By Annabelle Lee

The US government was today urged to continue pressuring for the release of jailed de facto PKR leader Anwar Ibrahim and to help him seek medical attention overseas.

(To read this article on Malaysiakini click here.)

Otai Reformis, an NGO made up of activists from the Reformasi era in the late 90s, accompanied by Anwar’s daughter Nurul Nuha, handed over a memorandum to the US embassy in Kuala Lumpur this morning.

They met US political counselor Tressa Finerty, with whom “they had a very frank discussion”, said Ronnie Liu, a member of the NGO.

“We urge the US to continue seeing Anwar as a prisoner of conscience, and also hope the US can help send Anwar overseas for surgery,” he said.

According to Liu, the US embassy authorities told them that the US would continue highlighting Anwar’s case and continue seeing him as a prisoner of conscience.

Nurul Nuha later explained that her father was in need of a reverse shoulder replacement surgery, which would not be suitable to be conducted in Malaysia, due to the “politically motivated charge against him”.

According to her, the family is allowed to visit Anwar once every three weeks at the Sungai Buloh prison, where he is serving a five-year jail term over a second sodomy charge in 2015.

The US has previously written about Anwar’s imprisonment, including on his second jailing for a sodomy charge in 2015 in its Human Rights Report that year, and called the trial “controversial” and politically motivated.

Anwar’s family and supporters have organised various events and rallies urging his freedom.