Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Sodomy probe: 7 MCA branches demand answers

Source : Malaysiakini

Seven MCA branches have questioned the integrity of the sodomy allegation against opposition stalwart Anwar Ibrahim as well as the police investigation into the matter.


The branches under the Petaling Jaya Utara parliamentary constituency aired their concern in response to the latest twist to the case, a day after a medical report was leaked to the media.

anwar ibrahim and saiful bukhari azlan"We, being members of seven branches of MCA PJ Utara representing more than 1,000 members of MCA, wish to do our civic duty," read the two-page statement inked by MCA SS2 Town Centre branch chairperson Lee Chong Beng.

"We note that MCA cannot remain silent anymore, lest we be accused (if not already accused) of being accomplices to diabolical conspiracies."

Yesterday, Malaysiakini reported that Anwar's accuser Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan had visited the Pusrawi Hospital in Kuala Lumpur prior to lodging his police report against the PKR leader on June 28.

A Burmese doctor who had examined Saiful at the hospital had stated in his report that he found no evidence of sodomy.

Lee said several members of the MCA branches had checked with medical experts to verify the medical report.

"Three doctors that we checked with stated that the comments (in the leaked medical report) meant that the results of the alleged sodomy is ‘negative’.

"They also confirmed that a doctor can never change a medical report," he added.

Reveal the evidence

In view of this, the branches wanted answers from the hospital as well as the authorities to set the record straight.

"We call on the police, the attorney-general, the MCA top leadership and the Umno top leadership to immediately reveal in full all the evidence against Anwar and stop withholding vital evidence, and decide to charge or not charge him."

ismail omar police deputy igpThe branches also took deputy inspector-general of police (DIGP) Ismail Omar to task for stating that media reports on the doctor’s findings were aimed at confusing the people.

"Such statements by the DIGP only serve to further the perception that the police is pulling out all the stops to withhold evidence crucial to prove Anwar’s innocence while at the same time fabricate or attempt to fabricate evidence against a fellow citizen of our country."

The branches also pointed out that the Anwar saga was doing the country harm as the international community has labeled Malaysia as a country ruled by a despotic government.

"We urge the police, the attorney-general and the government to treat all our citizens fairly, with transparency, without withholding crucial evidence and with the proper application of the rule of law."

The seven branches are SS2 Town Centre, SS2, SS4, Taman Peoples Park, Gardenia Centre, Taman Mayang and Damansara Baru.

Ex-Gerakan leader: Drop the case

In a related development, former Penang Gerakan state exco Dr Toh Kin Woon also called on the government to promptly disclose the findings of the medical examination on Saiful.

toh kin woon 101007 stressing point"I call upon them to do so as quickly as possible in order to clear the air over the case but the contents of the first medical examination to be revealed must be as originally written by the doctor who conducted the investigation," he said in a statement.

Toh also said based on the Pusrawi medical report alone, Anwar "should be exonerated of this charge of having committed sodomy."

"There is no reason for any more delay as justice delayed is justice denied," he added.