Crowd gathers to hear Anwar’s first speech as a free man - Nation
Anwar's first sodomy charge was in 1998, when he was the deputy prime minister and protégé to the then-prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. Following the charge, Dr Mahathir sacked Anwar from Cabinet and it then triggered the formation of PKR and the reformasi movement. Pakatan’s shock victory in GE14 had then paralysed Barisan Nasional and the subsequent return of Dr Mahathir as prime minister had stunned the world. Yesterday (May 15), Dr Mahathir in announcing Anwar’s release, said that the 70-year-old would have to contest a parliamentary seat after being pardoned and could then possibly be appointed to the Cabinet. Dr Mahathir added that he would later play a role “in the background” after stepping down.