Convo last thing on Izzah’s mind

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  • Sunday, 05 Sep 2004

KUALA LUMPUR: With her father due to leave for Germany in a few hours, the convocation was the last thing on Nurul Izzah Anwar’s mind. 

“She wanted to stay home with her father but papa forced her to attend the convocation,” said Nurul Izzah’s husband, Raja Ahmad Shahril Iskandar Raja Salim, as they were surrounded by her beaming mother, sisters, relatives and friends. 

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, released from prison on Thursday, had not been well and could not attend the graduation. 

An ecstatic Nurul Izzah, 25, who graduated with a Bachelor in Electrical and Electronics Engineering (Honours) from Universiti Tenaga Nasional (Uniten) said:  

“This is nothing compared to the best gift, having papa back and free. It is what I’ve been dreaming of.” 

Nurul Izzah:'Now I just want to focus on helping my father get better'


To cap what had been a hectic week for the family, Nurul Izzah also received the Best Student in Science Award from the Malaysian Islamic Science Academy on Thursday. 


It was at her father’s insistence that she had pursued her studies. 

“Even in married life, I remember that it was my father’s principles that brought me here today and I stand by those principles,” she added. 

Asked if she would now consider going into politics full time, she said: “Now I just want to focus on helping my father get better.” 


The choice of going into politics will be hers to make, said her mother, Permatang Pauh MP Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail. 

As for Raja Ahmad Shahril Iskandar, the decision had to come from Nurul Izzah.  

“I have no reservations. In this day and age, women can be leaders too and I will let her make up her own mind,” he said. 

Nurul Izzah was among the 1,000 graduates who received their scrolls yesterday.  

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