KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 10 — Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today he was not allowed to visit Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim at the Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital.
The former prime minister claimed that the order barring him from visiting Anwar came from “high level” authorities in the Home Ministry.
“I wanted to visit him after he had undergone his shoulder surgery in November.
“I felt sad because I just wanted to meet him to say thank you for his support in nominating me as a candidate,” he said when addressing the media outside the hospital.
“They (prison department personnel) only said they received orders from someone up high — which means the minister of Home Affairs — that I’m not allowed to see Anwar,” Dr Mahathir said.
Some 30 Prisons Department personnel led by the Sungai Buloh prison director Abdul Kadir Rais were stationed outside Anwar’s ward barring entry.
Dr Mahathir added that his decision to visit Anwar had nothing to do with Pakatan Harapan’s endorsement of the former as its prime ministerial candidate in the 14th general election.
“I wanted to visit him just to thank him for everything, it had nothing to do with the announcement,” he added.
Accompanying Dr Mahathir was PPBM Youth chief Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman and PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar.