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Dr Mahathir, Anwar Issue Joint Statement Against NSC Act

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KUALA LUMPUR: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim have jointly issued a statement over their stand to oppose the National Security Council (NSC) Act, saying that it was aimed at protecting the rights and freedom of the people.

The two said the Act had set aside the power and role of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and Conference of Rulers in relation to the issue of security and freedom of the people.

They said the Act had threatened the democracy system in the country.

Among others, they said the Act had denied the rights of those who were killed to determine their cause of death.

“There is a bigger possibility that it could cause wrongdoing,” the duo said in the joint statement distributed to the media by former Batu Kawan Umno division deputy head Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan here on Monday.

Khairuddin also read out the statement to the media after attending Anwar’s defamation case against Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin at the court complex here.

When asked by the media later, Anwar confirmed the statement.

“It is an initiative. It is good enough. Tun Dr Mahathir is experienced,” said Anwar.

When asked if he had forgiven Dr Mahathir for his past actions, he said: “I have forgiven a lot of people.”

To a question that his daughter Nurul Nuha had demanded from Dr Mahathir to publicly apologise to him and admit his past transgressions, he said: “This came too sudden. I have no opportunity to speak to my children. I have explained to my children. We have suffered immensely,” he added.

Anwar, however, said his concern was the current situation.

“People in the present should stop this harassment and injustice,” he claimed, adding that he was appreciative and thankful to Dr Mahathir for his support in opposing the Act.

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