Sept 2, 2008 was a Friday, if I'm not mistaken. Two days earlier, I was in Penang to cover an event officiated by Dr Mahathir Mohamad. Anwar Ibrahim, Koh Tsu Koon, Ibrahim Saad and other BN leaders attended. The premier and his deputy were seen in a cheerful mood.
That particular Friday, there was another function in the morning. Anwar was talking something to Daim, which made the photographers busy.
After the Friday prayer, around 4pm, Business Times editor Hardev Kaur, her associate Rocky and the news desk were busy preparing our front page when the news came in: Anwar has been sacked from the Cabinet!
I believe each and every media player was shocked. It was a tough job to fill-up our main pages with the news. Many people were pointing their fingers at Dr Mahathir, accusing him of removing his deputy deliberately.
The actual story is, Dr M called for an emergency Cabinet meeting. Mostly every minister attended. Anwar too... and they voted against him. Well... that was 12 years ago.
And today, the Federal Court ruled that the sacking was valid (read Bernama h e r e), thus putting Anwar's bid to challenge Dr Mr, to and end. It also provides him with no more rooms to manouvre his sodomy case, either to prolong it or to find counter-evidence to put his defense beyond doubt.