Anyway, this letter published in the Wall Street Journal draws my attention. Its from our minister Nazri Aziz who wrote 'Malaysia Upholds the Rule of Law' (with regards to Anwar's trial).
The editorial published prior to the beginning of the judicial proceeding against Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim (Anwar's second sodomy trial, Feb 2nd) resented a misleading characterization of the trial by focussing on the view of the defendent, rather than presenting a balanced account that included a fair presentation of Mr Anwar's alleged victim. As a consequence, the Wall Street Journal Asia falsely cast this trial as politically motivated and portrayed the defendent as the victim. This case is not political, but a matter to be worked through in our criminal justice system, as it would in any other country. The alleged victim and his family are seeking justice, as is their right under the law. Malaysia recognises the presumption of innocence, and this case is no exception. As is the standard practice in Malaysia, the rights of both the accuser and the accused will be respected during the trial of Mr Anwar. We support due process as each party has an opportunity to present their case to an impartial judge. Similarly, our government is dedicated to upholding the rule of law and the principle that no one is above the law. Again, this case is no exception. Malaysia's legal system has the obligation to proceed, not because the accused is Mr Anwar but because it has the responsibility to protect and pursue justice on behalf of Malaysian citizens, irrespective of politics.
Nazri Abdul Aziz
Prime Minister's Department