Malaysia former deputy PM Ibrahim pardoned

PKR political bureau member R. Sivarasa speaks to the media at Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital in Kuala Lumpur. Pic by MOHD KHAIRUL HELMY MOHD DIN

PKR political bureau member R. Sivarasa speaks to the media at Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital in Kuala Lumpur. Pic by MOHD KHAIRUL HELMY MOHD DIN

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The appointment of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim as the eighth prime minister of Malaysia will not done hastily, said his wife Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail who has been named the new deputy prime minister.

In a statement yesterday, PKR communication director Fahmi Fadzil said the party had been informed by the Prime Minister's Department that the Pardons Board will meet tomorrow. "Today, I am very happy", she said.

Smiling and looking spry in a tailored black suit, Anwar emerged from a Kuala Lumpur hospital where he had undergone surgery for a shoulder problem, giving a thumbs-up to a crowd of journalists before leaving in a convoy of cars without making any public comment.

Anwar joined forces with his old ally-turned-foe-turned ally, 92-year-old Mahathir Mohamad, to oust scandal-tainted former premier Najib Razak.

"So, we expect (the release) will be at noon tomorrow before a gathering in the afternoon in Petaling Jaya", he told reporters after visiting Mr Anwar at the hospital on Tuesday (May 15).


A royal pardon would reverse Mr Anwar's conviction and make him eligible to actively participate in politics.

Malaysia's new Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad sought a pardon for Mr Anwar, which was granted on Wednesday morning.

His freedom is expected to ease fears of a growing rift within the newly formed coalition government, after differences erupted between supporters of Mahathir and Anwar over cabinet positions and Anwar's role in the party.

Dr Mahathir had promised to stay on as prime minister for two years before handing over power to Anwar, while Dr Wan Azizah would be made deputy prime minister.

Asked about Anwar's health, Dr Wan Azizah, who is the MP for Pandan, said her husband was recovering.

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