Malaysiakini Letter

Where was Anwar during judicial crisis of '88?

Ahmad Ikhlas  |  Published:  |  Modified:

I refer to the letter Don't bet on Anwar to change things .

While I may not totally agree with the general sentiments of the writer regarding the former deputy prime minister and his (in)actions whilst in power, I had this nagging question whirling in my mind throughout most of his incarceration:

In 1988, when the then Lord President (as the post was then known) was humiliatingly removed from office, what action, if any, did Anwar Ibrahim take to register his repugnance to such an abrasive attack on the Malaysian judiciary by the then prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad?

Did he scream 'injustice', did he holler 'unfair', did he invoke the 'reformasi' chant? He obviously did not, perhaps for reasons best known to himself.

That dastardly act by the executive, followed by the removal of five more very senior judges, all held in high esteem by the public for their unbending commitment to impartiality and independence of the judiciary, ultimately led to the present circumstances that Anwar finds himself in.

Muslims, and, perhaps, followers of other faiths too, uphold the edict that if one remains silent in the face of gross injustice and abuse of power, then one ought be prepared to face the consequences, whence the end result of such temerity befalls unto oneself.

I say that Anwar is one such person, and, for that, I wish him not to ever lead our beloved nation.

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