Anwar is free on 20000 dollar bail, according to Malaysiakini’s breaking news…
“Anwar is represented by a seven-member legal team headed by Sulaiman Abdullah. The other defence lawyers are R Sivarasa, Sankara Nair, Saiful Izham Ramli, Amer Hamzah, Edmund Bon and Leela J Jesuthasan.
There are also other lawyers who are holding watching brief for Bar Council and Washington-based Human Rights Watch, Paris-based International for Human Rights and Bangkok-based Forum Asia. “
Once again, the international spotlight is on Malaysia’s Judicial system. For the sake of the country’s name , the trial must not only be fair but must seen to be fair…..And the accused person must be given the benefit of being innocent until proven guilty..
Anwar would be able to lead the Permatag Pauh battle personally. I have mentioned in my comments earlier on, this by election actually goes higher than any person, and is no longer about Anwar.
Anwar, whether you like him or not, is the key for the 2 party system that is taking shape after the March 8 General Election. Even those who voted BN in the last Election would agree that a 2 party system is definitely better than before, when one single party holds absolute power and dictate everythig, resulting in the abuses, corruption and arrogance of unseen dimension. And no one could deny that Anwar is the key to a 2 party system which could gradually give rise to better check and balance.
So this battle is about whether the 2 party system will survive or not. This battle is about whether Malaysia will go back to its old way of politics of patronage and money, or to a system with better check and balance , transparency and accountability.
( Just a diversion, normally I would not be free to write in the morning because I would be so busy.. but thanks to the road blocks today, my sick patients are also caught in a massive jam, and so I am relatively free this morning…. What the road block did is to make it inconvenient for people going to town centre and nothing else, but imagine how much petrol and time are wasted by tens of thousands of commuters? How many businesses are affected? )