DAP calls for an emergency Parliament to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry into allegations of sexual misconduct, murder and treason against Anwar Ibrahim and the former Deputy Prime Ministerís equally serious allegations that the instruments of government  had been manipulated in a political conspiracy to topple him


Media Conference Statement
by Lim Kit Siang  

(Petaling Jaya, Friday): DAP calls for an emergency Parliament to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry into allegations of sexual misconduct, murder and treason against Anwar Ibrahim and the former Deputy Prime Ministerís equally serious allegations that the instruments of government  had been manipulated in a political conspiracy to topple him.

This should be the second items of business for an emergency meeting of Parliament which should be convened next week to address the  full-blown political crisis erupted two days ago - close on the heel of the worst economic crisis in the nationís history which is still without light at the end of the tunnel. The first item of business for an emergency Parliament should be  a motion of confidence in the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.

The Royal Commission of Inquiry should be constituted by independent and eminent Malaysians respected and  accepted by all Malaysians because of their undoubted  integrity and impartiality, and the composition  of the Royal Commission of Inquiry should be agreed to by the Government and the Parliamentary Opposition so that there is no shadow of doubt about its standing and status, whether nationally or internationally.

Although Anwar had been sacked as Deputy Prime Minister on Wednesday, Mahathir had not given any reasons to Malaysians to justify the unprecedented dismissal of his heir-apparent.

Early this morning, when asked by the press after his announcement that Anwar, who was UMNO Deputy President had been sacked rom UMNO, Mahathir said: "We donít have to give any reasons.  This is our duty to protect the party, and has nothing to do with the government".

When asked about his decision to sack Anwar as Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister, Mahathir merely said: "Anwar is not suitable".

Such meagre explanation is clearly  inadequate and unacceptable and Malaysians are entitled to full, satisfactory and convincing reasons for the political earthquake in the last two days.

The sacking of a Deputy Prime Minister who had been publicly anointed by Mahathir as his heir-apparent, especially at a time of the nationís worst economic crisis,  is not a private matter between him and Anwar, but a matter of grave public import for which the people are entitled to the fullest accountability and transparency for the actions.

If Anwar is guilty of serious crimes, he should be given a full, fair and independent hearing in an open trial and not denied the fundamental principle of justice, that a person is innocent until proven guilty.

What is most shocking is the trial by the media to condemn Anwar for various heinous crimes even before he is arrested and brought to court.

Malaysians must be shocked by the full  mass media blow-up, both electronic and printed, of allegations of various court affidavits detailing sexual allegations against Anwar in a case involving another person, Datuk Nallakaruppan Solaimalai, because this is not only unprecedented but most unfair.

For instance,  CID Assistant Director SAC II Musa Hassan, in his affidavit affirmed in Kuala Lumpur on 2nd September 1998 at 4 p.m. (shortly after Mahathir had delivered his ultimatum to Anwar to resign as Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister  or face the sack and even the possibility of being charged in court), made the following allegations:
 

The Attorney-General, Tan Sri Mohtar Abdullah, in his affidavit affirmed on that fateful day of 2nd September 2, 1998 at 6 p.m., said the following:
 

As the Attorney-General said in his affidavit, a prima facie case that Anwar could be arrested and charged in court, whether under the Internal Security Act, Official Secrets Act, the Penal Code, the Women and Girls Protection Act and the Anti-Corruption Act has still to be established as police investigations are still ongoing - but the full mass media publicity of affidavits of the Attorney-General and the Police have already condemned Anwar as guilty although Anwar is not a party to the matter before the Kuala Lumpur High Court yesterday.

This is the first time that such an unprecedented thing has been done and is it why Anwar had charged that he is a victim of a large political conspiracy as a result of the abuses of power in manipulating the instruments of government for the political conspiracy to topple him?

What I find most shocking is that the four  affidavits presented to support the police decision to hold Nallakaruppan at Bukit Aman instead of Sungai Buloh Prison due to security reasons were in response to an affidavit  by Nallakaruppan affirmed on 25th August 1998 - when not a single word of this original Nallakaruppan affidavit was used on television, radio and the newspapers to provide balance and fair play.  I have not seen the Nallakaruppan affidavit of 25th August but to black it out while giving a saturation coverage in the mass media to the affidavits of the Attorney-General and the Police cannot be fairplay and justice.

The acute lack of fair-play and justice in the trial by the media of the former Deputy Prime Minister is further underlined by Anwarís maintenance of  his innocence on the allegations of sexual impropriety, claiming that they were  fabricated and that he has  documentary evidence, tapes, as well as a statutory declaration under oath to establish his innocence.

Anwar made a very valid point in his first media conference after being sacked as DPM and Finance Minister - that if even the Deputy Prime Minister cannot get justice, what hope is there for Malaysians to get justice!

I do not hold any watching brief for Anwar and I am not defending Anwar from the various serious charges levelled against him.  However, Anwarís charges that there have been gross abuses of power where the instruments of government had been manipulated in a political conspiracy to topple him are equally serious, for they come from a just-sacked Deputy Prime Minister.

It is for this reason that there should be a fully-independent Royal Commission of Inquiry to conduct a public hearing into the serious allegations against Anwar as well as Anwarís serious allegations about the manipulation of the instruments of government in a political conspiracy to topple him.

I have asked for an appointment with the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad to convey to nation-wide concerns at the manner of the sacking of Anwar and the proposal for an emergency Parliament for a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Anwar allegations, both against him and by him.

I also propose to meet Anwar Ibrahim to convey to him these proposals.

(4/9/98)


*Lim Kit Siang - Malaysian Parliamentary Opposition Leader, Democratic Action Party Secretary-General & Member of Parliament for Tanjong