KAJANG, March 2, 2015:
Lembah Pantai Member of Parliament Nurul Izzah Anwar is “hopeful” about the royal pardon for her father, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who is serving a five-year sentence for sodomy.
She told The Rakyat Post she hoped the Yang di-Pertuan Agong would exercise his power and decide accordingly to “right the wrong, especially in the miscarriage of justice that has taken place”.
“At the minimum, based on the cases of Harun Idris, Mokhtar Hashim, Lim Kit Siang and Lim Guan Eng, who all requested for the pardon, it would take between four to seven months.
“In Anwar’s case, we are still hopeful,” Nurul Izzah, who is also PKR vice-president, said after a fund-raising event here last night.
PKR vice-president Tian Chua refrained from speculating on the outcome of the royal pardon, saying going by procedure, the king would first officially acknowledge having received the application for a royal pardon.
“He has to make an announcement. So we are waiting for that.”
On whether the current campaigns by PKR would stop if the outcome was negative, he said the marches were about injustice.
“As long as BN (Barisan Nasional) exists, people will exercise their right to assemble.”
The move to seek a royal pardon was the initiative of Anwar’s family, done last week.
The petition sent to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, according to his family, was based on principles of justice and what they claimed as attempts to slander Anwar.
Anwar, who is PKR de facto leader, is currently serving his sentence after the Federal Court found him guilty of sodomising his former aide, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan.