An open letter to Anwar Ibrahim


Not so much a hero but a failed martyr

By Iskandar Mohamad, Free Malaysia Today

Dear Anwar,

For how long can one hope to ride on the glory of days gone by?

For how long did you hope that the voice of the rakyat would be sufficient to pressure the judiciary into releasing you?

Justice does not work that way.

The courts have given you sufficient opportunities to lead evidence, make statements and raise other issues.

You should stop protesting your innocence, since in reality your silence projects an admission of guilt.

This was not, as you claim, a ‘foul charge’. Neither was it a ‘complete fabrication”. Nor a “political conspiracy’ designed to end your political career. You ended your career all by yourself.

Let’s face it. The rakyat has long known the sham that is Anwar.

The record shows that your defence had requested a postponement of your case more than 70 times.

When the Prosecution’s appeal against your acquittal came up before the Court of Appeal, the appeal was postponed more than five times because of several applications which you filed.

Despite this, today, you still have the cheek to accuse the judges of not having given any ‘proper consideration to the case’.

Despite your claim to the contrary, the release of a full written statement by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) within minutes of the Court’s decision is nothing unusual and does not allude to any type of conspiracy against you. Any diligent journalist, anticipating that a decision of this magnitude may go either way, would be prepared with alternative ways to report it. Surely, the PMO is capable of doing the same.

Please do not moralize about integrity. You, Anwar Ibrahim, are no paragon of virtue.

The truth is this, Anwar Ibrahim. You failed to defend yourself because: