KLANG, 19 JAN: Norshakiah Wan Tim was almost in tears when she recollected the 12 year struggle in campaigning for the People’s Justice Party (PKR), especially for the freedom of Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
Yesterday, Norshakiah was very excited to come face to face and shake hands with PKR President Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Ismail, the leader of the struggle, for the first time.
“I do not know how to describe my feelings, I did follow the story of Anwar and Azizah’s journey starting from 1998.
“From there, I began distributing pamphlets of what was happening to their family to friends.
“I heard the story from Azizah just now, (I was) almost in tears. I am proud to meet her,” she said when met at the ‘An Evening With Wan Azizah’ social here at the Kampung Perapat Public Hall yesterday.
Norshakiah was among the audience who came to hear Wan Azizah tell her life story during the programme.
She added that Azizah is a courageous and strong wife in facing her life and raising her children.
“Maybe if she was not strong, she would not be able to face it. She has the support of the people.
“What happened to them, the people now are smarter. We read and see, then decide what actually happened,” she said.
When recollecting her life story, Azizah said that the starting point for her to venture into politics began after her husband, who was the Deputy Prime Minister, was arrested and jailed in 1998.
“After Anwar was charged with numerous unfounded accusations and the spread of slander on television, newspapers, I then realised how revolting politics was in Malaysia.
“Back then I prayed to Allah Almighty to give me the strength to raise our six children,” she said while recollecting her experiences.
She said that what happened to her family is being told to the public not to ask for sympathy.
“I stressed that what Anwar was charged with is not true and what I am revealing is not to seek sympathy.
“I am telling this because I want to share. If a case like this happens to anyone, we cannot expect the judicial system to defend us unless we ourselves change the political system in our country,” she said.
At the programme, about 30 single mothers from the Sementa constituency received contributions of basic needs which was presented by the Kapar MP, S. Manikavasagam.
Also present was the Sementa constituency Coordinator, Dr Daroyah Alwi.
Earlier, in her visit to Kapar, Azizah visited a shellfish and frozen food factory at Kampung Tok Muda which is being run by the Women’s Association of the village concerned.