PETALING JAYA, Nov 13, 2015:
The statement by Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who is also the Deputy Prime Minister, that incarcerated former Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was not a political prisoner, was untrue according to PKR member Lee Chean Chung.
Lee said the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (UNWGAD) had already condemned Malaysia’s “arbitrary” detention of Anwar as illegal and declared that he should be freed.
“Taking into account all the circumstances of the case, the Working Group considers that the adequate remedy would be to release Anwar immediately, and ensure that his political rights that were removed based on his arbitrary detention be reinstated,” said UNWGAD in its findings which were read out by Lembah Pantai Member of Parliament Nurul Izzah at a Press conference at the Parliament lobby earlier this month.
Lee said Ahmad Zahid, in his roles as Deputy Minister and Home Minister, should take the condemnation by the UN group seriously and release Anwar immediately.
Ahmad Zahid had recently said that the sentence imposed on Anwar was not due to a political offence and the latter was not a political detainee.
Lee, who is also Semambu assemblyman, added that Anwar should not be denied treatment by foreign medical specialists.
“We may have the local experts in Malaysia but it does not mean that Anwar is receiving the best treatment possible.
“Only a transparent medical report can provide accurate information to the public on the real situation,” he said at a Press conference here today.
Anwar, reportedly suffering from a chronic shoulder injury, is warded at the Sungai Buloh Prison and given medical treatment in prison as well as specialist treatment in Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL) and University Malaya Medical Centre.
Lee noted that the government should fulfil its promise as soon as possible, following Ahmad Zahid’s recent statement during a visit to the United Kingdom that it would allow foreign medical specialists to be brought in to treat Anwar in Malaysia.
On Feb 10, Anwar was sentenced to five years in jail after being found guilty of sodomising his former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan.
Ever since the sentence was passed, his second daughter Nurul Nuha Anwar has been leading the March to Freedom campaign to free the former Deputy Prime Minister.