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Anwar will be PM, ex-police interrogator says
By Clara Chooi
HULU SELANGOR, April 9 - At 70, Abdul Kudus Omar, even with his thinning
shock of white hair, cuts a slim, trim and youthful figure.
His eyes, now crinkled at the corners, tell of stories long past and
experiences that, although sometimes bitter, have also become the potion of
life that has kept him fuelled throughout the years.
To Abdul Kudus, it is not the number of years in one's life that matters -
it is how much life one injects into those years that really counts. And for
the grandfather of 11, the very essence of that life was his unfaltering
faith and belief in the struggles of one man - Datuk Seri Anwar
Ironically, Abdul Kudus' friendship with the fiery opposition leader, dating
as far back as 1974, had sparked off from a rather bizarre setting - in the
interrogation room of the Bukit Aman police headquarters.
Then a corporal with the force's Special Branch unit, Abdul Kudus who is
today the division chairman for PKR Tanjung Karang, was tasked with
interrogating the young student leader Anwar, who had been detained - for
the first time - under the Internal Security Act (ISA) for rallying against
rural poverty and hunger.
"It was a 60-day long interrogation. I was assigned to the duty with two
others but I did most of the questioning for the others often found ways to
get out of it," Abdul Kudus told The Malaysian Insider in an exclusive
interview here this week.
The septuagenarian gestured energetically as he recalled the details of his
early friendship with Anwar and looked right at
home in the tiny coffee shop
nestled at the fringes of Desa Maju, Kampung Sungai Tengi. Despite his
advanced years, the pint-sized activist commutes at least one hour daily to
the village, known to be an Umno stronghold, to spearhead activities for his
party's campaign in the Hulu Selangor by-election on April 25.
"I had already known of Anwar before, as the leader of Abim (Malaysian
Muslim Youth Movement), but we only met when he got arrested. It was too bad
that he got arrested. At the time, the Home Ministry claimed that his
actions had been under the influence and instigation of Parti Komunis
Malaya - they were trying to implicate him with the communist party.
>"Anwar was placed under solitary confinement for his involvement in the
protests and my job was to speak with him every day for 60 days, to
determine if he was indeed a threat to national security," said Abdul Kudus.
In the 60 days, he
said, his admiration for the young Anwar grew.
"He was co-operative, there was no exchange of harsh words or violence. We
discussed things; education policies, politics, everything," he said.
It was during that time, said Abdul Kudus, that he "fell in love" with Anwar
's courage and powerful convictions.
"There was something inside this guy, something in his style that told me:
this man will be the prime minister of Malaysia one day," he said.
Abdul Kudus said that although Anwar was sent to serve a 20-month sentence
at the Kamunting detention camp, his friendship with him never wavered.
"We stayed in touch and when he was released, we would meet up, sometimes as
often as once a week. We spoke extensively about the future of Islam, the
wellbeing of the people and the future of the country," he said.
Abdul Kudus added that he had initially been opposed to the idea of Anwar
joining Umno. "I do
not know what it was, I just felt something was not
good. At the time, it was (former prime minister Tun) Dr Mahathir (Mohamad)
who invited him in. He called Anwar's father-in-law, Datuk Wan Ismail and
said that he wanted Anwar to join his Cabinet," he said.
Despite his uneasiness at the proposition, Abdul Kudus said his support for
Anwar continued throughout the years, until the leader reached the pinnacle
of his career in the Federal Government - he had become the country's
second-in-line to the premiership as the deputy prime minister.
Anwar's steady climb to the top came to an abrupt stop, however, when he was
suddenly sacked in 1998 over allegations of sodomy and corruption, and
subsequently sent to jail until 2004.
"In Sept 2, 1998, I was in Seremban visiting my children when I heard the
news - Anwar had been removed. I knew immediately he had been framed. I knew
it without a doubt.
that day, I joined the reformasi (reformation) movement and never
looked back," he said.
Abdul Kudus admitted that although his faith in Anwar had already become an
impenetrable fortress, it had not been an easy transition to move from his
cushy life as a pro-establishment supporter to the opposition camp.
"I had joined Umno in 1996 already. I was in the party as a member for
almost two years when Anwar was removed. But it mattered little for I knew,
and I strongly believed, that this man had been framed," he said.
In Sept 16, 1998, Abdul Kudus organised a mammoth rally for Anwar at his
home in Tanjung Karang, giving the leader the platform to explain his
predicament to the people.
"Thousands gathered to hear him. It was surreal," he said.
On Sept 20, Anwar was arrested. A few days later, Abdul Kudus, and many of
his family members were sacked from Umno.
"Anyone with the 'bin Omar' name
was sacked. But it was funny - we laughed
until our stomachs exploded," he said.
Abdul Kudus went on to explain that even his contract for an excavator
service business that he had just started at the time, was also taken away.
"They took everything from us, from me. Even my brother, who was not an Umno
member, was apparently sacked from Umno. Do not ask me how, we received the
letters and we just laughed," he said.
The losses, however, never once dampened Abdul Kudus' resolve to stand
strong for the reformasi movement, and his blind faith in Anwar even
withstood the test of whopping offers of gifts and monetary rewards.
"I am quite somebody in Selangor. And they (Umno) knew that. I am very
valuable to them because the people of Selangor know me," he said.
He claimed that he had been approached with contract offers and cash rewards
in exchange for his return to Umno and his departure from the
"They asked me - how many million ringgit worth of contract do you want? I
was asked also to hand over my membership form to Umno to a prominent
politician onstage during one function and when I descended from the stage,
I was to receive RM5 million upfront," he said, smiling coyly.
Abdul Kudus claimed he politely declined the offers.
"After 34 years of clean service with the force... I never once accepted
corrupt offers... and now, when I am old and decrepit, why should I
sacrifice all those years?" he said.
Instead, Abdul Kudus said he chose to follow his heart.
"And I had already, from years before, fallen in love with Anwar's fight.
What Anwar is preaching is the very value I admire... I fall in love with
people who preach the universal values of mankind - that mankind is equal,
that we are all one people.
"I see that he is not only a leader to his family, to
the people but also,
he is a leader of the world. When Anwar speaks, everyone listens - the
Muslims, the Christians, the Buddhists, everyone," he said.
Abdul Kudus expressed disgust at leaders who ruled only for the sake of
holding on to power and not to use that power to improve society.
"They do not care, they would do anything to stay up on that pedestal," he
He noted that Anwar, however, had not only gone to the far corners of power
but had also been dragged mercilessly from the throne and thrown into the
dark recesses of incarceration.
Even then, he said, the now 62-year-old leader had still emerged upholding
the very same principles he had admired in the young student leader whom he
met in 1974.
It was this determination, concluded Abdul Kudus, that would make his
prediction, made within the four walls of the dank interrogation room at
Bukit Aman more than 30 years ago, come
"Anwar will become the prime minister of Malaysia one day."
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-links-claims- may-backfire- on-anwar
Jewish links claims may backfire on Anwar
By Adib Zalkapli
KUALA LUMPUR, April 9 - Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's efforts to tar Barisan
Nasional (BN) with Israeli links may not bring in Malay votes to the Pakatan
Rakyat (PR), as the ruling coalition appears to be ahead of the PKR leader
in the "Jewish conspiracy" game, analysts say.
Anwar and his PKR colleagues have been linking BN with Israel since last
month, claiming that Datuk Seri Najib Razak's 1 Malaysia was a carbon copy
of Ehud Barak's One Israel and that the Bukit Aman federal police
headquarters had been infiltrated by Tel Aviv agents.
they will use that to get Malay votes especially in rural areas and
as part of psychological war to make sure Pakatan can retain Hulu Selangor,
as at the same time Anwar has been accused of having foreign support but it
will be backfire," said political scientist Dr Sivamurugan Pandian.
"So I'm not sure it's going to work on Anwar's side; maybe now he is going
to prove [the] government is doing just that," Sivamurugan told The
An Umno campaigner in the Hulu Selangor by-election, however, doubts that
the PR campaign will rely on the Jewish link allegations to win the Malay
"It will backfire, they have stronger links to the Jews, we have pictures;
it is more concrete. What can they show to the voters? They can't just drop
names in the campaign," he said, referring to the picture of Anwar and
former World Bank president, Paul Wolfowitz.
That picture has been shown in Malay
areas in every election since 2008 and
a video alleging Anwar's and his party's close ties with international
Jewish groups has also been in circulation for years.
During the Permatang Pauh by-election two years ago which saw Anwar making a
dramatic comeback, banners were put up across the constituency claiming that
the PKR de facto leader was planning to establish a diplomatic relationship
with Israel if he comes to power.
"You must remember that all the evidence against Anwar have not been played
up in the mainstream media, you only see them during elections or in blogs,
once they are picked up by newspapers, he is finished," said the campaigner.
However, leading Muslim NGO, Teras, believed the anti-Israeli sentiment will
work in PR's favour due to the strong attention given by the Malay-Muslim
community to the situation in Palestine.
"I would like to see the government contracts and the
separately, but because the situation in Palestine has worsened, I'm sure it
will affect the Malay voters' sentiment," said Teras head, Azmi Abdul Hamid.
"They (PKR) will benefit from more Malay support, as they can show to the
Malays Umno is not really serious in addressing the Palestinian issues," he
UKM's Dr Muhammad Agus Yusoff believed that the alleged ties to Israel were
a serious matter that should not be politicised by both sides.
He said that a national security issue has been turned into a question of
who was closer to Israel.
"This is a universal issue, it is not just about the Malays, but I'm worried
that this is just going to be another political game," said Agus.
"I am disappointed, the government should be able to handle such criticisms,
but at the same time the opposition, too, must be serious in raising the
matter," he told The Malaysian
BN has denied all links with Israel and has referred Anwar to the
Parliamentary Rights and Privileges Committee to answer for his allegations.
The police have also banned a company said to employ former Israeli military
officers to work on its computerisation upgrading programme. They have also
promised to investigate Anwar's claims.
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'Suspicious elements' led to Asiasoft's termination
Hafiz Yatim | Apr 9, 10 6:08pm [extract]
Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein has conceded that there were problems
with a computer firm hired by the police headquarters in Bukit Aman and that
the company's services were terminated two years ago.
"For the record, the contract with the company Asiasoft (M) Sdn Bhd has been
terminated," said Hishammuddin at a press conference
in Putrajaya today.
He was responding to allegations by Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim who
accused the police of hiring a company which allowed Israeli military
intelligence agents to infiltrate the communications server room of the
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