Anwar scheduled to make first public appearance tomorrow

  • May 15, 2018
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A poster is circulating on social media calling on the people to gather at Padang Timur in Petaling Jaya tomorrow evening to celebrate the release of Anwar Ibrahim.

Anwar, who is expected to be granted a royal pardon tomorrow, is scheduled to make an appearance at 10pm. He would then address the audience at 10.45pm.

“Come in droves to celebrate Anwar's release with the clarion call of Reformasi,” stated the poster, who urged the people to dress in light blue attire, which is the official colour of PKR.

The top leaders of Pakatan Harapan are also expected to be present at the event. However, it is unclear if Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad would be among them.

On Feb 10, 2015, the Federal Court upheld the Court of Appeal's decision to acquit Anwar of a sodomy charge.

The apex court also upheld his five-year prison sentence.

Anwar has maintained that the charge, similar to the one against him in 1999 when Dr Mahathir Mohamad was prime minister, was fabricated.

Prior to Pakatan Harapan winning the 14th general election, Mahathir had repeatedly stressed that a royal pardon would be secured for his former nemesis.

The pardon would allow Anwar to return to active politics with immediate effect.

Mahathir has also promised to hand over the leadership reins to Anwar in the next two or three years.

After several delays and conflicting statements which raised questions and ignited speculation, it was announced that the Pardons Board would meet tomorrow to decide on Anwar's status.

The former opposition leader is now at the Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital in Kuala Lumpur where he is recovering from a shoulder operation.