Missing Malaysian airline pilot connected to political opposition leader who claims jewish control
of Malaysian parliament then jailed for 5 years for sodomy
Anwar Ibrahim Malaysian opposition leader at the centre of airline disappearance
Pilot wears anti-government slogan t-shirt amid fears he hijacked missing jet
Anwar Ibrahim and the missing Malaysian airline
The history of Malaysia's political opposition may have a major bearing on the missing jet that has so far
failed to show up despite a massive sea search that has not shown any sign of a crash. The pilot
Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah was an ‘obsessive’ supporter of Malaysia’s opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim.
Hours before the doomed flight left Kuala Lumpur it is understood 53-year-old Shah attended a
controversial trial in which Ibrahim was jailed for five years for sodomy.
Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah wearing anti-government tshirt
Anwar Ibraham has made numerous remarks about a supposed conspiracy among the Malaysian government,
APCO (a public relations firm retained by the Malaysian government), Israel, and the United States.
Anwar has condemned the Malaysian government for seeking advice from APCO. He claims that the firm
is linked to the "murder of Muslims in Palestine."
He further claims to have given proof that APCO is a front for the Israeli government to a disciplinary
committee of the Malaysian parliament investigating his comments. On another occasion, Anwar, speaking
from the parliament, claimed that the firm was controlled by Jews and working on behalf of the American
government to influence Malaysian foreign policy.
He further implied that changes in Malaysian foreign policy
could only be explained if Jews were manipulating Malaysia for the United States.
On 22 April 2010 Anwar was censured by Malaysia's parliament for remarks he made during a press conference
in parliament on 30 March 2010. During the press conference, Anwar claimed to have documents linking
Malaysia, One Israel, and the public relations firm APCO but refused to allow access to the documents
when challenged The Malaysian government and APCO have both strongly denied Anwar's allegations. The censure
motion passed by the House of Representatives referred Anwar's case to the Rights and Privileges Committee
which will recommend a punishment for approval by the full chamber. Such punishment could include being
banned from parliament. However Anwar retaliated against the Malaysian government attacks by producing
the two documents to support his claims of links between APCO and 1Malaysia.
In a press conference at the London School of Economics Anwar made comments about Zionists and "nasty Jews".
In the press conference he also stated that, "There are good Jews, there are bad Jews, there are good Muslims
and bad Muslims."
In May 2010, B'nai B'rith International, a prominent Jewish human rights organisation condemned Anwar in a
letter to the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, claiming that Anwar was a "purveyor of
anti-Jewish hatred" and asked the American government to suspend all contact with Anwar.
2012 Israeli-Palestinian Security comments
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Anwar Ibrahim stated, "I think our policy should be clear--protect
the security [of Israel] but you must be as firm in protecting the legitimate interests of the Palestinians."
This comment sparked an array of criticism from Malaysia's ruling party, UMNO. UMNO member of parliament, Khairy
Jamaluddin, stated that Anwar's comments "show a blanket support for anything Israel does" and that "The issue of
Palestine is a top foreign policy priority for my party, it would be an issue during the election year or otherwise
timing doesn’t matter.".
Former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad said he was not surprised by Anwar's comments, and stated with regard to
Ibrahim's relationship with the Jewish community, "You can't be friendly with them and against them".
The opposition party PAS stated that it would respond to Anwar's comments on 12 February.
Later, Anwar was made to clarify his stand in which he said that the remarks were consistent with the
two-state solution that is accepted by the Arab world, as well as Malaysia and Hamas, the Palestinian government.
In response, Anwar responded by saying he supported a "two-state solution" with Palestine, a policy he said was no
different from the official stance adopted by the United Nations and Malaysia itself, "I am issuing a stern warning
to anyone trying to twist my statement just so that they can say that I have betrayed the aspirations of the
Palestinian people" and that his party's stance "is to defend the rights of whoever it is that has been victimized".
Views on gay marriage and homosexuality
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Anwar stated that he opposed gay marriage as he upholds the sanctity
of marriage between men and women but the laws on sodomy in Malaysia must be changed as they are "archaic".
In an interview with British Broadcasting Corporation, Anwar said Malaysia’s laws concerning homosexuality – which
imprison anyone found guilty of sodomy for up to 20 years, and also potentially expose them to strokes of the
cane and a fine – are "archaic," though he maintained he supports the sanctity of marriage between a man and a
woman. He earlier was asked by an interviewer on BBC whether he plans to abolish the set of laws penalizing
sodomy in Malaysia after he had been targeted by the laws twice.
Clarifying his comments to the Wall Street
Journal, Anwar maintained that he does not advocate legalizing homosexuality or making gay marriage permissible
— only that the laws should be amended to ensure private affairs are not penalized. "It is not my business
to attack people or arrest people based on their sexual orientation," he said. "Morality is in the public
sphere, not beyond that."