By SALLEH SAID KERUAK
COMMENT: Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s statement that Anwar Ibrahim was unjustly convicted for sodomy, and that the decision of the court was influenced by the government, is both shocking and comical at the same time.
In essence, Mahathir is saying that Anwar was fixed up by a corrupt judiciary and that the judges are dishonest. That alone tantamount to contempt of court and saying so in a UK press interview is nothing short of trying to smear the image of the country.
The onus, therefore, is on Mahathir to prove what he alleges and prove he genuinely and sincerely believes that Anwar is a victim of a political conspiracy by apologising to Anwar for everything he has said about and done to Anwar since 1998. It is pointless to allege that Anwar was convicted for a crime he never committed and yet not make amends for it by at least saying sorry.
Failure to do the right thing by apologising for what Mahathir says was an injustice done to Anwar would prove what Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak said, which is Mahathir fears the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) that is investigating Bank Negara’s RM30 billion losses gambling on the forex market.
Mahathir’s main concern is that Anwar will testify against him and that the truth behind the RM30 billion losses would be revealed. This, therefore, is merely a move by Mahathir to appease Anwar and was not made sincerely.
- Salleh Said Keruak is minister of Communications and Multimedia blogs regularly at sskeruak.blogspot.com