They are going to convict Anwar – that is certain!

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What wasn’t expected surprisingly happened. The High Court acquitted and discharged Anwar. That decision took everyone by surprise and they hoped that it would be the end of this sordid affair.

Photograph: themalaysianinsider.com

What the vast majority of Malaysians had hoped for following Anwar’s discharge did not happen. The Prosecution shocked everyone and appealed the High Court decision.

What will happen following this appeal is predictable. We have said as much in our previous statement on 23 December 2009. This is what we said:

Aliran has been keeping track of recent Court decisions and with this knowledge we must warn the jubilant litigants not to get carried away easily. This is Round 1 and Round 1 usually goes in favour of truth and justice. It is here where the facts are scrutinised diligently and justice has its sway. It is as far as justice can go!

In Round 2, this decision will almost certainly be overturned, as has been the case on many occasions. It is here where facts don’t matter but technicalities will be the overriding factor and justice will be forced to take a back seat.

This glaring outcome is inevitable in our system of justice. We have witnessed this without fail in Anwar’s cases, in the Perak Pakatan government’s tussle for democracy, in the Kampung Buah Pala residents’ plea for justice and in the MACC case involving Tan Boon Wah’s human rights.

Based on the track record of the Judiciary, it is not difficult to predict the outcome of Round 2. Anwar’s freedom must be curtailed and his fundamental rights must be denied to ensure the very survival of the Barisan Nasional.

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The only person who can wreak havoc and destroy the entrenched power of the Barisan Nasional through Pakatan Rakyat is Anwar and therefore he must be put away. And to give this political plot a semblance of legality, knowing Malaysians argue, the Judiciary has to play the subservient role it has been accustomed to since 1988.

It is a great tragedy that the Judiciary – except for some rare occasions when a few brave and honest Judges stood firm on the side of truth and justice – had been such a terrible disappointment. It is so tainted and tarnished that it no longer commands the respect of Malaysians. By its very questionable conduct, it has brought upon itself the loss of public confidence and earned itself the disrepute that it deserves.

What is the game plan? Well, the Anwar hearing will come very near to the election in order to tie him down with his case. He has to be convicted just before the election so that he would be disqualified to contest the poll.

Alternatively, the case can drag on until the election. Or the judgment could be delayed until the election. Whatever course the case takes, the intention remains the same. Don’t give Anwar the breathing space to campaign.

All these underhanded tactics can only be prevented when there is a change of government. The only way to redeem the Judiciary is to bring about a government that will respect the separation of powers.

P Ramakrishnan
Executive Committee member
22 January 2012

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AgreeToDisagree
15 Feb 2012 1.05am

This is what happens when you neglect to include the ‘informal intelligensia’ in your ranks and seek to sacrifice them instead. Dare to steal efforst and not give credit? Well

We’ll have those efforts back as is our right, and Pakatan can be back at square 1 as if yours truly did not throw any weight behind the oligarch, nepotistic INGRATES.

No word on ending APARTHEID? Want to toy with Hudud? So whats different between Pakatan and BN? Nada. Voters, take up on 3rd force instead . . .
malaysiandemocracy.wordpress.com/2012/02/13/3129/

Kira
Kira
10 Feb 2012 6.53am

Wow! is Aliran a paranoid publication or is there a disclaimer about articles expressing the views of authors not Aliran.

charlie chan
23 Jan 2012 1.53pm

i read that there is no appeal in the RAZAK BAGINDA CASE, strange- is this true??can change happen in 2012? can malaysians have a better future>> the weather here is changing- hot ndry n wet again< from winter to summer- lets

Teo Chuen Tick
23 Jan 2012 5.48am

Is Anwar the only one who can bring an end to the UMNOputras misrule of Malaysia?
From the way they are persecuting him, it looks like it!!
Anwar must make full use of that window of opportunity afforded by his surprissing acquittal at the High Court to ensure PR takes the keys to Putrajaya come GE13!!
Or else, Anwar will be looking at the sad and gloomy political environment from behind prison bars!!

charlie chan
22 Jan 2012 4.59pm

it iscommon knowledge that DSAI will be roasted like a chicken- the question is the timing only, after GE 13 – DSAI will be in jail

mmc
mmc
22 Jan 2012 12.19pm

what will aliran do beyond writing piece after piece in condemning BN?
where were u during Bersih 2?
if Bersih 3 takes off, will you guys be at the sidelines again?

Aliran
Aliran
22 Jan 2012 1.16pm
Reply to  mmc

Aliran is part of the Bersih steering committee.

Isma
23 Jan 2012 8.19am
Reply to  mmc

MMC, please re-read the article. Its not about condemning BN. Its about the efforts of very interested parties (who appear) able to use the Judiciary to finish off Anwar and who are will to go beyond justice to do so. Now you are confirming these interested parties are BN. You seem to be defending BN by condemning Aliran’s so called lack of actions beyond writing articles. I think you are purposely pretending not to understand the article and trying to put a spin on it to suit your personal agenda.

Thana
Thana
22 Jan 2012 11.42am

Anwar should have announced that he would be furthuring his studies at Oxford or Cambridge.AG’s Chamber didn’t appeal against Razak Baginda’s acquital because he helped to put Malaysia on the world map by attending Oxford.Bolehland is a beautiful land, where else can you hear a PM telling the citizens “you help me,I help you…let’s make a deal…”