Anwar is jubilant, says Wan Azizah


KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (file pic) is feeling "very jubilant" following Pakatan Harapan's GE14 victory, says his wife Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

"I am very happy to note that when I met my husband he was in a jubilant mood.

"He followed the events of the new prime minister and how Pakatan Harapan winning has created history and that he is part of it," she said in an impromptu press conference at the Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital after meeting Anwar here on Friday (May 11).

Wan Azizah, who is set to be deputy prime minister, said although Anwar was not directly involved in the elections, he had contributed to it.

It was the first time she had met her husband since May 9.

"Even though he was a spectator this time and not in the ring, he contributed to this change in government," said Wan Azizah.

When asked about his health, she said "he has a bit of a problem with his arm, but I think it's all forgotten in the mood of the victory".

About his release, Wan Azizah said that there were prison rules and regulations to adhere to.

Anwar, 69, was sentenced to five years' jail for sodomising Mohd Saiful Bukhari, 30, at Desa Damansara condominium in Bukit Damansara on June 26, 2008.

The Putrajaya Federal Court had upheld Anwar's conviction on February 10, 2015 and meted out the punishment of five years jail starting February 10, 2015.

Because of good behaviour, Anwar was slated to be released on June 8.

Wan Azizah said that the royal pardon was important as it would allow him to actively participate in politics immediately.

"We had an audience (with the King) and he actually expressed his personal wish to free Anwar as soon as possible," she said.

Media personnel and a number of supporters were waiting at the hospital after now-debunked rumours spread about Anwar's impending release on Friday.

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