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Anwar welcomes former nemesis Dr M's presence at Bersih
Published:  Sep 2, 2015 2:00 AM
Updated: 4:11 AM

Jailed former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim welcomed news of his former nemesis Dr Mahathir Mohamad's presence at the Bersih 4 rally last weekend.

"I welcome the presence of Tun Mahathir and Dr Siti Hasmah who also joined the Bersih 4 gathering," he said in a note to his lawyers from prison.

The message was released through PKR this morning.

Anwar, who is also PKR de facto leader, congratulated the hundreds of thousands participants at the rally.

"It was a very big success and gives an important focus to Bersih's legitimate demands.

"The gathering proved that Malaysians are mature and responsible in exercising their rights to freedom of speech and assembly in a peaceful manner.

"Despite being threatened and faced with various obstacles by the government, the rakyat persevered in the struggle for change and fight against corruption and deception," he said.

Mahathir sacked Anwar in 1998

Mahathir had taken his party Umno by surprise after he visited the Bersih 4 rally on both days it was held.

The former premier had in 1998 sacked Anwar as deputy prime minister and subsequently had him jailed for abuse of power and sodomy.

After being freed in 2004, he led the opposition to its strongest showing in history but was again jailed February this year, also on grounds of sodomy.

Anwar ( photo ) had vehemently denied the charges, claiming that they were politically motivated to wreck the opposition.

The Bersih 4 rally demanded for sweeping reforms and also the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak who is plagued by scandals.

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