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TJ: Dua tahun selepas ditangkap, masa depan AI
By Kapal Berita
18/9/2000 7:19 pm Mon
Terjemahan Ringkas Sahaja (point aje):
17 Sept 2000, 9:17 am
Dua tahun selepas ditangkap, masadepan Anwar masih tak kunjung kelam
Yang lainnya saya tidak terjemah. Tetapi perenggan akhir amat menarik:
"Seorang diplomat mengatakan kes Anwar ini telah memalitkan banyak
'kerosakkan teruk' kpd UMNO, dan ia bermula pada pemilu November lepas.
Beliau mengingatkan 70% daripada penduduk malaysia berumur di bawah 35 tahun dan semakin banyak lagi pengundi muda sedang berada di senarai pengundi yang layak.
Kerajaan mesti melakukan sesuatu utk mendapatkan sokongan mereka kembali.
Sunday, September 17 9:17 AM SGT
Two years after arrest, future has never looked bleaker
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 17 (AFP) -
Two years after his dramatic arrest by scores of armed and hooded riot police,
the future has never looked bleaker for Malaysia's ex-deputy premier Anwar
A team of lawyers, acting unpaid for the man once seen as premier in waiting,
has lost every round of an exhaustive court battle to prove his innocence.
In April 1999 Anwar was jailed for six years for abuse of power and last month
was imprisoned for nine years for s###my.
The sentences will run consecutively, meaning he will be in jail until 2014 unless
granted the customary one-third remission.
The appeal court in April rejected Anwar's bid to overturn his conviction for
abuse of power.
Anwar, 53, is now appealing to the federal court, the highest court, and is also
appealing the s###my conviction and sentence.
"He has no confidence in the appeal process," said one of his lawyers, Sankara
Nair. "As far as he is concerned it's a foregone conclusion.
"He is preparing for the fact that he may have to serve his full term."
Veteran Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who says Anwar was plotting to
topple him but insists that the legal process was independent, seems on the
surface to have weathered the storm.
Tens of thousands of Anwar's supporters attended an anti-government rally on
September 20, 1998, the day Anwar was arrested. When he was sentenced on
August 8 this year, just 500 people rallied outside the court house and
subsequent protests have fizzled out.
"The government has made it clear that it will come down hard on
demonstrators," said one political analyst close to Mahathir's ruling United
Malays National Organisation (UMNO).
"Malaysians are not going to jeopardise their interests by taking to the streets to
champion Anwar's cause.
"There is very little one can do. But there are dangers if the people are not given
the opportunity to express their feelings," said the analyst, speaking on condition
"The government will not be able to gauge public support for it. The people hide
their true feelings and then express their feelings through the ballot box. Then the
government gets a rude shock."
This is exactly what happened in last November's election when UMNO lost 22
seats -- largely because of the "Anwar factor," according to analysts.
Nationwide opinion polls are not conducted in Malaysia and the next electoral
test need not come till 2004. But hundreds of thousands of new young electors, a
group seen as especially likely to be attracted to Anwar's Reformasi (reform)
campaign, will have qualified to vote by then.
"On the surface Mahathir's position in the party suffered no dent with the latest
verdict on Anwar," the analyst said.
"But we do not know what the situation is on the ground. Malaysians, in
particular Malays, hide their feelings. Malays, as you know, suppress their
feelings and then finally ran amok.
"I do not think any political observer can afford to dismiss the Anwar factor."
Judging from November's polls, the analyst said, Anwar's conviction dealt a
severe blow to the ruling National Front and in particular to its largest party
A diplomat believes Singapore's Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew summed it up
best when he described the Anwar affair as an "unmitigated disaster" for
Lee highlighted what he called a series of blunders in the handling of the case
but made it clear his comments were intended to be sympathetic to Mahathir, 74.
"Mahathir is toughing it out," the diplomat said.
"The government has zero tolerance towards protesters and I think it is hoping
that Malays have a short memory span."
The diplomat said the affair had done "a lot of damage" to UMNO, starting with
last November's elections. He noted that 70 percent of the population is aged
under 35 and more and more young voters are coming on the rolls each election.
"The government must do something to win them back."
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