Anwar's trial via blogs. Anwar Ibrahim is using his blog to the maximum.
Since the start of the Sodomy II trial on Feb 2, he has posted 21 articles. Many of these articles are commentaries and editorials cut-pasted from foreign media, including the writings by Ku Li, the RM100 billion Barry Wain, and Munawar Anees. All are supportive of Anwar or sympathetic towards him. Each one could help him win the court of public opinion.
There are cries for Reformasi! One posting today calls Anwar supporters to gather at the Jalan Duta courts when trial enters its second week to "rekindle the flames of Reformasi" and ensure that DSAI does not go to jail again (see Screenshot above).
The postings are unabashedly Malaysia-bashing. Despite the fact that this trial is between an individual (Saiful) and an another individual (DSAI), the guns are fired at Najib, the man standing in Anwar's way to become the prime minister, Najib's government and public institutions. The courts, the police, the AG's prosocutors and the mainstream media are the enemies. Anwar's postings focus on conspiracy, a cruel regime, how Malaysian democracy is on trial instead of Anwar, and that this is fitnah dan rencana jahat kerajaan.
"Homosexual sodomy .. shamefully remains a crime in Malaysia". The latest article posted on Anwar's blog is an editorial in the Washington Post headlined Why the prosecution of Anwar Ibrahim matters to the West (quotes above cut-pasted from this editorial).
The editorial suggest that if Anwar were to go to jail there would be "street demonstrations that could destabilize the country" and so that is why, it adds, "the Obama administration and other Western governments interested in stability in Asia should make clear that the imprisonment of Mr. Anwar would be ... not in Malaysia's interest."
And we thought RPK and Kalimullah were bad spinmasters!
As I publish this posting, Anwar's accuser Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan has not posted any article on his blog since the start of the trial.
Well, not yet I'm told.
p.s. I have decided to place both Anwar and Saiful's blogs under the special title "Blogs on Trial" on my blogroll and they there will remain until the hearing ends. That way, readers can easily click on accuser and accused's blogs to see what they're up to as the trial goes under way. DSAI is also active on Twitter, I'm told.