PUTRAJAYA, Oct 28, 2014:

The recent events where Pakatan Rakyat (PR) supporters had chosen to break the law in the fight to uphold it, was a sign that the country was now in a state of contempt.

Coordinator for the Anwar Justice’s Group, Yusmadi Yusoff, said that when people were contemptuous about the country’s practices and policies, they would fight against it in the name of justice.

Years back, he pointed out, individuals like former South African president Nelson Mandela and prominent Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi were considered enemies of their state, before they were regarded as heroes all over the world.

Yusmadi added that the country’s leaders must take the nation out of the state of contempt by appreciating “merits, giving a fair play, protecting human rights and allowing people their right to a fair trial.

“That is the day that the country will be at a higher level,” he told The Rakyat Post.

In regards to today’s big event where opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s Sodomy 2 appeal is being heard in the Palace of Justice here, Yusmadi said he had a strong feeling that the former Deputy Prime Minister will be acquitted.

This, despite Yusmadi’s doubts that Anwar would be given a fair trial.

“This is not very much about whatever regime that would like to put him in prison. History has repeatedly shown that truth will prevail.”

He called on the country’s top leaders to realise that justice was fundamental for the development of any country.

The country’s development, Yusmadi said, was no longer seen simply from its economic growth, but also from how social justice was implemented.

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