KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 2 – Utusan Malaysia today questioned the conspicuous absence of DAP and PAS at opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s appeal against his sodomy conviction. The Umno mouthpiece reported that the absence of the two Pakatan Rakyat partners lent credence to the theory that Anwar has become a liability.
Awang Selamat, the pseudonym for the paper’s collective editorial voice, also pointed out that the crowd’s support at the Palace of Justice in Putrajaya was also dwindling. “As the trial drags on, the attendance figures outside the Palace of Justice is also decreasing with every passing day,” Awang wrote. “This should send a clear message to Anwar that the rakyat, including the youth, are no longer enthusiastic about supporting him.
“Members of the public are more fascinated with following the Malaysia Cup than they are about Anwar’s questionable moral and personal ethics.” Awang also noted PAS’s apparent reluctance in being associated with bodies representing lesbians, bisexuals, gays and transvestites. “DAP appears to be completely uninterested in supporting Anwar as well,” Awang wrote in today’s Utusan Malaysia. “What does it mean for Anwar if less than 100 supporters turn up to support him? Where are the PKR supporters and members who have steadfastly stood by him?”
Awang said Anwar had harboured a secret ambition that tens of thousands of Malaysians would flood Putrajaya to support him. “Anwar envisioned a similar scenario to the current pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, but alas, it was not to be,” Awang wrote. Anwar’s appeal against his sodomy conviction began last week in the Federal Court in Putrajaya amid tight security by the police. It is expected to resume tomorrow morning as the prosecution continues with its submissions.