If Anwar is innocent, accept it, says Dr M


(The Malaysian Insider) – Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today that the people should accept whatever verdict was delivered by the Federal Court on Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s Sodomy II case tomorrow.

The former prime minister, who sacked Anwar in 1998 as the deputy prime minister and finance minister, said that in a country that upholds the law, any court decision should be accepted and respected.

“People must accept. The country is after all governed by the law,” said Dr Mahathir at a function in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Bangi, Selangor today.

“If the court believes he is not guilty, we have to accept it.”

Dr Mahathir said it was important that the country’s judicial system was not undermined by the people.

“Let no one say later that, when it comes to a man in position, nothing is being done,” he said.