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Media Statement by Lim Kit Siang

By Parliamentary Opposition Leader, DAP Secretary-General and MP for
Tanjong, Lim Kit Siang, in Petaling Jaya on Friday, September 10,
1999:

Malaysians are shocked by the court revelation today that former
Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is suffering from
suspected arsenic poisoning, which may explain his unusual weight loss
as well as hair loss and DAP calls for a completely independent
medical examination into the physical well-being of Anwar one year
after incarceration.

Anwars second trial was adjourned this morning when his counsel,
Karpal Singh said at the outset that the defence team had received a
pathologist report from Melbourne certifying that there was an
excessive level of the poison in Anwar's urine.

A year ago, any suggestion of arsenic poisoning of a prisoner
particularly one who had held as high a post as Deputy Prime Minister
would have been unthinkable.

But so many incredible things have transpired in the past 12 months
which had made the nation suddenly aware that important and
independent institutions of the state had been so subverted and
compromised that such a suggestion is no more unthinkable to
substantial sections of the Malaysian people.

This is especially the case when a person who had just held the high
post of Deputy Prime Minister could be assaulted in the very inner
sanctum of the police high command not only until blue-back in the eye
but within an inch of his life, and by none other than the then
Inspector-General of Police as well as the vengeful and vindictive
manner in which "thorns" in the eyes of the powers-that-be are
persecuted and victimised.

Lim Kit Siang
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