SUNGAI BULOH, Aug 10, 2015:

The solidarity with Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has garnered international support as more than 40 academicians and international figures signed the petition to free the jailed former Opposition leader.

Lembah Pantai Member of Parliament Nurul Izzah Anwar expressed gratitude for the continuous support from family and friends.

“We are also thankful for the spirit of solidarity shown by world leaders, academicians and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) who come together to urge the Malaysian government to release Anwar as a political prisoner without any condition.

“We would like to express our appreciation to former world leaders including Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie, Abdullah Gul, Al Gore, Joseph Estrada, Gordon Brown, Rashid Ganouchi for signing the petition.”

The petition asking Anwar to be freed was one of the efforts by Pakatan Rakyat to obtain support from local and international leaders as well as NGOs.

Today marked Anwar’s 68th birthday and also 182 days behind bars.

Nurul Izzah added human rights organisations such as Amnesty International, Article 19, Suaram, Abim, Networks Of Democratic the Arab World and Center for Citizen were still monitoring her father’s situation.

She also wrote a note to Anwar in conjunction with the latter’s birthday.

“Happy 68th birthday, father and grandfather. We love you and are very proud of you. Thank you Mom & Dad for teaching us the definition of courage to uphold the truth and fight for justice. We pledge to continue this fight, so that one day Papa would get home safe, reunite with the family. Until then, we pray to Allah to bless Papa.”

The symbolic event saw some 50 people turning up outside Sungai Buloh Prison for a cake-cutting ceremony and signature collection.

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