Anwar reminds new govt against abuse of power

Anwar Ibrahim

At least a dozen armed policemen entered the home of ousted Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak late on Wednesday after he returned from prayers at a mosque, Reuters witnesses said.

Mr Anwar pledged his "complete support" to Mr Mahathir. "But I plan to visit him on Saturday, and tell him I look forward to working with him again for mutual benefit", he said during the Singapore parliament session today.

For years Mr Anwar headed Malaysia's opposition movement, which has just defeated the former ruling party for the first time in the country's history.

Anwar said he backed Mahathir as premier and would not insist on any timeframe for a handover of power.

Although he has only appointed three ministers so far, Mr Mahathir continued to move quickly to implement his election promises.

Since Mr Mahathir was sworn in last Thursday, the 92-year-old has already clashed with some members of Mr Anwar's People's Justice party over ministerial appointments.

Malaysia's freed politician Anwar Ibrahim has said he will not serve in the new government of Pakatan Harapan (PH) for now, as he needs "time and space" to rest with his family and to travel overseas to fulfil teaching and speaking engagements.

Supporters gathered to celebrate Anwar's release. Anwar's wife, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and their daughter, Nurul Izzah, were with him.




Dr Mahathir has promised to step down as prime minister in two years to make way for Mr Anwar.

Sankara Nair, Mr Anwar's lawyer, said the opposition politician had seemed "composed and was quite upbeat, but also quite nervous" as he prepared to leave the the hospital.

Anwar Ibrahim's lawyer says the Malaysian king has granted him a full pardon and all past convictions have been expunged.

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Anwar was initially scheduled to be released on June 8, 2018 after his five-year sentence that started on Feb 10, 2015 was reduced for good behaviour.

Anwar, the 70-year-old PKR leader, had walked out of the Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital 11.30am on Wednesday a free man after spending a total of eight years in prison over two sodomy charges.

Anwar added he planned to rest and carry out some speaking commitments at universities. He was Mahathir's deputy in the 1990s but fell out with his mentor during the Asian financial crisis.

Meanwhile, there are signs of early tensions between Mahathir and Anwar's PKR, which won the most seats in the four-party alliance that ended Basiran National's entrenched rule. He reiterated his full support for Mahathir's leadership and said their political feud has always been buried.

"In the initial stages, maybe lasting one or two years, I will have to be the prime minister and I will have to run the country", he said Tuesday via video conference to participants at a Wall Street Journal event in Tokyo.

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