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Ummi: I Respect The Court’s Decision

The Star, September 4, 2004

KUALA LUMPUR: Businesswoman Ummi Hafilda has urged Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to work towards national reconciliation now that he has been freed of a sodomy charge by the Federal Court.

“He must come back to the right track. He must think carefully now of what is best for him, not just politically, but for the country,” she said, adding that much had changed over the past six years.

Saying she respected the court’s decision, Ummi added that she did not want to be drawn into any controversy. She also said that she had avoided the media because the “Anwar episode is over.”

Ummi, 37, who was a witness in Anwar’s sodomy and corruption trial, said she had stuck to her principles when she spoke up.

“My conscience is clear. Whatever the perception of the people of me, I can only say that only God knows the truth and we will leave it to the Almighty.

“I have no grudges against anyone nor do I have any intentions to hurt anyone’s feelings. I wish Anwar the best in his future endeavours, including his possible return to politics,” she added.

Ummi is the sister of Anwar’s former private secretary Azmin Mohd Ali, and is the author of a letter entitled Perihal Salahlaku TPM (About the Deputy Prime Minister’s Misconduct) to former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

The letter alleged that Anwar was a homosexual and corrupted.

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