After comparison with Najib’s prison treatment, Anwar insists he did time before hospitalization

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PKR chairman Anwar Ibrahim said he had no qualms about Datuk Seri Najib Razak receiving treatment, but suggested he serve ten years in prison first. — Photo by Shafwan Zaidon

By Syed Jaymal Zahiid

Sunday 25 September 2022 13:02 GMT

KUALA LUMPUR, September 25 – Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim yesterday defended himself against allegations that he received special treatment in prison after critics alleged hypocrisy in the way supporters of Pakatan Harapan have questioned the care given to imprisoned former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak.

At a talk in Perlis last night, the MP for Port Dickson said he had no qualms about the former Umno chairman receiving treatment but suggested he should serve ten years prison before being transferred to the Cheras Rehabilitation Center (HRC) in Bandar Tun. Razak here.

“Umno asked how come Anwar can go to HRC but Najib can’t? Najib can be admitted but serve ten years in prison and then leave. I was alone in the prison cell befriending lizards, cockroaches and mosquitoes,” malaysia the weekend edition reported Anwar as saying.

“If he (Najib) really has a health problem, it’s a different situation. So I want the doctors to explain first if Najib indeed has a condition, if he does, then it’s fine,” said added the president of PKR.

Najib has been in and out of prison for treatment and was recently admitted to the same hospital just a month after the Federal Court upheld a High Court conviction and 12-year prison sentence, fueling rumors about preferential treatment.

Authorities have denied the allegations.

The prison department, in response to the rumours, had defended its decision to allow Najib to stay in Cheras hospital for several days, saying that all prisoners had the right to receive medical treatment.

The health minister told reporters shortly after that Najib had been released and was now back in Kajang prison.

Anwar served three prison terms and spent 11 years in prison for two sodomy charges which he said were false.

Critics have alleged that the PKR president spent at least two-thirds of his prison term either in hospital or outside his cell.

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