::The NST says :: UMNO won’t re-admit Anwar; it said that "this point was made by incoming UMNO president and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to all Barisan Nasional component party leaders at Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting." According to the NST sources, Pak Lah also told the Cabinet that there had been no deal made and that the administration had not interfered with the judiciary at all as far as Anwar's release was concerned.
Let us look at what Bernama has to say, it made the report under this headlines :: No Intention To Bring Anwar Into UMNO. The Bernama report quoted Pak Lah as saying, "I want to clarify that. I don't like this to go on and on and become an issue. That is not good as I have nothing to hide, why should I hide." He added saying he had no intention of bringing Anwar back to UMNO, he is quoted as saying, "Why should I be planning to bring him back immediately upon his release? Anwar has been going against us and he is an opposition member. Why should Pak Lah make this deal? Then this BUT, "But if you are talking about UMNO's decision, then UMNO's decision must be made by UMNO itself."
It is obvious that what Pak Lah, the latest unchallenged UMNO president-elect, said and what NST has reported him as saying are not the same, what Pak Lah really said is :: "I have no plans to bring Anwar back into UMNO. I explained this to them because they [the BN component party leaders] wanted to know." As for what UMNO will say, we will all have to wait.
The STS carries an AP report which quoted the NST report and spun it as :: Umno won't take Anwar back, says Abdullah . The STS further says that
The statement was the strongest indication since Anwar was released that the man who succeeded him as the heir to long-time premier Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad sees no place for his former rival in the ruling United Malays National Organisation (UMNO).
It has also pointed out that Pak Lah was cited at length in the newspaper [NST], which it says reflects government thinking, that the 2-1 court decision that overturned Anwar's sodomy conviction due to an unreliable key witness had not cleared Anwar completely of homosexuality. It concluded by saying that Anwar is aware that the homosexual issue could cloud his reputation and further says that Anwar has said he will consult with his lawyers to have references to homosexuality stricken from the verdict.
Reuters UK appears to have got the intention of Pak Lah regarding Anwar and UMNO right. See this report which says the following ::
"I have no intention of bringing him back to UMNO," Abdullah Ahmad Badawi told reporters after joining an aerobics workout on Sunday. "I did not make any deal with Anwar, no deal involving the party or relating to his release." Abdullah said UMNO had not taken any decision to bar Anwar from the party. "I haven't got that kind of formal reaction from the party, but on the basis of what UMNO leaders have been talking, I can make the conclusion that they are not keen to have him back.
But whatever eventually happens to Anwar, what the people see and decide regarding Anwar and his intentions will be the important thing. Whether Pak Lah has no intention or UMNO has no intention or whatever Anwar's intentions are, are not so important. Anwar has said so many things during his 6 years in the wilderness and during the brief period after obtaining his freedom. People keep your eyes and ears opened and we won't be blinded and fooled. People, let us be vigilant.
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