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)