STS: Mahathir pooh-poohs Nobel Prize - Anwar harassed
1/2/2002 11:37 pm Fri
[Ada banyak perkara yang terselit di dalam berita-berita ini.
Antara lain, ia menunjukkan Mahathir langsung tidak mahu Anwar dihargai.
Sebelum ini Ezam juga mengadu barangan peribadinya telah diceroboh oleh
pihak berkuasa manakala pejabat beberapa peguam reformasi turut digeledah
oleh pihak tertentu. Kerajaan nampaknya amat takut teraib kerana ada BANYAK
kes perbicaraan di mahkamah pada tahun ini...... termasuk kes Augustine Paul
VS Christopher Fernando. Sebarang kemenangan di pihak reformasi mungkin akan
mencetuskan kemenangan yang lain-lain lagi. - Editor]
Mahathir pooh-poohs Nobel Peace Prize
It's a political prize aimed at destabilising a country, he says following
speculation that Anwar could be nominated for it this year
KUALA LUMPUR - Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad
said yesterday that the Nobel Peace Prize no longer honoured peace
but was a politically motivated award with the capability of
''It is a political prize,'' he told reporters.
''They give...Nobel prizes so as to ensure that these people can do
what they like and be protected by the public.''
''It's no more a peace prize,'' said Dr Mahathir. ''There is no peace. In
fact, the idea is to ensure that there is a struggle and to destabilise a
Dr Mahathir did not elaborate or refer to any specific country.
He was responding to a journalist's question about a foreign news
report that speculated that Malaysia's former deputy premier Anwar
Ibrahim could be nominated for the prize this year.
Dr Mahathir fired Anwar in 1998 amid disagreements over about how
to handle a regional economic crisis.
The sacking triggered Malaysia's largest street protests in decades,
but they tapered off as the economy recovered from the crisis.
Anwar is now serving prison terms totalling 15 years on corruption
and sodomy convictions. He claims the charges were rigged to
prevent him from threatening Dr Mahathir's rule.
Malaysia's highest court is scheduled to start hearing Anwar's appeal
There has been no actual indication that Anwar is a contender for
this year's Nobel Peace Prize.
Nominations for the peace prize must be submitted by today. - AP
Anwar 'upset by surprise raids on his cell'
KUALA LUMPUR - Jailed former deputy premier Anwar Ibrahim says
prison officers are harassing him in a bid to thwart his preparations for
an appeal against his corruption conviction next week.
His lawyer Sankara Nair, who visited him at the Sungai Buloh prison
outside Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday, said yesterday that the politician
was 'visibly upset' over surprise raids on his cell, which had
intensified in the past two weeks.
The lawyer said a special task force of five senior prison officers with
high-tech equipment, including metal detectors, conducted a sudden
search of Anwar's cell last Friday, apparently looking for a telephone
among other things.
The one-hour search was conducted in Anwar's absence and
nothing was found, he told a news conference.
Anwar's appeal to the Federal Court is to be heard from next Monday
Anwar said in a statement that the number of surprise checks on his
cell rose each time he was due to appear in court.
Meanwhile, an opposition leader detained under the Internal Security
Act but released nearly three months ago was rearrested yesterday.
Badrol Amin Haron, a senior official of Parti Keadilan, is being kept in
the Kamunting detention camp in northern Malaysia, said his wife.
Harassment increased, says Anwar
Malaysia's former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim,
facing a final appeal next week against corruption
convictions, complained yesterday of harassment by
"It has become a pattern to subject me to such forms of
harassment especially before a court hearing," Anwar
said in a statement delivered by his lawyers.
The Federal Court next Monday will hear Anwar's
appeal against convictions on four counts of corruption,
or abuse of power, for which he is serving six years in
Anwar said prison authorities had stepped up the
frequency of his cell searches, with a five strong-team
having swept the room with metal detectors and other
equipment last Friday.
"It smacks of deliberate political harassment ordered by
the home minister, who abuses his powers by
misdirecting the prison authorities," he added.
Mr Rohaizad Abdul Rahim, press secretary to Home
Affairs Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, rejected
"The question of harassment, I completely rule it out.
"Why would we harass him given that he's in prison
already," he said.
"As far as I know there's no directive to harass Anwar in
prison, not that my boss has made. These searches are
at the liberty of the prison," he added.
Anwar was sacked by Prime Minister Mahathir
Mohamad in September 1998 and later charged with five
counts each of corruption and sodomy.
He denies all charges, saying he was the victim of a
political conspiracy by his enemies.
The former deputy premier and finance chief is serving
six and nine years consecutively for corruption and
sodomy convictions, which he is appealing.