“‘I do not interfere in operational matters. It (the prohibition) was not a ministerial order. The authority rests with him (Sungai Buloh Prisons director),” said Zahid after the monthly assembly of the ministry here.
Anwar, 71, is serving a five-year jail term at Sungai Buloh Prison after the Federal Court upheld a Court of Appeal ruling that reversed his acquittal on a sodomy charge. He is due for early release on June 8 due to good behaviour.
Prisons Director-General Datuk Seri Zulkifli Omar said that the department and the prison had not received any official application from Mahathir. Every application for the purpose of a meeting will be considered based on the premise of urgency and importance.
But he said special visits between prisoners and certain people were considered based on the Prisons Act, Prisons Regulations and a permanent order of the Commissioner-General of Prisons. — Bernama