EFFORTS by PKR to rally its members in support of jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim during the “Free Anwar Campaign” at the Jalan Duta High Court yesterday has garnered lukewarm response.
Umno-owned Utusan Malaysia said in a commentary that only 50 people turned up at the courts, despite the party targeting thousands of supporters from their branches around Klang Valley.
Using the pseudonym Awang Selamat, the paper’s op-ed team said that it was a clear message that the campaign was rejected by the people and no longer had the support of PKR members.
“It was obvious that the Anwar brand as a political leader has been severely affected because of difference of opinions and his incestuous relationship with DAP. The era of Anwar is gone.”
Awang said this is further compounded by PAS, which supported Anwar, cutting ties with PKR and DAP.
Awang said the new development is another bad omen for Anwar and PKR and the reality has changed.
Anwar is currently serving a five-year jail term for sodomy, a sentence which he and the opposition claim is based on trumped-up charges by Prime Minister Najib Razak’s administration.
His jail term disqualifies him from running for elected office for five years unless he gets a royal pardon.