GEORGETOWN, April 23: Penang-based rights group Aliran Kesedaran Negara said Malaysians had concluded long ago that Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim would be suspended by the parliament's Rights and Privileges Committee."The whole issue had descended into 'Get your enemy at all cost – forget about justice and fair play.' In a game of numbers, there is no need to be moral about what you do. Just nail him. You have the numbers to achieve that!" said Aliran president P Ramakrishnan.
Ramakrishnan however said far from gagging Anwar, the upcoming sodomy trial would provide an opportunity for Anwar to speak up again.
He said it was a foregone conclusion that the Committee would find Anwar guilty and suspend him, so that the Barisan Nasional will be spared Anwar’s "scathing attacks and more embarrassing revelations that would put them in a spot".
"It was a foregone conclusion. Even before the debate began in Parliament, the outcome was very obvious," he said.
Ramakrishnan also said the move to suspend Anwar would work favourably for the Opposition.
"Malaysians are in no mood to tolerate blatant abuses or forgive the BN’s excesses. It is a matter of time when things will be put right," he added.