PETALING JAYA, Malaysia - Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin has reiterated that the sodomy case against Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has nothing to do with the Government.
He denied allegations that the charge was politically motivated, and added in a statement:
"This is not about Malaysia. This is about Anwar. This is about an individual and what he allegedly did. No one forced him to do it. The Government certainly did not force him to do it. So go for your appeal, but don't drag the country with you.
"Why are we judging the Government's credibility?"
Khairy, who is also the Rembau MP, said there were many unfair accusations against the judiciary, especially when court decisions do not favour the Opposition.
"To Anwar, the court is truly free and fair when the decision is in his favour. You cannot only accept the decisions that go your way. You cannot have double standards in how you accept decisions from our courts. It goes both ways, Anwar."
He said it was illogical to describe the country's judicial system as biased as Anwar had filed numerous defamation suits, including against him.
"He has won so many cases. These he could accept as proving the independence of the judiciary," he added.
Khairy said the judiciary had allowed Anwar so much leeway and many opportunities to exercise his legal rights in the case which had dragged since Aug 7, 2008.
"This is not an express case and has taken so many years. It has been postponed 67 times, mostly at the request of Anwar's legal team," he said.
He also urged the public to accept the court's decision whatever it may be.
"This is not a national problem. This is an individual problem.
"Whatever the verdict, we need to move on. There are so many things that need to be done to develop the country," Khairy said.