Anwar’s die-hard-fan upset after cold shoulder treatment

Jamil (left) and Anwar during happier times.

Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR — February 26, 2019: An ardent supporter of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has penned a heartfelt entry on Facebook, expressing disappointment after Anwar gave him a cold shoulder when they met on Sunday.

In his entry, Jamil Ismail, who claimed to be an Anwar’s supporter for the past 20 years wrote that he was crestfallen because despite him having an appointment, the PKR president could not even spare five minutes to listen to his plea to save a cat shelter.

“My appointment was at 10am. I came to his office at 9.30am. I waited at the lobby and saw him entertaining some other guests. I waited from 10am to 8pm. Then, Anwar came down but he was rushing to a programme in Port Dickson.

“I was told by his secretary to wait at the exit. He just came to me, shook my hand, took the document that I had prepared and went off. It was so upsetting. I wasted 20 years helping him, I was fired (from my jobs) 12 times because of my involvement with him,” wrote Jamil.

The member of Otai Reformasi – a non-governmental organisation that once advocated the release of Anwar from jail- wrote that the incident had opened his eyes to the ugliness of the PKR leadership and vowed to never again seek their help.

Jamil, who was a personal assistant of former prime minister Tun Hussein Onn also shared a 45-second video of the alleged “cold shoulder” that he received from Anwar in his Facebook entry.

The shelter, which he was trying to save doubles as a cat park at Jalan Kerja Ayer Lama, Ampang Jaya here. 

The tangle over it started just after its completion in December 2017 when the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) repossessed the premise following protests by residents in the area. 

The premise was then earmarked to be a service centre for Bukit Antarabangsa assemblyman, Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, who is currently the Economic Affairs Minister.

In October last year, MPAJ president Datuk Abdul Hamid Abdul Hussain said the local council will not change its decision on the matter and was unable to offer alternative space for the cat shelter due to “insufficient land within its municipality”.

In his latest entry, Jamil wrote that a family member of Anwar had asked him to “be patient and wait until Anwar becomes the prime minister.”

“I told the person that I have had enough. I asked for his help not for the sake of myself or my family. I did it for the sake of the stray cats,” wrote Jamil, who currently owns over 120 cats, a dog and two monkeys.



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Zaidi Azmi

Zaidi Azmi

If Zaidi Azmi isn’t busy finding his way in the city, this 26-year-old northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make sense of the Malaysian political scene. Zaidi can be reached at zaidiazmi91@gmail.com.