KUALA LUMPUR: Pakatan Rakyat MPs will be submitting a memorandum to the Government calling for the sodomy charge against their leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to be dropped.
DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang said Pakatan MPs were united with their Australian counterparts.
“The memorandum will ... call for the Prime Minister, Government and the Attorney-General to drop the charge against Anwar,” he told reporters at the Jalan Duta Court Complex Thursday.
Lim also called on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to convene an emergency Parliamentary meeting on the sodomy charge as the matter involved the country’s reputation.
“We need to be clear on Parliament’s position on the matter. The charge needs to be dropped,” said the Ipoh Timur MP.
PAS vice-president and Pokok Sena MP Mahfuz Omar claimed the case was an “evil conspiracy,” hence the need for the memorandum.
Batu MP and PKR strategic director Tian Chua said MPs had a universal responsibility in the democractic system to defend justice and human rights.
DAP chairman Karpal Singh said the memorandum would most likely be sent to the Attorney-General.
“The AG should drop the case. In my mind, the charge is groundless. The medical evidence is clear. Three doctors from the KL Hospital have reported that there is no conclusive findings of penetration,” he said.
About 50 Australian MPs from both sides of the political divide had recently lodged a formal protest urging Malaysia to drop the sodomy charge in the interest of building “confidence in the impartial rule of law in Malaysia.”
The chairman of the Australian Parliament’s foreign affairs sub-committee, Michael Danby, had delivered the letter to the Malaysian High Commission in Canberra last Friday.
On Wednesday, about 500 people protested outside the Australian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur against alleged interference by the Australian MPs.
Leading the protest was Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin, his deputy Datuk Razali Ibrahim, Barisan Nasional Backbenchers Club deputy chairman Datuk Bung Mokhtar Radin, Perkasa president and Pasir Mas MP Datuk Ibrahim Ali, Makkal Sakhthi’s R. Thanenthiran and MIC Youth chief T. Mohan.
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tunku : these irresponsible MPs are asking foreign government to poke their nose in our own matters.shame on you pakatan leaders.you people have no guts to fight the case in the court as you know the sodomizer is guilty as charged.if the charge is groundless, then put your case in the court, why call other country to pressure the government? for mahfuz, go and ask taib azamudin,sabu and hadi awang about anwar's activities.they know it all.even karpal has said "anwar perlu bertaubat".the matter is with the court, so let the court decides, we don't need kangaroos to tell us what to do.all i can say is that pakatan is so desperate that if they have to sell their mothers, they will do so.this is a case brought up by saiful and he wants justice.so let the court do its part.if anwar really innocent, he'll be freed.why worry? only guilty person worries.