In Malaysiakini news article Syed Husin: We can't trust the police, we are informed that Anwar Ibrahim has refused a request to give a DNA sample. He fears the police could fiddle around with the sample to incriminate him.
The government is less sympathetic, accusing him of not cooperating. PM AAB said the police needed a fresh DNA sample for their investigation because the one taken in 1998 was too old.
The PM said: "If he is not guilty, why worry about giving a new DNA sample. If he is indeed innocent, there is nothing for him to fear."
The government even offered him his own choice of a foreign forensic expert but his lawyer R. Sivarasa said Anwar Ibrahim will not agree to that proposal, as the question of police fiddling remains a possibility.
In another Malaysiakini article Dr M: Sodomy again? Gov't not so stupid, Dr Mahathir reminded us that Anwar had also refused to swear on the Quran in front of religious authorities, unlike his alleged victim, Saiful Bukhari Azlan.
We recall that Anwar had instead resorted to the syariah court, complaining that he was defamed by Saiful in a qazaf case which will require Saiful to produce at least four male witnesses to the sodomy allegation, or Saiful will be in deep trouble.
In Parliament a couple of days ago, Mukhriz Mahathir had “… slammed Pakatan Rakyat MPs for insisting on more stringent standards of evidence as contained in Islamic laws for accusations of sexual violations”, alluding to the impossibility of having four male witnesses to the alleged sodomy case against Anwar Ibrahim, and that a DNA sampling should be more preferable and fair to all parties.
Mukhriz said: “There are leaders over there who are demanding for four witnesses (to the alleged act of sodomy). How can there be four witnesses? They would have sinned if they saw the commission of the act but did not do anything to stop it!”
That earned him an outraged rebuke from Charles Santiago who demanded of him: “Are you challenging Islam?”
Dr M argued that if the AAB government (whom he actually doesn’t like) wanted to ‘fix’ Anwar up, it wouldn’t be that idiotic as to use sodomy as a cause. He believed that the sodomy allegations came about because it has been true.
He revealed that “the last time” there were at least two people (at least?) who went to see him claiming they were sodomised by Anwar.
He averred: "But they were unwilling to make a report or be witnesses in court. One of them, however, did see the imam of Masjid Negara (Taib Azimuddin, now a PAS MP) to seek advice on the religious angle."
Maybe the good Haji could either refute or confirm what Dr Mahathir has revealed? And where necessary, the Quran could be the silent arbitrator.
Dr Mahathir twisted the knife deeper by sneering: "There are certain habits which are not easy to be rid off. Habitual smokers will tell you that. So will drug addicts."
Then Mahathir explained why his enemy, the AAB government will face international opposition to the police case against Anwar.
He said Anwar can be convincing in his arguments especially with those who want to believe in him.
"The Western press has already concluded that this accusation against Anwar is the same old political plot to prevent him from becoming the prime minister.”
"The last time it was I who was the prime mover. (Prime Minister) Abdullah (Ahmad Badawi) has denied he is involved this time, but the Western press and the American friends of Anwar will not be convinced and will not let him get off the hook."
A couple of days ago I so happened to read a letter to an Aussie newspaper asking the Australian government to sanction Malaysia because the Malaysian authorities were resorting to the same sodomy bullsh*t to deny Anwar Ibrahim the democratic rights to legally take over as the Prime Minister.
The Aussie letter writer was certainly a step ahead of Dr Syed Husin who had only claimed the same conspiracy but conceded that Anwar ‘will’ soon take over the government, whereas the Australian letter writer sincerely believed Anwar’s party had already won the last general election, and AAB was denying him the rightful and legal political claim to government.
Hmmm, maybe Dr Mahathir has a point in that “those who want to believe in him” will do so.
I wonder whether that letter writer is also a ‘fellow enthusiast’ of Shakespeare as Anwar had (last year) informed Aussies he was.
To DNA, or not to DNA, that is the Question:
Whether 'tis Nobler in the minde to suffer
The Slings and Arrowes of outragious Fortune,
Or to take Armes against a Sea of troubles