How innocent is Anwar Ibrahim?

Posted on 10 January 2012

In the mind of Singapore’s most prominent gay rights blogivist, he most likely isn’t.

By Belmont Lay

To state it plainly, I only take a very superficial interest in the Anwar Ibrahim case in Malaysia.

Most of what I follow about the trial up to this point is predominantly about how the media there plays it.

So, one thing I want to share is this headline by The Malaysian Insider that I find exceptionally funny in light of the sodomy charges against Anwar:

Mind you, this is a real news site that produces real stuff relating to the real world, unlike say, New Nation, for example.

It is not everyday you find the media choosing to use the word “hardened” on someone right after a sodomy trial where the accused was hauled to court in the first place for penetration.

You really can’t help feeling the media people up north do cheekily take the mickey out of folks by coming up with writing like this.

On a more serious note, if you have any doubts about Anwar’s guilt or innocence, I can point you in the direction of Alex Au’s blog.

Au is the owner of Yawning Bread, and he is, in all likelihood, Singapore’s most persistent and ferocious gay rights blogivist.

If you, like me, have seen many news reports shared on Facebook since yesterday regarding the jubilation of Anwar supporters after his acquittal, you might think this is the majority view in Malaysia.

However, it is most probably not the case and it is healthy to get a dose of skepticism from Au’s blog.

He stated in a post more than one year ago in December 2010, when the earliest Wikileaks cables were released, the popular opinion that Anwar did have sex with his male aide and it was a trap set up by political opponents that Anwar somehow walked right into:

Furthermore, Au contends, Anwar’s accuser, Saiful Bukhari Azlan, “looks totally gay”.

Hey, I mean, a gay guy talking about another gay guy?

Ipso facto, I take it in good faith that Au knows what he is talking about.

Maybe you should too.

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  • Sgcrystalball

    Agree.
    But the title and content do not relate to each other.

  • pLOkTa

    I wanted to read a good article backed up by facts stating a pro or con case for or against Anwar Ibrahim. At the very least, the article should cite references and take it from there. What I have read so far is a fluff piece that reads disjointedly and has no value whatsoever. As a writer, you waste people’s time instead of enriching it.