Berkahwin dan berhutang


Till debt do us part

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 24 ― Dr Farah’s wedding celebration last year comprised three receptions costing a whopping RM95,000 that forced her to take a RM15,000 loan even after getting financial help from her family.

The 30-year-old doctor, who asked to speak using a pseudonym, said that her father had sponsored RM15,000 for the reception at his home state in Kelantan, while her husband’s family spent RM15,000 for their wedding dinner in Putrajaya.

“My mum’s a doctor, my dad’s a doctor and three of us siblings are doctors. If we do a very simple wedding, people will wonder why we are doing a very simple wedding when we’re doctors,” Dr Farah told The Malay Mail Online in a recent interview.

“That was my mum’s thinking. My mum’s function was very grand. There were dancers, ‘silat’ (Malay martial arts) performers, an MC who was hired,” she said, adding that the third reception, which was for her mother’s side of the family in Selayang, cost RM30,000. There were separate receptions for her parents as they are divorced.

Dr Farah said that she and her 29-year-old husband spent another RM35,000 on items like dowry, a jazz band at one of the receptions, silat performers, accommodation for her in-laws who are from Johor, invitation cards, decorations, clothes, wedding rings and make-up.

Despite the exorbitant cost of the wedding, however, Dr Farah said that she and her husband managed to buy a condominium unit in Putrajaya.

Seasoned wedding planners say that the cost of an average wedding, across all races, has soared to above RM50,000, causing some couples to take out personal loans to pay for their nuptials if they are unable to get much financial support from their parents.

“To beat the ‘competition’, to ensure that their wedding is unique, special and better than a friend’s wedding before theirs,” Leticia Hsu, president and co-founder of the Association of Wedding Professionals (AWP), told The Malay Mail Online in a recent email interview, when asked why some couples spend more than they can afford.

“Back in 2008, wedding vendors were about 10 per cent lower in cost than they are now and even food costs were lower. Generally, a five-star hotel charged RM1,200++ per table. Now, that same hotel charges RM2,200++ per table,” added the director of honour of Elysium Weddings Sdn Bhd.

Prices quoted “++” denote that an additional service charge ranging from 10 to 15 per cent and government tax of 6 per cent that is yet to be tacked on.

Hsu, who has been in the business for almost 13 years, said that couples who get into debt to tie the knot usually borrow between RM30,000 and RM50,000.

A Chinese couple in their late 20s that did not want to be named, told The Malay Mail Online that they took out a staggering RM100,000 loan to finance their RM170,000 nuptials last June.

The wedding reception of the 27-year-old woman and 29-year-old man, an online business owner and marketing manager respectively, was held at a five-star hotel.

When asked why they got into such debt for their big day instead of having a smaller wedding, they simply said, “Parents issues”, without elaborating further.

Hsu said that the wedding reception (which comprises the venue, food, drinks and wedding cake) takes the biggest share of expenditure at 42 per cent, while other expenses include flowers and decoration, entertainment, the ceremony, invitation cards, bride and groom’s attire, accessories, hair and make-up, photography, videography, and other expenses.

“Generally, Chinese would spend more on the food, making sure the food is top quality. Malays and Indians spend more on decoration and invitations, making sure that they wow their guests at the reception and at the first impression,” said Hsu.

A typical menu for an eight-course Chinese wedding dinner includes dishes like appetisers, abalone soup, roast duck, steamed red grouper, sautéed tiger prawns, baby kai lan vegetables, steamed glutinous rice, and chilled sweetened sea coconut. Wine, hard liquor or beer is also usually served.

At Malay and Indian weddings, food domes, food stations and buffets are common, said Hsu.

According to wedding planners, the dowry given by the groom’s family to the bride’s side among the Chinese ranges from a few hundred to tens of thousands of ringgit.

For the Malay community, the dowry, or “wang hantaran” gifted by the groom to the bride’s family is between RM10,000 and RM18,000 for low to medium-range weddings, and RM50,000 for high-end weddings. Indian Malaysians, on the other hand, generally do not practise the dowry custom.

Hsu observed that the wedding industry is booming in Malaysia, but said she did not have specific figures.

“These days, almost everyone is a wedding planner,” she said.

Wedding planners are increasingly popular because of time constraints resulting from both partners holding down full-time jobs, according to Hsu.

“If you ask me to give you an educated guess, five out of 10 couples would get a wedding planner,” she said, but added that she did not have statistics on the number of couples hiring wedding planners.

Hsu, who mostly organises Chinese weddings, said that her fees start at RM10,000, adding that other wedding planners usually charge a minimum of RM4,500.

Another wedding planner, Nasrul Nasaruddin, said that the average Malay wedding costs between RM50,000 and RM80,000 if it is held at a convention centre or a tent. But the cost shoots up to RM300,000, or even a million ringgit if it is held at a five-star hotel.

“For five-star hotels, the standard rate is RM200 per pax, depending on the package,” Nasrul told The Malay Mail Online at a recent interview.

The founder of Nas Great Idea added that guests usually give RM200 “angpows” (envelopes containing cash gifts) at Malay weddings held at five-star hotels, breaking away from the tradition of giving gifts. If the wedding reception is held at a tent, both gifts and angpows are generally given.

Nasrul, who started his business 12 years ago, said that the Malay wedding reception is typically sponsored by the bride’s family. But if both partners live in different states, the groom’s family may also organise their own dinner. Inviting 1,000 guests to a Malay wedding reception is not unusual.

“For high-end weddings, they will have a ceremony at the bride’s, groom’s, for the media, VIPs. So, in total, three to five receptions. For politicians, they have receptions at their home state where they invite lots of people, up to 15,000,” he said.

Nasrul said that decoration is key for Malay weddings and described previous weddings he has organised, such as creating a glass floor with flowers underneath at the stage area where the “pelamin”, or the traditional wedding dais that represents the bridal couple as the king and queen sitting in state, is located.

“For high-end weddings, the decoration costs between RM100,000 and RM500,000,” he said.

“The trend now is for massive pelamin decoration that catches your eye. Five years ago, it was stiff pelamin decor ― flowers and pillars. Now, they transform the whole ballroom, like turning it into a garden of flowers, a Japanese garden with bonsai trees, Oriental with cherry blossoms, European with Roman pillars, or Minangkabau style, Javanese style, Acheh style, or Moroccan style with a dome and stained glass,” he added.

Nasrul, who mostly plans Malay weddings and some high-end Chinese or Indian ones, said recently that he is organising a “Chengdu style” wedding for a Chinese tycoon next year, with the ballroom lined with a structure resembling the Great Wall of China and transformed into a garden with pagodas.

The lavish wedding of celebrity couple Rozita Che Wan and Zain Saidin on December 11, dubbed the wedding of the year, was reported by Malay-language daily Harian Metro last month to have received a sponsorship of RM13 million.

The newspaper also reported that the actress would receive RM23,200 in “wang hantaran” and a wedding ring estimated to cost RM93,000.

“Wang hantaran” for the average Malay couple can be equally expensive, Dr Farah noted, saying that some of her friends had splurged on luxury watches and handbags that cost tens of thousands, despite not being able to afford them, as the “wang hantaran” is displayed prominently at the reception or ceremony.

“My friend bought a Maurice Lacroix watch, which cost RM20,000, even though he has only been working for two years,” said Dr Farah. “We live in a materialistic world.”

Excessive spending on weddings has also strained newlyweds’ relationships, with Dr Farah observing that some of her friends have even gotten divorced after splurging on their big day because of financial concerns over starting a family, or even buying a car.

Nasrul said that local weddings typically have a huge number of guests, unlike more intimate Western nuptials, because Malaysians fear offending others.

“Malaysians are very sensitive. If you hear that your friend is getting married, you will feel that there is something wrong if you’re not invited. That’s why they invite all,” he said.

He added that he charges clients between RM20,000 and RM30,000 on average to organise the decorations for their weddings, though his fees start at RM5,000.

According to Nasrul, honeymoons for Malaysian newlyweds, which are not included in the wedding expenditure, cost at least RM5,000 for local or South-east Asian spots, and above RM50,000 for trips to Europe, where the popular destinations are Paris and Rome.

Rajes Sivagamy, founder of Femina Bridal and Wedding Gallery, said that Indian weddings on average cost RM70,000 if the reception is held at a hotel, noting that costs can skyrocket up to RM200,000.

“A wedding is a big event. We can have 800 to 1,000 pax, 1,500 pax, or even 2,000 to 2,500 pax,” Rajes said.

“The trend now is to have the reception at the hotel,” she added.

Rajes, who has 15 years’ experience in wedding planning, said that unlike in India, Malaysian Indian brides do not adorn themselves heavily with gold jewellery because of the rising crime rate in the city.

“Now, 90 per cent is costume jewellery. They’ll wear family gold like a chain or a gold bangle, usually just one or two pieces. In March, robbers ambushed a bride’s house in KL and stole 80 pounds of gold,” she recounted.

“For Indians, gold is very important. But because of the situation, there’s no choice but to do away with it,” said Rajes, adding that gold at Indian weddings symbolises wealth.

As tying the knot becomes increasingly expensive, Femina offers personal loans, in co-operation with AmBank, at a minimum of RM35,000 to help cash-strapped couples have their dream wedding.

“We just started this in June. So far, we have 12 customers,” said Rajes, referring to clients who took up the loans.

When asked why couples did not opt for smaller weddings instead, Rajes said that they want to have an event as lavish as their friends’, or something a little more impressive.

“When a friend has done a wedding, it’s already bench-marked,” she said, adding that Femina charges clients 40 per cent of the total wedding cost.

A senior officer with a non-bank financial institution, who wished to remain anonymous, said that couples who get into debt to finance their wedding usually take out personal loans of between RM10,000 and RM50,000, noting that the practice cuts across race.

“If they want a bombastic wedding, they’ll borrow a lot,” he said.

A survey by The Malay Mail Online on wedding packages offered by hotels, convention centres and restaurants in the Klang Valley showed that prices range from RM600++ per table of 10 diners at the four-star Crystal Crown Hotel in Petaling Jaya, to almost RM3,000++ at the five-star Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Kuala Lumpur. Prices vary for Malay, Chinese, Indian and Western wedding packages. Mandarin Oriental also has a minimum requirement of either 25 or 30 tables, depending on the package.

The Oversea Restaurant’s Chinese wedding packages range from RM668 to RM1,398 per table.

A five-star hotel in PJ charges RM1,500 per table for a Chinese wedding package with a minimum of 25 tables. Wine costs RM180++ per bottle, champagne at RM250++ per bottle and beer at RM1,500++ per barrel, or 30 litres, while corkage for beer is RM500++ per barrel opened, wine or champagne at RM50++ per bottle opened, and hard liquor at RM80++ per bottle opened.

The Sime Darby Convention Centre in KL charges between RM989++ and RM1,388++ per table, depending on the type of cuisine, for a minimum of 50 tables.

Corina Chooi, 35, said that she spent between RM150,000 and RM200,000 to tie the knot in 2008, but added that she did not take out a loan for the wedding reception held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) that hosted 700 guests.

The homemaker, whose husband is a businessman, said that having a large wedding was unavoidable as her husband has a big family.

Chooi’s husband paid for a large portion of the wedding and received some financial help from his mother and Chooi’s family. Chooi and her husband live with her in-laws, as they require their sons and family to stay together with them.

She also said that it was unwise to start married life in debt, pointing out that buying a marital home and starting a family would incur even more expenses.

“You don’t need to have a big wedding to have a memorable wedding,” said Chooi.

Senarai nama mangsa nahas kemalangan bas ekspress, Muar Johor

(Utusan) Senarai 11 daripada mangsa maut kemalangan bas ekspres
24 Disember 2016 4:15 PM

Senarai 11 daripada 14 mangsa yang terlibat kemalangan di Kilometer 137.3, Lebuh Raya Utara-Selatan di Pagoh, dekat Muar, Johor, pukul 3.40 pagi ini.

1. Mohd. Hisham Wahab, 34
2.Nor Saidatul Akmal Idris, 21
3. Norfazillah Abu Bakar
4.Jasmine Kaur
5. G. Palanivelan, 32
6. V. Renugah, 26
7.Nur Amira Izzaty Mohd. Razip, 22
8.Abdullah Hadi Yusof
9.Wong Koh Chan, 32
10. Zakeer Zubir, 32
(pemandu bas)
11.Nur Natasya Zahara Zakeer
(anak pemandu bas)

Sudah dua bulan, Muhammad Rizqi!


Pejam celik, pejam celik dah lebih 60 hari usia Rizqi. Hari demi hari nampak perubahan watak Rizqi yang makin cerdik dan mengenali dunia terutamanya interaksi dengan dia, senyuman dan manja!

Masa sebelum kahwin lagi aku ada wish untuk nak hidup macam orang lain especially hidup macam mak ayah aku yang membesarkan aku dan sekeluarga. Alhamdulillah, lepas hampir setahun jadi suami, Allah bagi rezeki anak, satu lagi tanggungjawab sebagai seorang bapa.

InsyaAllah, tanggungjawab dan rezeki yang Allah bagi ni akan aku jaga sebaik-baiknya demi meneruskan kesinambungan hidup dan generasi baharu keluarga Suib! 

Dialah segalanya

Betul, seperti yang diungkapkan oleh kebanyakkan kawan kawan yang dah berumahtangga dan bercahayamata, enjoylah masa bahagia berdua sebelum ada pihak ketiga. Seperti yang depa dok cakap, lepas je ada anak, masa, tumpuan dan segalanya semua ke anak. Kalau boleh, taknak lepaskan satu saat pun masa untuk berenggang dengan anak sebab nak bagi perhatian dan ada dengan dia, nak pastikan yang terbaik untuk dia.

Sejak ada anak, kehidupan aku dan isteri makin bermakna. Bermaknalah, sebab kami merupakan ibubapa kepada Muhammad Rizqi yang dipertanggungjawabkan untuk jaga dia. Betul orang kata, perkara yang paling penting buat masa ni kalau balik rumah terus nak tengok anak. Nak tengok muka anak. Tu paling penting dan bermakna untuk setiap hari.

Rekod tumbesaran setiap hari

Terima kasih kepada teknologi, kerana teknologilah aku dapat ambil dan rakam detik detik yang berharga sepanjang masa selepas Muhammad Rizqi lahir. Daripada detik keluar daripada bilik bersalin, aku ambik setiap inci gambar anak aku. Tujuan? Untuk simpan, buat kenang-kenangan dan rujukan.

Kawan kawan ramai dok kata, wajah budak terutamanya baby berubah dari hari ke hari. Sebab tu kalau ambik gambar setiap hari, boleh tengok gambar perubahan. Oleh kerana tak percaya *dalam hati sebenarnya excited* nak tengok tumbesaran anak, setiap hari aku dan isteri ambil gambar anak. So far, untuk hari ini dah 60 hari lebih, perubahan wajah tu ketara lah kalau nak dibandingkan masa hari mula mula lahir!

Bila sudah bertiga

Selain diberi keutamaan, suasana hidup berdua aku dan isteri secara automatik berubah. Lepas je pantang, aku bawa anak dan isteri balik ke kampung Terengganu. Biasalah, nak tunjuk anak buah baharu kepada abang, kakak dan adik ipar disana. Nak juga bagi Muhammad Rizqi tahu yang dia ada kampung yang jauhhhhhh di pantai timur *Muhammad Rizqi memiliki IC orang Penang tau*

Dalam perjalanan pertama kami balik kampung bertiga, dalam hati aku terdetik, tak rugi sebenarnya aku beli Perodua Alza yang besar, yang pada dahulunya jadi point kenapa aku bujang tapi beli kereta yang besar? So, sekarang ni aku dah ada jawapannya. Dengan kereta besar, barang barang anak dan isteri mudah aku bawa dan tak jadi masalah untuk kemana – mana. 

Sekarang ni bila kemana mana, bawa baby kecik berjalan jalan kena ada macam macam. Kena bawa stroller, beg susu, dan lain lain lagi semuanya untuk si kecik. Pergi shopping complex, tak boleh dah guna tangga bergerak. Kena naik lift untuk senang bawa stroller baby bersama – sama.


Oleh kerana Muhammad Rizqi dilahirkan awal hampir sebulan dan dikategorikan sebagai late premature iaitu lewat pramatang, so dia kena buat pemeriksaan macam bayi pramatang yang lain. Bulan lepas, untuk umur satu bulan, aku ada bawa Muhammad Rizqi berjumpa dengan Pakar Kanak-Kanak Post Natal di Hospital Besar Pulau Pinang. 

Selain daripada pemeriksaan biasa untuk bayi post natal, Muhammad Rizqi kena check mata dan lain lain lagi. Sebagai ibu bapa baru, ini merupakan satu pengalaman dan cabaran yang aku hadapi untuk membesarkan anak. Satu demi satu check up kami jadualkan di kalendar kami untuk pastikan tak ada satu pun pemeriksaan kesihatan anak tak tertinggal.

Masa tengah tunggu giliran, ada lah dua tiga pesakit di Hospital Besar Pulau Pinang ada tegur tentang anak kami, “eh, kenapa baby kecik ni kena cek?”, “Kesiannya, kecik kecik pun kena check” dan macam macam lagi soalan dan perbualan yang dengar di corong teling kami. 

Apa yang buat aku tersentuh adalah, bila ada seorang pakcik datang menghampiri aku dan berbual tetang Muhammad Rizqi. Secara bersahaja dia bagi nasihat kat aku, suruh bersabar dan sambil berkata “Susah tak bela anak? Haa, sekarang baru hang tau macam mana susahnya mak ayah hang bela hang masa kecik. Sekarang, tau lah bertapa besarnya jasa, pengorbanan dan pahit jerit orang tua untuk membesarkan anak”

Syukur, Alhamdulillah

PM Turnbull : Australia should be republic after Queen Elizabeth


(Straits Time) SYDNEY (AFP) – Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has renewed his call for a republic, but only after Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, as he outlined a road map for breaking away from the British monarchy.

Turnbull – a staunch republican who led the cause before a failed referendum in 1999 – said his support for an Australian head of state stemmed from patriotism.

“The cause of the Australian Republican Movement (ARM) is a cause for Australia,” Turnbull said during a keynote address to the ARM on Saturday night (Dec 17).

“We do not diminish or disrespect the patriotism of those who take a different view, but we have no other motive, no other reason than love of country.”

The British crown’s power in Australia is seen as largely symbolic, and while the Queen is hugely popular Down Under, the monarchy is viewed by some as an anachronistic colonial relic.

Critics within Turnbull’s own conservative Liberal Party earlier in the week said his support for a republic would be damaging to the government.

But Turnbull said there was no appetite among Australians for another referendum during Queen Elizabeth’s reign.

“The less party political the republican movement is, the broader its base, the deeper its grassroots, the better positioned it will be when the issue becomes truly salient again,” the Australian leader added.

Opposition Labor leader Bill Shorten appeared to criticise Turnbull’s lack of action on Twitter following the speech.

“Climate change, marriage equality, housing affordability, now Republic too hard for Turnbull. Time for the PM to lead his party, not follow,” Shorten tweeted.

He also offered to “work together to deliver an Australian head of state”.

Support for a republic has wavered over the years, with a Fairfax-Nielsen poll in 2014 finding that 51 per cent of the 1,400 people surveyed favoured the status quo compared to 42 per cent supporting a republic.

Turnbull said question marks about how an Australian head of state would be elected – directly by the people or via a parliamentary appointment – had weakened support for a republic during the 1999 referendum.

He called for a two-stage voting process, with a plebiscite to determine the election model first before a referendum to decide on whether Australia should be a republic.

“We need to ensure that the Australian people feel they have chosen the model to be presented,” Turnbull said.

“Of course every member of the parliament is elected, but we cannot be blind to the levels of cynicism about politics, parliaments and governments. If anything they are greater today than they were back in 1999.”

Sultan Muhammad V, Kelantan lafaz sumpah jawatan Yang di-Pertuan Agong ke 15


(Utusan) KUALA LUMPUR 13 Dis. – Sultan Kelantan, Sultan Muhammad V hari ini me­lafaz sumpah memegang jawatan sebagai Yang di-Pertuan Agong Ke-15 dalam upacara penuh adat istiadat di Istana Negara, di sini.

Turut melafaz sumpah memegang jawatan ialah Sultan Perak, Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah sebagai Timbalan Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

Kedua-dua baginda dipilih oleh Raja-Raja Melayu pada Mesyuarat Majlis Raja-Raja Ke-243 (Khas) di Istana Negara, 14 Oktober lepas, bagi tempoh lima tahun bermula hari ini.

Sultan Muhammad V, 47, menggantikan Sultan Kedah, Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah yang tamat tempoh peme­rintahan sebagai Yang di-Pertuan Agong Ke-14 semalam.


Upacara di balairung seri hari ini bermula dengan Mesyuarat Majlis Raja-Raja Ke-244 (Khas) sempena Istiadat Melafaz Sum­pah dan Menandatangani Surat Sumpah Jawatan oleh kedua-dua Seri Paduka Baginda.

Mesyuarat Khas itu dipenge­rusikan oleh Sultan Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah.

Memulakan istiadat, Penyim­pan Mohor Besar Raja-Raja, Datuk Syed Danial Syed Ahmad tampil menyembahkan Surat Sumpah Jawatan kepada Sultan Muhammad V yang kemudian­nya melafazkan Sumpah Jawatan sebelum menandatanganinya.


Surat Sumpah jawatan itu kemudiannya ditandatangani oleh Sultan Terengganu, Sultan Mi­zan Zainal Abidin dan Raja Per­lis, Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Putra Jamalullail, sebagai saksi.

Penyimpan Mohor Besar Raja-Raja kemudian menyembahkan pula Surat Sumpah Jawatan kepada Sultan Nazrin yang kemudiannya melafazkan sumpah jawatan sebagai Timbalan Yang di-Pertuan Agong sebelum menandatanganinya.


Surat Sumpah Jawatan bagin­da turut ditandatangani oleh Sultan Mizan dan Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin sebagai saksi.

Selesai istiadat itu, Penyimpan Mohor Besar Raja-Raja kemudian memaklumkan bahawa Mesyuarat Majlis Raja-Raja Ke-244 (Khas) ditangguhkan ke suatu masa yang akan ditetapkan kelak.

Acara di balairung seri kemudiannya diteruskan dengan istiadat menandatangani per­isytiharan memegang jawatan oleh Yang di-Pertuan Agong dan timbalannya.


Memulakan istiadat itu, Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak yang diapit Datuk Paduka Maharaja Lela, Mejar Jeneral Datuk Md Tajri Alwi dan penolongnya Azuan Effendy Zairakithnaini menghadap dan menyembahkan Surat-surat Perisytiharan memegang jawatan untuk ditandatangani oleh Yang di-Pertuan Agong dan Timbalan Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

Najib kemudian membaca perisytiharan bahawa Sultan Muhammad V telah mengangkat sumpah sebagai Yang di-Pertuan Agong Ke-15 manakala Sultan Nazrin pula mengangkat sumpah sebagai Timbalan Yang di-Pertuan Agong.


Upacara penuh istiadat yang disiarkan secara langsung oleh Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) itu diakhiri dengan bacaan doa oleh Mufti Wilayah Persekutuan, Datuk Dr Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri.

Semua sembilan Raja-Raja Melayu atau wakil-wakil bagin­da serta tiga Yang Dipertua Negeri hadir pada upacara ber­kenaan, kecuali Yang Dipertua Negeri Sarawak Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud yang diwakili Speaker Dewan Undangan Sarawak, Datuk Mohamad Asfia Awang Na­s­­sar.

Turut hadir Timbalan Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, menteri-menteri besar, ketua-ketua menteri, menteri-menteri Kabinet, anggota Dewan Rakyat dan Dewan Negara serta pegawai tinggi kerajaan.

Setelah selesai upacara di balairung seri, Najib menge­tuai upacara menghadap diikuti menteri-menteri Kabinet serta orang kenamaan. – BERNAMA

Anwar Ibrahim kekal dipenjara lima tahun


(Utusan) PUTRAJAYA 14 Dis. – Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim kekal dipenjara lima tahun kerana meliwat Mohd. Saiful Bukhari Azlan selepas Mahkamah Persekutuan hari ini menolak permohonan semakannya.

Bekas Ketua Pembangkang itu gagal mengetepikan sabitan dan hukuman penjara tersebut yang dikekalkan oleh satu panel lain pada 10 Februari tahun lalu.  Setakat ini, beliau telah menjalani hukuman  penjara setahun 10 bulan.

Panel lima hakim mahkamah tertinggi negara diketuai oleh Hakim Besar Malaya, Tan Sri Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin mencapai keputusan sebulat suara itu selepas mendengar penghujahan kedua-dua pihak pada 12 Oktober lalu.

Pada peringkat ini, keputusan tersebut menoktahkan perjalanan kes liwat II wakil rakyat pembangkang itu yang berlarutan selama lapan tahun bermula dengan laporan polis yang dibuat oleh bekas pembantu peribadinya pada 28 Jun 2008.

Yang turut bersidang  Hakim Besar Sabah dan Sarawak, Tan Sri Richard Malanjum, Tan Sri Hasan Lah, Tan Sri Abu Samah Nordin dan Tan Sri Zaharah Ibrahim.  Bagaimanapun Hakim Malanjum tidak hadir hari ini kerana kematian ibu saudaranya.

Hakim Zulkefli ketika membacakan penghakiman itu antara lain menyatakan permohonan itu tiada merit dan tidak sempurna yang membolehkan mahkamah menggunakan budi bicaranya menyemak keputusan itu.

Anwar, 69, diwakili oleh pasukan peguam bela diketuai oleh Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram manakala Ketua Bahagian Perbicaraan dan Rayuan, Datuk Ahmad Kamal Md. Shahid mengetuai pasukan pendakwaan.

Beliau memohon menyemak dan mengetepikan keputusan panel terdahulu yang mengekalkan sabitan dan hukuman penjara lima tahun yang diputuskan oleh Mahkamah Rayuan pada 7 Mac 2014 kerana meliwat bekas pembantu peribadinya.


Anwar disabitkan meliwat Mohd. Saiful Bukhari, 31, di Unit 11-5-1 Kondominium Desa Damansara di Jalan Setiakasih, Bukit Damansara, di ibu negara di antara pukul 3.10 petang dan 4.30 petang pada 26 Jun 2008.