Anwar: PR-BN National Consensus Cancelled

KAJANG, 11 Mar: Pakatan Rakyat (PR) cancelled and withdrew the National Consensus offer which was given to Barisan Nasional (BN) previously following the decision of the Court of Appeal to sentence Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to jail last week.

Anwar, who is also the PKR de facto leader, when speaking at Kajang last night also declared a “policy war” against BN leaders who have allegedly abused power and misused the country’s judicial body.

He claimed that the panel of judges who heard arguments on the case incriminating him with his former aide ignored the facts and only agreed with the arguments of the prosecution lawyer, Tan Sri Shafee Abdullah.


“Now, there is no more dialogue. No more National Consensus. We are fighting because they are rude.

“The three people (judges) are the same as Shafee. Sentencing without regard to the facts,” he claimed, as reported by Malaysiakini.

Anwar’s speech received cheers from hundreds of PR supporters who then started chanting “fight”.

Previously, Anwar asked BN to dialogue in order to reach a National Consensus between them to overcome elements that threaten unity and cause hatred among religions that are increasing.


On 7 March, the Court of Appeal overturned the High Court’s decision on 9 January 2012 which acquitted Anwar from the charge involving his former aide, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan.

The three judge panel led by Datuk Balia Yusof Wahi allowed the prosecution’s appeal and sentenced him to five years in jail after finding Anwar guilty.

However, the court allowed a stay of execution while pending the appeal at the Federal Court and ordered Anwar to pay a bail of RM10,000.

Justice Balia ruled that the trial judge erred in his judgement and that the integrity of the DNA samples were contaminated.

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