Anwars acquittal a victory for all Malaysians

As Martin Luther King, Jr said in his famous speech: 'Free at last, free at last, praise God Almighty, we are free at last.'

Maybe I was influenced by Nurul Ilham, one of Anwar and Azizah's very delightful children, who told me by telephone yesterday that her whole family was "super-duper happy." So when someone asked me what my own feelings were, learning that Anwar was freed after almost six years in prison, the only word I could think of was "happy."

Happy for Anwar and his family.

Happy for all those who stood by Anwar and his family these many years - especially those who were arrested and jailed for their support.

Happy for Malaysia's alternative media sources, such as malaysiakini and Raja Petra Kamaruddin and his Free Anwar website, who played such an important role in disseminating information to Malaysia and the world.

Happy for the human rights groups, lawyers, and political leaders in Malaysia and overseas who refused to give up the struggle.

Happy for Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, one of the most decent and worthy leaders in Malaysia's history, who has established a new direction for Malaysia's future, allowing Malaysia's judges to make their decision in a climate free of fear and intimidation. The prime minister shall forever deserve great credit and praise.

And happy for the people of Malaysia. No matter what your political views of Anwar might be, now or in the past, to see justice triumph is a victory for all Malaysians, and for all who value freedom and human rights around the world.