Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Mahathir denied permission to visit Anwar in hospital

Mahathir denied permission to visit Anwar in hospital

Mahathir, who earned a reputation during his 22-year tenure as prime minister of being a no-nonsense authoritarian with little time for dissenters promoting liberal values, stands to become the world's oldest leader if the opposition wins. "We also have to take the prison's viewpoint, whether or not such visits could result in bad implications towards the prison", he said. "On operational matters, I give my full trust to the departments under the Home Ministry", Datuk Seri Zahid, who is also Deputy Prime Minister told reporters.

The visit was supposed to be Dr Mahathir's first visit to the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) leader after the former was picked to be PH's prime minister if the opposition coalition wins the coming general election, which is expected to be called in the next few months.

Anwar is serving a five-year sentence for sodomy and is in hospital after undergoing surgery on his right shoulder in November.

Prisons Department director-general Datuk Seri Zulkifli Omar said the Prisons Department and the Sungai Buloh Prison had not received any official application from Dr Mahathir to visit Anwar at the hospital.

"Under Section 26 of the Prisons Act, he is still under the discretion of the prison officer in charge, which means the approval would depend on the officer", he said.

Mahathir denied permission to visit Anwar in hospital
Mahathir denied permission to visit Anwar in hospital

It also named PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as the candidate for deputy prime minister.

"There were visits made to Anwar by the Selangor and Penang chief ministers in the past where they had applied and were granted permission".

Zulkifli added that Anwar's family members were given priority to visit him at the hospital.

Kayveas also said that the opposition leaders who once branded Dr Mahathir as a dictator and wanted him to step down as the prime minister for having held the post for too long had nominated him to be the prime minister again.

"I only needed a minute to meet (Anwar), not more. Therefore, he remains governed by prison rules, and any approval for visits can only be given by the prison", he said. "There was no intention to talk about politics", he wrote on his blog.

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