The police investigation against Anwar Ibrahim for his call for an end to the current Emergency is unjustified and unwarranted.

It should be noted that Anwar has sought a judicial review to challenge, not the actions of the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong, but rather the advice that was tendered by the current government.

The lawsuit is hence against the government and not the institution of the monarchy.

Several other public figures have also filed lawsuits in regard to the current Emergency.

It should furthermore be noted that Anwar’s judicial review attempt mirrors a the challenge PAS had pursued in relation to the 1977 Emergency Declaration in Kelantan.

As such, the courts should be allowed to determine the merit of his legal arguments without interference from any other party.

As a citizen of Malaysia, Anwar has a right to seek legal redress for any wrongs that he believes has occurred in the public sphere.

Using the police force to investigate and intimidate a serving MP and Leader of the Opposition exercising his duty as check and balance of the government runs counter to the principles of democracy.

This remains even during a state of emergency.

As such, the investigation towards him cannot in any way be justified and ought to be dropped.

NIK NAZMI NIK AHMAD
KEADILAN CHIEF ORGANISING SECRETARY
SETIAWANGSA MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT

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