Dr M: We’ll start process of freeing Anwar within a week of forming government

 |Jul 14, 2017
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad says this will follow the legal process with the application of a royal pardon for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim who has been jailed for sodomy. – MO file pic by Azrol Ali.

PETALING JAYA: Pakatan Harapan has committed to the process of freeing Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim from jail within a week of forming the next government.

According to The Star Online, its newly announced chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said this would follow the legal process with the application of a royal pardon for Anwar who has been jailed for sodomy.

“We will wait for the law to take its course, not immediately because the prime minister who takes over will have a lot to do,” he said at a press conference early this morning after a Pakatan Harapan presidential council meeting at the PKR headquarters.

The former prime minister was asked if his former deputy would become prime minister if Pakatan Harapan wins the next general election, which haas to be held by next year.

Anwar, 69, who was jailed five years for sodomising Mohd Saiful Bukhari, 30, at Desa Damansara condominium in Bukit Damansara on June 26, 2008, is currently serving the sentence at the Sungai Buloh prison.

According to the news portal, asked who would be the coalition’s choice for the post of prime minister, Dr Mahathir said it would be announced soon.

“The seventh (PM) we will announce but today we are announcing the eighth (PM),” he said, suggesting that Anwar was the choice as the eighth prime minister of the country.

Dr Mahathir said among the coalition’s goals were to topple the administration of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, free all political prisoners and drop all politically-motivated charges in court, the reform of laws and institutions, and placing a two-term limit to the prime minister’s post.

Among its goals, the coalition also vowed to do away with the goods and services tax (GST), stabilise the price of petrol and form a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on 1MDB within 100 days of forming the next government.

Pakatan Harapan which comprises PKR, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, Amanah and DAP also unveiled its logo at the press conference. – MO