Allow Anwar to attend Parliament meeting, says Pakatan

Allow Anwar to attend Parliament meeting, says Pakatan

PETALING JAYA - Pakatan Rakyat wants Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to be granted permission to attend the next meeting of Parliament which begins on March 9.

It wants the Government to facilitate this by ferrying the jailed Opposition Leader from the Sungai Buloh prison to Parliament during the relevant period.

"Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi must instruct the Prisons Department accordingly," said PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar, who added that the role of Opposition Leader was a legally and constitutionally recognised position.

"The Federal Opposition Leader must be at his post, the rakyat expects it," Nurul Izzah, who is Anwar's daughter, said.

PKR vice-president N. Surendran said Anwar's lawyers had sent a letter to both Dr Ahmad Zahid and the Parliamentary Speaker.

"The only person with the authority to instruct the Prisons Department accordingly is Dr Ahmad Zahid, and not the Attorney-General as he mistakenly claimed previously," said Surendran at a press conference here yesterday.

Anwar, who is the Permatang Pauh MP, was found guilty of having carnal intercourse with his aide Saiful Azlan Bukhari in 2008 and is serving a five-year jail term.

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