: Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's statement that opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was unjustly convicted for sodomy and the decision of the court was influenced by the government is shocking and comical.
Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak said that in essence Dr Mahathir was saying that Anwar was fixed up by a corrupt judiciary and the judges were dishonest.
According to Salleh, that alone was tantamount to contempt of court and saying so in a United Kingdom's press interview was nothing short of trying to smear the image of the country.
"The onus, therefore, is on Mahathir to prove what he alleges and prove he genuinely and sincerely believes that Anwar is a victim of a political conspiracy by apologising to Anwar for everything he has said about and done to Anwar since 1998.
"It is pointless to allege that Anwar was convicted for a crime he never committed and yet not make amends for it by at least saying sorry," Salleh said in his blog post (sskeruak.blogspot.my) yesterday, in commenting on an article of an interview given by Dr Mahathir in the British daily The Guardian on Thursday.
Salleh further said: " Failure to do the right thing by apologising for what Mahathir says was an injustice done to Anwar and would prove what Prime Minister (Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak) said, which is Mahathir fears the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) that is investigating Bank Negara's RM30 billion losses gambling on the foreign exchange (forex) market.
According to Salleh, Dr Mahathir's main concern was that Anwar would testify against him and that the truth behind the RM30 billion losses would be revealed.
"This, therefore, is merely a move by Mahathir to appease Anwar and was not made sincerely," said Salleh.
Anwar is serving a five-year jail sentence for sodomy and was jailed in February 2015. He was first jailed for corruption and sodomy in 1998. - BERNAMA