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Exclusive Interview With The PKR President: An Unforgettable Date: 21 September 1998

Sin Chew Daily - Despite it was long time ago, but PKR President Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Ismail still showed her fear in her eyes when she talked about the day when her husband, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was being arrested.

When being asked about the date, she answer without a doubt: “21 September 1998”. It was a day that will never be forgotten.

After Anwar was being arrested, she was living in the fear and was afraid of “forever lossing her husband”, but the sudden change has made her stronger. Her first thought was: how to protect the children? Her children would have no one to depend on if she collapsed too.

Bad news came from the prison were indeed her nightmares.

“One day, some one knocked the door early in the morning and told me with tears all over his face that Anwar was dead ! What? I don't believe it! I said:' No! No! I wouldn't believe you until you see my dead body.'”, said Wan Azizah.

She rushed there and saw Anwar was covered with a white cloth, she thought he was dead. Fortunately, it was just a false alarm.

She described: “I remember clearly that it was 21 September 1998 and I nearly collapsed the time when Anwar was being arrested. It was the darkest and hardest time in my life as my husband was suddenly treated like a terrorist. They came and brought him. I heard some charges on him, corruption, malfeasance and even...something about sex. The only thing that came to my mind at that moment was, how to protect my children? They were still very small and I might not be able to answer them if they asked me about their father.

“The children did asked about their father. But I tell them that their father didn't do anything wrong. I explained to them and at the same time, I tried to maintain our lives as before so they wouldn't feel too miserable,”she added.

Wan Azizah kept visiting Anwar in the prison over all these years. And now Anwar was released and is able to fight again in politics.

She recalled those days with a smile: “We met once a month or a week. Food were not allowed but I still brought him some covertly by hiding here and there. I tried to bring him some of his favourite food or chocolates. ”

Sometimes, we must accept the misfortune and respond to a tragic life with humour. That is how Wan Azizah and her children went through the miserable period in their lives. (Sin Chew Daily)




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