Refusal to swear in court raises questions

(NST) – Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Dr Mashitah Ibrahim yesterday urged opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s family to step forward and explain the reason behind his refusal to swear under oath in mosque and court.

Dr Mashitah said Anwar’s wife Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and daughter Nurul Izzah should provide an explanation on behalf of Anwar.

This is because his refusal had received wide public interest.

“If he (Anwar) is not guilty, he should swear under oath like what Saiful (Bukhari Azlan) had done, who had sworn under oath that Anwar had sodomised him.

“The family should not defend him blindly, but instead should let the public know the reason behind it.”