When dawn breaks, Anwar Ibrahim will rise to the prospect of spending a minimum of five years in prison.
But tonight, he takes to the stage under the floodlights of Padang Timur in Petaling Jaya to rally his supporters.
This is the final leg of his nationwide road show, and it could be the 67-year-old opposition leader’s last public appearance should the apex court dismiss his appeal and uphold his conviction.
As always, Anwar has maintained a brave and jovial disposition even as the clocked ticked down to the Federal Court’s verdict on his final appeal tomorrow.
Last week, he joked with journalists covering one of his events, telling them not to look downcast.
He also revealed how he had told his worried granddaughter that “bad people were sending her grandfather to prison”.
The prosecution has appealed for a stiffer sentence, arguing that the Court of Appeal’s five-year jail term was not sufficient.
Like his first sodomy charge, which led to Anwar spending five years in prison, the opposition leader has claimed that the second is also a fabrication.
He has claimed to be the victim of a political conspiracy, an allegation which his rivals have dismissed.
Anwar was accused of sodomising his former aide, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan in 2008. – sumber MalaysiaKini