Malaysia: Opposition icon Anwar gets royal pardon, released from prison

Investors had anticipated the bearish reaction to Dr Mahathir Mohamad becoming prime minister once more

After having the conviction overturned in 2004, Anwar became a leading figure in the opposition, a movement that ultimately toppled the 60-year rule of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) led coalition on Wednesday.

Anwar served as Dr Mahathir's deputy and finance minister before being removed from his post and incarcerated on sodomy and corruption charges, which human rights groups and foreign governments criticised as being politically motivated.

Two years later, his ascension to deputy prime minister all but anointed him as Malaysia's future leader.

He served as deputy prime minister and finance minister under newly-elected Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad during the latter's first tenure as leader, and was seen as Mahathir's heir-apparent until he was sacked in 1999.

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The volatile relationship between Anwar and Mahathir, from friends to foes to allies, has dominated Malaysia's political landscape for more than three decades and is central to the future of the alliance.

PKR secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution said Anwar was expected to be released after the Pardons Board meets at 11am tomorrow to discuss the application for his release and full pardon.

Mahathir, who was premier for 22 years until 2003, left the ruling party he once led to join a four-party coalition that scored a stunning victory in last week's elections.

Anwar began his five-year jail sentence in February 2015 after the Federal Court upheld his guilty verdict on the charge of sodomising his former personal assistant.

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His daughter Nurul Izzah Anwar has said the pardon was sought on the grounds of miscarriage of justice.

"It all depends on the investigations being made and whether there is a case against him or not".

In a U-turn past year, Anwar shook hands with Mahathir and agreed to join forces to oust scandal-tainted Najib.

Anwar said he bore no ill-will against Najib as well, but added that latter must answer to the charge of "injustice" to the people.

"I have given my assurance, I am here as a concerned citizen to give complete support to manage the country on the understanding that we are committed to the reform agenda, beginning with the judiciary, media and the entire apparatus", Anwar said in a news conference at his home after he was freed from custody.

Anwar, who needs to contest a byelection to become a member of Parliament, said he doesn't want any Cabinet posts yet as he plans to spend time with his family and travel overseas for speaking engagements.

But observers had failed to gauge the depth of disgust with former leader Najib Razak, who stands accused of presiding over the plundering of a state investment fund he established. "If there is no case against him, we don't go for detention without trial", Dr Mahathir was quoted as saying in the report.

"By declassifying the file, Dr Mahathir is showing Malaysia and the world that he means business and is very serious in getting to the bottom of 1MDB", says Ahmad Martadha Mohamed, an associate professor at Universiti Utara Malaysia.

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