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Published: Friday December 6, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Friday December 6, 2013 MYT 10:04:15 AM

Anwar 'shows up' at assembly after 15 years

OPPOSITION leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim made his first “appearance” at the Umno general assembly 15 years after his sacking, much to the amusement of the delegates at the Putra World Trade Centre.

Even party president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak stopped midway through his policy speech to “give way” to the PKR adviser.

Anwar made his “appearance” through several multimedia footage of his speeches and press conferences that were shown during the opening of Umno general assembly.

It was Anwar’s first “appearance” at the AGM since his sacking in 1998.

In the footage, Anwar was clearly heard saying that 40,000 Banglade-shis had voted in the 13th general election.

Clippings of various reports from PKR quoting Anwar on the same issue were also shown.

The video was shown after Najib mentioned that the claim of 40,000 Bangladeshis having voted in the country’s general election was a mystery that needed to be solved.

Anwar, in a recent press conference at the Parliament lobby, had denied making the claims after Najib mentioned it in the Dewan Rakyat.

Anwar claimed that what he had said was that dubious voters were being flown into the country on chartered flights.

“We have explained and we have conducted a search, and nowhere does it state that I claimed there were 40,000 Bangladeshi voters.”

He also said Najib had confused the rakyat when he made the statement.

After the footage was shown, Najib joked that during his official visit to Dhaka recently, he had “thanked” Bangladesh Prime Minis­ter Sheikh Hasina for her country’s help in sending so many of its people to Malaysia as voters.

“Sorry to say, Sheikh Hasina was shocked and was shaking her head, she denied that anything like that happened,” he laughed.

“It shows just how fond the opposition leaders are of telling lies and writing untruths,” said Najib.

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Tags / Keywords: Politics, Umno, Anwar Ibrahim

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