KUALA LUMPUR: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s former nemesis Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has urged people not to compare Dr Mahahir to former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe
Anwar said unlike Mugabe, Mahathir is ready to make the necessary changes for the sake of the country.
“Dr Mahathir is not Mugabe. Mugabe was firm. Dr Mahathir is prepared to make changes for the people.
“I think the Government has maligned him enough,” the jailed PKR leader told reporters after the hearing of the Government’s application to strike out his suit which alleges that his conviction for sodomy was obtained by fraud.
In his suit, Anwar said the Government knew that his accuser Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, 32, was an untruthful witness and had given false evidence during the trial.
He claimed that Saiful gave perjured evidence which to the knowledge of the Government was false.
Under Dr Mahathir’s leadership, in 1998, Anwar, the then deputy prime minister, was given the boot from the Cabinet, faced corruption and sodomy trials.
He was then convicted of both charges before having the sodomy verdict overturned in 2004, when Dr Mahathir’s successor, Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, was prime minister.
Currently, Anwar serving a five-year jail sentence for sodomising Saiful at Desa Damansara condominium in Bukit Damansara on June 26, 2008.
The government is seeking to strike out Anwar’s suit as it did not disclose reasonable cause of action, that he had named the wrong party and that the action was bordering sedition.