Anwar verdict will unite us, say Pakatan leaders

Anwar verdict will unite us, say Pakatan leaders
Malaysia's opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim speaks to the media ahead of the verdict in his final appeal against a conviction for sodomy in Kuala Lumpur

PETALING JAYA - The jailing of Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim for sodomy will help unite and strengthen the Pakatan Rakyat coalition, said DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.

He said the decision by the Federal Court yesterday made it a sad day for Malaysians and Pakatan would not let Anwar's imprisonment be in vain.


"We have to go on and the struggle for freedom, democracy and justice has to continue.

"We will wait for him to come out. We must at least make his imprisonment (something) meaningful," said Lim, who is Penang Chief Minister.

DAP national organising secretary Anthony Loke agreed, saying the aftermath would strike a chord among Pakatan leaders.

"It will unite us to work harder, put aside our differences and rally behind Anwar," said the Seremban MP.

Wanita PKR chief and Ampang MP Zuraida Kamaruddin said Pakatan had moved beyond Anwar and had another line of leaders.

"We can still fight on," she said.

Parti Sosialis Malaysia secretary-general S. Arutchelvan said the events distracted from the real issues faced by the people.

He said it kept everyone from addressing matters such as the increasing prices of essential goods, the devastation caused by the recent floods and the rise in dengue cases, among others.

"We stand in unity with Pakatan and Anwar's family on this," he said.

In a tweet, Shah Alam MP and member of PAS central committee Khalid Samad said Anwar was paying the price for his struggle.

"Only his family knows the pain of seeing him being oppressed," he said.

In a statement, PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang urged Anwar, his family and Pakatan leaders and supporters to remain patient and continue their struggle against Barisan Nasional.

He also took the opportunity to argue the relevance of syariah law, something that Kelantan PAS has been pushing for through hudud.

"Today is a black mark in our history and is a repeat of the tragedy that once befell Anwar.

"It also reminds us that only syariah law can dispense true justice and solutions to all the confusion and accusations we are seeing."

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