Last edited: September 06, 2004

Anwar Gets Passport Within One Hour

The Star, September 4, 2004

By K.Saithuruka

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim obtained his new international passport within an hour at the Immigration Department in Pusat Bandar Damansara yesterday.

His diplomatic passport has become invalid.

“I am happy now. I can leave for Germany for my back treatment. For six years, I did not have my passport. Prime Minister (Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi) said I’m a free man,” he told reporters when he was wheeled out of a special room at the department yesterday.

He was supposed to have left for Munich, Munich, Germany yesterday to seek treatment but the trip has been rescheduled to today.

The former deputy prime minister, 57, arrived in a gold Mercedes Benz at the department at 9.30am accompanied by his wife and Keadilan president Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, party vice-president Azmin Ali and Youth chief Mohamed Ezam Mohamed Noor, an ambulance and other supporters.

A crowd gathered at the department from 9am when news that Anwar was going to apply for his passport spread.

When he arrived, the crowd surged forward to greet him.

Anwar was then wheeled to the special room at the second floor, where he waited an hour to get his new passport valid for five years.

He looked cheerful and even told photographers around him:

“Cukup lah tu, (That is enough), “ he said, before being whisked away to a lift at 10.30am.

Azmin said German specialist Dr Thomas Hoogland, who has apparently done more than 8,000 endoscopic surgeries, was expected to treat Anwar at the AlphaKlinik in Munich Germany.

“He wants to go for the endoscopic surgery as soon as possible,” he said.

Ezam said: “He was in a very jovial mood yesterday and today but he is in severe pain.”

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