The article below was taken from The Star Malaysia, 17th July 2008,
KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail has a sense of dÃ©jÃ vu over her husband Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s arrest.
Anwar was arrested in 1998 on charges of abuse of power, corruption â€“ and sodomy. This time, he has again been arrested over an allegation of sodomy,
â€œIt is a feeling of dÃ©jÃ vu. Of course, now my children are big and I am in Parliament now. But I feel it should not have happened this way,â€ she told reporters yesterday outside the KL police headquarters after meeting Anwar.
â€œI have a fear. Although they guarantee his safety, it was the same thing they said before, but it didnâ€™t happen.â€
She also expressed regret over the way police handled Anwarâ€™s arrest yesterday.
â€œIt now has political connotations,â€ she said.
The Permatang Pauh MP was with her daughters, Nurul Izzah and Nurul Nuha, son-in-law Raja Ahmad Shahrir Iskandar Raja Salim and Anwarâ€™s lawyer, Sankara Nair.
She had arrived at the police headquarters at about 1.30pm.
The PKR president also said her husband told her and Malaysians to remain calm.
â€œHe is doing well, so far,â€ she said.
â€œI regret the way he was detained. After all, he had given his assurance that he would be here. He will act within his legal rights.â€
Dr Wan Azizah said she was at Parliament when one of their lawyers informed her of Anwarâ€™s arrest.
Nurul Izzah, PKR’s Lembah Pantai MP, said her father was ready to give his statement.
â€œMy sisters and I had already agreed to accompany our father and to be here by 2pm. How am I supposed to feel safe?â€
She arrived with her husband Raja Ahmad at about 1.55pm and handed over her marriage card for a visitorâ€™s pass to enter the building as she had left her MyKad in Parliament.
Nurul Izzah said her father was arrested by Special Action Unit commandos, as in 1998.
IÂ don’t have much things to say about the recent arrest of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. That is to be expected as he had delivered quite a debate a night before his arrest. Who wouldn’t want to arrest a person who can convince people to make him a PM? Well, at least he CAN convince some people as he promised that when he become PM, our financial burden would slightly be off our shoulder.Â At least he speaks with more conviction than the unpopular actions being implement by the government these days. Whether he’ll truly take care of the citizens welfareÂ after he become PM or not is another case. IÂ truly believe that most are sick to the stomachÂ with the way the government is running the country, and desperately need changes.
Datuk Seri Wan Azizah mentioned that she had Â a sense of dÃ©jÃ vuÂ when her husband was arrested. Well, I’d say, have more fear, this is Malaysia. It’s not only in politics that people are trying as hard as they could to take one’s posession or take other’s confidence away in order to feel more powerful or stronger. People around us will stop at nothing to step on our head, whether we realize it or not.Â Such things happens in our daily lives too, be it at home, in office or just merely a mamak stall ‘yum cha’ session. Well, maybe others do not feel that way, but ever since I was a young girl, I felt that my confidence over my own ability being taken away from me constantly by people around me. And to make it worst, they are the people who claimed to beÂ ‘close’ to me.Â Encouragement and supportÂ are hard to come by in whateverÂ I doÂ and this does not change even when IÂ entered adulthood. And so, I don’t see what difference it would make with Datuk Seri Wan Azizah. Everyone is in the same shoes, only in different ways and level.
Cleffairy: Issit just me or instilling fear in the people’s mind is a new way to put a leash on the people’s thinking and behaviour?