The former Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia Anwar Ibrahim has been released from the prison on Wednesday.
He has received a full pardon from the King after serving nearly five years in prison after a court verdict against him for “committing sodomy”.
Mr. Anwar thanked the Malaysian people for standing by the “principles of democracy and freedom” after being released from the prison.
Mr. Ibrahim said: “Now there is a new dawn for Malaysia. I must thank the people of Malaysia. Malays, Chinese, Indians, Kadazans, Iban; the entire spectrum of our Malaysians, regardless of race and religion.”
“They demand change and it is our duty now to ensure that this mandate given to Pakatan Harapan will honor this commitment.”
The great reunion. Anwar shakes Mahathir’s hand after being pardoned pic.twitter.com/iSD9CGbSzI
— Jonathan Head (@pakhead) May 16, 2018
The Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad promised to release Anwar Ibrahim and help to grant him pardon from the King to ensure that he can get back to politics again.
Mahathir has kept his promise by releasing Anwar within the first week in the office and granting him the full pardon from the king.
According to the negotiations between the PKR and Mahathir Mohamad, the current PM will continue to be in office for two years.
— Bloomberg Asia (@BloombergAsia) May 16, 2018
Dr. Mohamed will prepare the ground for Mr. Anwar to succeed him as the new Prime Minister of Malaysia within two years.
The former Malaysian deputy Prime Minister was first jailed in 1998 when Mahathir was in power as the Prime Minister of the country.
Recently, Mr. Mahathir has acknowledged the suffering of the Anwar family and promised to get them rid of their suffering.
Mr. Mahathir said: “I know how Anwar feels. It was during my administration that he was sent to [prison]. It is not easy for him to accept me and shake my hand.”
“And it’s not just Anwar but his family as well who felt pressure when he was jailed. They suffered for 20 years.”
It was speculated after the release of Anwar Ibrahim that he might seek to be Prime Minister in hasty. But he assured that he will support Mahathir Mohamad as Prime Minister and Azizah, Anwar’s wife, as the deputy Prime Minister.
“My position is to give all the support… I don’t think I would want to be seen to be hasty to demand or insist on any time frame,” Anwar Ibrahim said.
Whatever said and done, no matter which side you’re on. One have to admit that this guy and his family suffered the most. Nothing can undo those 20years. Welcome back DS @anwaribrahim , hopefully still as charismatic as you’ve always been. pic.twitter.com/jNMw7c7Uxm
— Dayalan Jeevan (@dayalanjeevan) May 16, 2018
After the press asked him if he had forgiven Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, Anwar said: “I have forgiven him, it’s been a long time already. He has proven himself. He has struggled and worked indefatigably hard. He has supported the reform agenda. He has facilitated my release. Why would I harbor malice towards him?”
Mr. Ibrahim told the press that the most important lesson he learned from the prison was the value of freedom.
Anwar said: “The most significant lesson one can learn from prison life is the value of freedom. When you are incarcerated you realize what is the meaning and significance of freedom.”
“No one, not Anwar, or … anyone must be allowed to undergo the same travesty that has befallen any individual. I happened to be known, I happened to be supported by many people. But we must stop this once and for all, and it is our duty, and our duty particularly in Pakatan Harapan to end this,” Anwar Ibrahim told the press.
Anwar Ibrahim is presumed to visit distinguished universities of the world to lecture on moderate Islam.