Tun Mahathir barred from visiting Anwar

10 Jan 2018 / 20:34 H.

KUALA LUMPUR: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was disallowed by the authorities to visit Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
Speaking to the media outside the Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital clinic, Mahathir said the hospital security had received orders from "higher up" to not allow the visit.
"My visit to see Datuk Seri Anwar was disallowed.
"They (prisons department personnel) only said that they have received orders from someone high, which means the Minister of Home Affairs that I'm not allowed to see Anwar," Mahathir said.
Mahathir, who has been nominated by Pakatan Harapan (PH) to be the next prime minister should the pact win the upcoming elections said he only wants to thank Anwar for supporting him in the cause.
Mahathir said it is very important for him to meet Anwar in order for the former to express his gratitude.
"I just want to say thank you to him (Anwar) because, in PH, we have to reach consensus on everything.
"And of course Anwar has a long history of confrontation with me. It's not easy for him to accept and achieve consensus by approving the designation of me as the PH representative -should we win- to hold the post of prime minister," Mahathir said.
Mahathir arrived at the Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital at about 4.30PM.
He was disallowed to enter Anwar's ward by Sungai Buloh Prison Department led by its director Abdul Kadir Rais and 30 other personnel.
Mahathir, however, said that he had never applied for visitation rights from the authorities.
"I am saddened by this incident because never in my time (as prime minister) which they have labelled me as a dictator, have I disallowed any social visits.
"But in this so-called democratic government, we can't even visit a person," he said.


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