KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 4: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim left for Munich tonight and is expected to undergo spinal microsurgery at the Alpha Clinic on Monday. He left on a Malaysia Airlines flight to Frankfurt tonight, and was accompanied by his wife Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Ismail, son Mohd Ihsan, Parti Keadilan Nasional vice-president Azmin Ali, personal physician Dr Halili Rahmat and two assistants.
Anwar was freed after six years in jail when the Federal Court overturned his conviction for sodomy on Thursday.
In Munich, he will undergo endoscopic surgery by Dr Thomas Hoogland for a prolapsed spinal disc. He will return here after a month.
At a Press conference at his home today, Anwar said he did not mind working with the Government, if he was invited to do so.
He noted that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had taken the initial step to introduce reforms but said that the role of civil society to pressure for such reform was also important.
"I, in my political career, have never stood against the spirit of co-operation. I support any change for the benefit of Malaysians," he said.
Midway through the Press conference, things turned emotional when Anwarâ€™s daughter Nurul Izzah appeared at his side before leaving for her convocation ceremony at Universiti Tenaga Nasional (Uniten).
Anwar told her: "Iâ€™m sorry I cannot be there. You have made me proud. You deserve it."
In Pekan, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the Government has accepted in good faith Anwarâ€™s offer of co-operation.
He said that co-operation from any Opposition leader had always been welcomed as it could help in the effort to strengthen the country and unite the people.
"Even though we may have conflicting ideas and different ideology, in certain matters we can always co-operate with one another," he said after visiting the family of a policewoman who died in a road crash on Merdeka Day at Pramu Jaya near here today.
On Anwar's statement that he will lend such co-operation based on his Reformasi struggle, Najib said: "We have to see first what he means by that."
â€˜Maaf, saya tidak bersamamu, sayang!â€™
KUALA LUMPUR: â€œMaaf, saya tidak bersamamu, sayang!â€� Kata Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim sambil bergenang air matanya ketika memeluk anak sulungnya, Nurul Izzah yang lengkap berpakaian jubah untuk menghadiri majlis konvokesyen, semalam.
Peristiwa sebak itu berlaku secara spontan di depan kira-kira 50 wakil media tempatan dan asing yang menghadiri sidang media bekas Timbalan Perdana Menteri itu di kediamannya di Bukit Damansara di sini, pada jam 1.10 petang.
Nurul Izzah, 24, muncul kira-kira tujuh minit selepas Anwar memulakan sidang akhbar, terus memeluk dan mencium tangan bapanya sambil tidak dapat menahan sebak.
Nurul Izzah bersalaman dan memeluk bapanya sebelum pergi menghadiri majlis konvokesyen di Universiti Tenaga Nasional (Uniten) yang dijadualkan pada jam 3 petang semalam.
Kesedihan bercampur kegembiraan itu turut dirasai oleh pihak media yang hadir apabila ada di antaranya tidak dapat menahan air mata.
Sebaik Nurul Izzah beredar, Anwar memberitahu pihak media bahawa anak sulungnya itu mencatat keputusan cemerlang dan beliau amat sedih kerana tidak dapat menghadiri majlis konvokesyen anak sulungnya itu, memandangkan keadaan kesihatan yang tidak mengizinkan.
â€œDia mendapat anugerah pelajar terbaik. Anda boleh dapatkan pengesahan daripada Uniten. Konvokesyen amat penting untuk anak-anak dan sebagai bapa saya berasa sedih kerana tidak dapat berada bersamanya,â€� katanya.
Nurul Izzah yang mengambil Kejuruteraan Elektronik dipilih sebagai penerima Anugerah Pelajar Muslim Cemerlang Uniten bagi tahun 2003.
Dalam sidang media itu juga Anwar meminta semua pihak supaya mendoakan beliau selamat menjalani pembedahan di Alpha Clinic, Munich, yang dijadualkan esok (Isnin).
â€œSaya minta semua mendoakan saya dan saya ucapkan terima kasih kepada semua yang telah memberikan layanan baik. Terima kasih kepada pihak media yang amat baik terhadap saya selepas sekian lama.
â€œSaya juga berterima kasih kepada semua kakitangan dan pegawai perubatan Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL) terutama di Jabatan Neurologi dan Fisioterapi yang sentiasa melakukan yang terbaik untuk saya serta mencadangkan supaya pembedahan saya disegerakan.
â€œSaya juga berterima kasih kepada pihak penjara Sungai Buloh yang telah melakukan yang terbaik untuk memastikan saya menerima rawatan sewajarnya sepanjang dalam tahanan,â€� katanya.
Sementara itu, ketika ditanya sama ada beliau memaafkan Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, beliau berkata: â€œYang sudah tu..sudahlahâ€�.
Berita Harian, Malaysia
Convo last thing on Izzahâ€™s mind
KUALA LUMPUR: With her father due to leave for Germany in a few hours, the convocation was the last thing on Nurul Izzah Anwarâ€™s mind.
â€œShe wanted to stay home with her father but papa forced her to attend the convocation,â€� said Nurul Izzahâ€™s husband, Raja Ahmad Shahril Iskandar Raja Salim, as they were surrounded by her beaming mother, sisters, relatives and friends.
Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, released from prison on Thursday, had not been well and could not attend the graduation.
An ecstatic Nurul Izzah, 25, who graduated with a Bachelor in Electrical and Electronics Engineering (Honours) from Universiti Tenaga Nasional (Uniten) said:
â€œThis is nothing compared to the best gift, having papa back and free. It is what Iâ€™ve been dreaming of.â€�
To cap what had been a hectic week for the family, Nurul Izzah also received the Best Student in Science Award from the Malaysian Islamic Science Academy on Thursday.
It was at her fatherâ€™s insistence that she had pursued her studies.
â€œEven in married life, I remember that it was my fatherâ€™s principles that brought me here today and I stand by those principles,â€� she added.
Asked if she would now consider going into politics full time, she said: â€œNow I just want to focus on helping my father get better.â€�
The choice of going into politics will be hers to make, said her mother, Permatang Pauh MP Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
As for Raja Ahmad Shahril Iskandar, the decision had to come from Nurul Izzah.
â€œI have no reservations. In this day and age, women can be leaders too and I will let her make up her own mind,â€� he said.
Nurul Izzah was among the 1,000 graduates who received their scrolls yesterday.
The Star, Malaysia
AG: Congrats to her.