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introduces new party salute
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illness strikes Anwar trial
in bid for 2008 Olympics
protest negative public image
strikes Anwar trial
|A mystery illness struck the Anwar Ibrahim
sodomy trial this month, causing key witnesses to suffer severe psychological
problems that prevent them from testifying in court. According to a medical
doctor who refused to be named, the medical term for the condition is "Trialtestiphobia"
and causes sufferers to experience "an intense, consuming and persistent
fear of appearing in court to testify at the Anwar Ibrahim trial"
The first to suffer from the strange ailment was Prime
Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who successfully avoided making a court appearance
last month. The latest to fall victim to the disease were Finance Minister
Daim Zainuddin and Deputy Education Minister Abdul Aziz Shamsuddin, who
this month applied to set aside subpoenas served on them to testify at
"This phobic anxiety causes the victims physiological
symptoms such as a rapid, pounding heartbeat, stomach disorders, nausea,
diarrhea, frequent urination, choking feelings, flushing of the face, perspiration,
tremulousness, and faintness," the doctor explained. "They should
avoid strenuous activities such as horse riding."
He added that sufferers are also unable to confront their
fears and avoid the situation or object that causes the fear. They walk
around in a daze, mumbling repeatedly "I am in no position to give
any relevant or material evidence or personal knowledge of any person or
persons planning to end the political career of Anwar Ibrahim."
Daim and Aziz: latest victims
Malaysia in bid for 2008 Olympics
Shooting water cannon to be made an Olympic event
|The Sports Ministry is confident that Malaysia's vast
experience in handling major international sporting events would make it
an ideal venue for the 2008 Olympic Games. This was in response a statement
by Prime Minister Mohamad this month said that he hoped Kuala Lumpur will
be successful in its bid to host the Games.
A Ministry spokesman who refused to be named said special world record-breaking
events were being planned. "For example, we hope to attempt the first-ever
parachute landing on the South Pole by having a team jump from the top
of the Dataran Merdeka flagpole."
He said that the experience of the Commonwealth Games
in 1998 had given them many innovative ideas. "Among the popular highlights
of the Commonwealth Games that year, for example, were the massive street
demonstrations that erupted in the wake of the Anwar arrest, which many
tourists found more interesting than the sports events themselves. We hope
to repeat that unique tourist experience by proposing news sports events
for the Olympics such as Shooting (Water Cannon), Street Running, Tear
Gas Canister Throwing, Boxing With Riot Policemen and Karate With Blindfolded
and Handcuffed Opponents."