years following his release.

When asked if Anwar would be getting a full pardon, she answered "Yes".

He didn't say how long the process will take and whether Anwar could be freed before his sentence ends on June 8.

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Anwar was released from jail in 2004 and became a powerful figure in the opposition, running against Najib in the 2013 election.

There is little doubt that royalty has readily concurred with his plan of action, one that reaffirms the truism that there are no permanent enemies in politics ~ "The king has indicated he is willing to pardon Anwar immediately", said Mahathir.

Anwar is now in Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital in Kuala Lumpur, where he is recovering after surgery, according to Malaysian local media. The new prime minister has pledged to give his job to Anwar, who he sacked as his deputy two decades ago.

Speaking at a news conference, Mahathir also said he would announce a 10-member cabinet on Saturday, including ministers for finance, defence and home affairs.

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"Mahathir has proven his tenacity, accepted past limitations, apologised and sacrificed his time and energy to raise the dignity of the people and the country", Anwar said. Dr Mahathir said initial policies would focus on fulfilling promises made in the alliance's manifesto, including the abolition of a goods and services tax (GST).

Mahathir has vowed to return billions of dollars lost in a corruption scandal at state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

"He, in fact, has hidden evidence of wrongdoing, and that is wrong in law. We have to do what is permitted by the laws of this country", Dr Mahathir said. But he was also credited for transforming his South-east Asian country from a sleepy backwater into a modern industrialised nation.

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