Anwar Ibrahim’s verdict
We find PW1 (Saiful) to be a credible witness… A mere denial (from Anwar) does not mean it could be accepted. A political conspiracy allegation remains unsubstantiated.
Arifin Zakaria, Chief Justice, delivery its verdict on Anwar Ibrahim’s appeal in the Sodomy II case
In bowing to the dictates of your political masters, you have become partners in the murder of the judiciary. You chose to remain on the dark side. I will not surrender.
Anwar Ibrahim, PKR de facto leader, lashing out at five-member Federal Court judges
Anwar chose to give no more than a statement from the dock. Unlike his victim, he refused cross-examination. This was his right under the law, but a right he used to attack the prosecution, the judges and his former colleagues in the government.
Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, lead prosecutor in Sodomy II trial
Today is another black mark in our country’s history, a repeat of the same tragedy that befell Anwar. For that, the people must see this as a move to severe Anwar's political march and stop him from becoming the people’s champion. It is thus important that everyone puts their confidence in PAS to fight for the implementation of shariah law in the country, including upholding the Islamic way of life. We need to be united, in harmony and diversity. Only then can we be strong to topple Barisan Nasional.
Tuan Guru Abdul Hadi Awang, PAS President
Anwar Ibrahim’s last words
For PKR, I want our friends to strengthen Pakatan (Rakyat) together with PAS and DAP such as our consensus (permuafakatan). Our strength must be preserved. Do not allow anyone to threaten and weaken us.
Anwar Ibrahim, PKR de facto leader, offering his last words in a hastily recorded message after the Federal Court upheld his conviction and five-year jail sentence for sodomy
The next opposition leader
It was never formally discussed before but DAP did mention that if Anwar goes to jail, then the opposition leader post should go to Lim as they have the most number of seats in Parliament.
Rafizi Ramli, PKR secretary general
Where do you get the news? We haven’t decided anything.
Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, PKR president, on news that his deputy Azmin Ali would be made the next Opposition Leader replacing Anwar
Critics are being demonised by the mainstream media, by certain individuals and politicians who had lost. Critics risk their property being seized and auctioned, they may be bankrupted. I am now being accused of forcing the government to do the things which should not be done. And there are many more complaints about the state which would give it a rotten smell. But not to worry, we will get use (sic) to the smell.
Dr Mahathir Mohamad, insisting there is something ‘rotten’ in Malaysia