PRIME Minister Najib Razak’s visit to see Anwar Ibrahim in hospital indicates that the latter is a political prisoner, says opposition leader Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
Wan Azizah (PKR-Permatang Pauh) said the visit marked the first time in Malaysia’s history that a prime minister has visited a prisoner.
“So far, the prime minister, deputy prime minister and a cabinet minister have visited him.
“I feel this is an indicator that Anwar is a political prisoner, ” she said at the media room in Parliament today.
It was then followed by Tourism and Culture Minister Mohamed Nazri Aziz’s visit on Thursday.
Earlier today, N. Surendran’s (PKR-Padang Serai) motion to debate Anwar’s imprisonment and conviction in Parliament was rejected by Deputy Speaker Ronald Kiandee.
“I am disappointed that the motion was not allowed to be debated in Parliament,” said Wan Azizah.
“As Surendran had said, where else can we discuss it other than in Parliament?”
Surendran said the motion was brought following a statement by Asean parliamentary members, who called for Anwar’s immediate release as they believed his imprisonment went against international standards.
“Earlier today, I announced an immediate motion under Standing Order 18(1) for the issue regarding Anwar’s imprisonment and conviction to be discussed in the Dewan.
“Unfortunately, my motion was rejected by the speaker with an absurd excuse. The speaker said that the matter had been decided in court,” he said.
Surendran said only cases that were ongoing could not be discussed in Parliament.
“It is evident that it is another attempt to deny motions from the opposition that are politically sensitive to Barisan Nasional.
“I’m disappointed because we have tried to negotiate (discuss) Anwar’s trial, which was unfair, but we were denied each time.”