Thursday, December 10, 1998 Published at 16:45 GMT
Anwar's wife launches reform group
Wan Azizah and daughter arrive at Anwar's trial
The wife of sacked Malaysian deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim has launched a new organisation to press for political, economic and social reform.
She said it would seek change through "peaceful, democratic means" - using the internet, as well as public seminars and peaceful assemblies, to enhance awareness of social reforms and basic human rights.
She said the group, of which she is president, would seek to register with the government as required under Malaysia's Societies Act.
The move is the first step towards establishing a formal role for the spontaneous movement known as "reformasi" that sprang up around Mr Anwar after his dismissal in September. the former deputy prime minister is currently facing charges of corruption and sexual misconduct in a trial that has gripped Malaysia.
After his dismissal, opposition parties and non-governmental organisations formed two groups calling for political and social change - the Malaysian People's Justice Movement (Gerak) and the People's Coalition for Democracy (Gagasan) - but they have not allied themselves directly with Mr Anwar.
'Yearning for change'
Wan Azizah said: "Adil should be a vehicle for unifying each and every group that yearn for political, economic and social change and reform in line with the principles of the constitution and the laws of the land.
Wan Azizah acknowledged that it was not a coincidence the group was launched on International Human Rights Day - Adil is a Malay word meaning fair, just or equitable.
Before it can hold meetings, Adil will have to be registered with the Home Ministry which is headed by Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.