For instance, last Wednesday, all the local mass media splashed the interview given by the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad to the Public Broadcast Station (PB) when he was in New York, where he pronounced judgment on the allegation of Anwar's arsenic poisoning well before the completion of the medical tests.
Mahathir alleged that Anwar had "smuggled out urine under a different name which was sent to a laboratory in Australia and they found arsenic in the urine and therefore he claims he is being poisoned."
Mahathir said "The fact is that the amount of arsenic in the urine is compatible with someone ingesting a lot of seafood."
With such an open and public judgment by the Prime Minister on the allegation of Anwar's arsenic poisoning, it would take an extraordinarily brave HUKM, which had come under intense daily barrage of attacks by the Barisan-controlled Bahasa Malaysia media in the past fortnight, to suggest otherwise.
Even the Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Badawi, who had earlier advised all groups including those in the government to wait for the outcome of the probe being conducted by the authorities before making any comment on the Anwar Ibrahim poison issue, forgot his own advice and publicly announced two days ago that clinical tests done locally and abroad showed that Anwar Ibrahim was not suffering from arsenic poisoning.
A day earlier, the Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Ibrahim Ali challenged DAP deputy chairman Karpal Singh, who is one of Anwar's defence counsel, to resign as Member of Parliament or stop practising if the official results show that Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was not poisoned.
With such a menacing build-up involving the most powerful people in the country, coupled with the daily campaign of intimidation against the HUKM by the Barisan-controlled Bahasa Malaysia media, it would be the surprise of the century if the outcome of investigations had been different from what Mahathir and Abdullah had already publicly prejudged beforehand.
This is also the reason why in this instance, there is the least public credibility to the outcome of any tests and investigations in the history of Malaysia, not because of lack of public confidence in the professionalism of the HUKM medical team, but because of the blatant prejudgement and campaign of arm-twisting by the powers-that-be.
Nagging doubts will persist as to whether Anwar was suffering from arsenic
poisoning for the following reasons:
DAP calls on the Cabinet tomorrow to take the bold step to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the health and prison treatment of Anwar Ibrahim so that the question whether Anwar had suffered arsenic poisoning, particularly in August this year, would not become the biggest unresolved political mystery of the century.
If the Barisan Nasional Government has nothing to hide, there is no reason why it should hesitate in establishing a Royal Commission of Inquiry which could clear all doubts about Anwar’s arsenic poisoning as well as allay national and international concerns about Anwar’s health and prison treatment.