JOHOR BAHRU – Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s offer of support to former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad can be taken to mean that the former Opposition Leader admits to all the accusations that had been levelled against him, said UMNO Supreme Council member Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek.
“I think Anwar should thank Dr Mahathir for sacking him in 1998. It shows (that) it is proven that all the accusations that Dr Mahathir brought against him (Anwar) for whatever wrongdoing he (Anwar) did were right.
“By supporting Dr Mahathir, he admits to whatever allegations Dr Mahathir made in 1998,” he told reporters after visiting the animal feed factory, Charoen Pokhpand, in Tanjung Langsat, Pasir Gudang, here today.
Ahmad Shabery commented on the statement by Anwar expressing support for the stand taken by political parties and individuals including Dr Mahathir against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
Anwar, 69, was sacked on Sept 2, 1998, as the deputy prime minister and minister of finance as well as from all other posts held by virtue his having held the two posts. A day later, the UMNO Supreme Council sacked Anwar from the party.
Anwar was later charged for corruption and carnal intercourse against the order of nature.
He was found guilty and sentenced to six years jail by the High Court on April 14, 1999, on four counts of corruption for having interfered in police investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct on his part.
On Sept 2, 2004, the PKR de facto leader was freed after almost six years in prison when the Federal Court allowed his appeal against conviction for sodomy.
Anwar is currently serving a five-year jail sentence on another sodomy conviction. – BERNAMA