By : G VINOD
PETALING JAYA: It is highly probable that Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim may be arrested soon for supposedly being involved in the Lahad Datu intrusion, said PKR deputy president Azmin Ali.
He said this was the government’s way of trying to divert public attention from its mistakes in handling the Lahad Datu issue.
“For the past 15 years, they [government] have tried blaming Anwar for everything wrong in the country.
“But to link him to the Lahad Datu incident is highly preposterous,” said the Gombak MP.
Lately, pro-Umno dailies have played up a report by Filipino media, the Philippines Daily Inquirer, which claimed that a politician linked to Anwar had invited the Sulu intruders to Sabah.
Despite denials by Anwar and Sulu leader, Sultan Jamalul Kiram III, many have lodged police reports against the former deputy prime minister.
Yesterday, online media, Malaysia Chronicles, quoted PKR strategy director Rafizi Ramli as saying that there were speculations that Anwar would be arrested soon over the alleged “invitation”.
Azmin said that the government was already targeting several other opposition leaders to blame, including himself.
“I was served a notice by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission [MCMC], telling me to give a statement at 2pm today.
“When my lawyers asked them on what issue, they just said it is something related to Lahad Datu,” he said.
When contacted on speculation of Anwar’s impending arrest, Bukit Aman CID chief Bakri Zinin said,” You have to ask the Inspector-General of Police [Ismail Omar] or Sabah police commissioner [Hamza Taib].”
Azmin expressed condolences to the families of the security personnel that lost their lives in Sabah.
He urged their families to be patient during these testing times and heaped laurels on their sacrifice.
“Pakatan is always committed to supporting our police and military to defend the sovereignty of our country,” said Azmin. (FMT)