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Dr. M admitting before an audience that he had Anwar Ibrahim arrested all those years back without any basis???!!
Is this for real? It looks genuine. Could it just be a lookalike, soundalike actor?
Or is it really Dr. M, just being dryly sarcastic? He does seem super selamba (very nonchalant) about admitting it… As if it were a non-issue that bears no consequences for him. The audience laughs at the mention of throwing Anwar into detention.
UPDATE 5 March 2008: Dr. M claims that the video clip is a distortion and taken out of context, though he does not explain what he means by that, or how the context nullifies the ‘Saya Zalim Anwar’ statement. Perhaps he was performing a stand-up routine?
From The Star 5 March 2008:
So I am now officially an Opposition website for blogging about it and providing links to the video. Lol!
Don’t look for Dr. M to apologize for anything… As he says later on in the clip, he has never apologized to Badawi! And it’s standard practice for UMNO race insulters to never apologize.
So far only The Star has anything on this. Why isn’t Malaysiakini covering it? Free subscription for 7 days, by the way! Try it now!
Screen captures from video, showing the time where he makes his admissions. English translation in italics after each pic.
Mahathir: I Was Unjust (Did Wrong) to Anwar
Police become a tool of the government.
I too abused power back in my time…
See Dato’ Seri Anwar, what happened to him?
I arrested (caught), I put him in detention (captivity).
Everyone saw it right? I arrested (caught) Dato’ Seri Anwar… Put him in detention (captivity).
Not because he did anything… Nothing, nothing at all…
Not because there was any wrongdoing by Dato’ Seri Anwar. Not at all…
Therefore, it was an unjust/wrong act.
He also has some words about Abdullah Badawi, Khairy and Malaysia’s 2008 General Elections - and says to cheers from the crowd that he has never apologized to Badawi.
A pretty jolly crowd throughout the latter part of the speech, obviously in agreement with Dr. M.
Above lol is Poster #24 from Malaysian Politics Motivational Posters
Ah well… Let bygones be bygones? Well, Anwar says…