Not The New Straits Times

March 16 - 31, 2000

Published twice monthly


Two-month jail sentence sparks outrage

UMNO introduces new party salute

Anwar charged with causing grevious hurt

It was just a few friendly punches, says Rahim aide

Melaka to introduce apartheid

Mysterious illness strikes Anwar trial

Malaysia in bid for 2008 Olympics


Police protest negative public image

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Mystery illness 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 the trial.

"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."