July 5, 2008

Déjà vu For Malaysia's Anwar?

Malaysia is once again in the news and the headlines worldwide have featured the story of Malaysia’s former Deputy Prime Minister and de facto leader of the Pakatan Rakyat (Peoples’ Pact) alliance Anwar Ibrahim being accused of sexual misconduct – as he was in 1998.

During the turbulent years of 1998-1999 when Malaysia was caught in the midst of the Asian financial crisis and the meltdown of the ‘Tiger economies’ of Southeast Asia, Malaysia’s woes were compounded by the dismissal and subsequent arrest of Anwar Ibrahim who was accused of abuse of power and sexual misconduct by his erstwhile mentor, Dr. Mahathir Mohamad. The controversy then took an enormous toll on the public’s confidence and after he was finally released many a revelation has come to light about the questionable manner in which he was investigated, prosecuted and jailed. For the past few years, the judicial and governmental institutions of Malaysia have been slowly trying to rebuild their image and win back the confidence of the public, until this happened.

This time round, Anwar has once again been accused of sexual misconduct by a young party worker. A police report has been filed, and the Malaysian police have stated that a proper investigation will take place in due course. Anwar’s supporters have been quick to react, claiming that there have even been rumours that Anwar’s life is in danger. Over the weekend Anwar has taken refuge at the Turkish embassy – a move that has now entangled Turkey, an important ally of Malaysia and a move that has attracted the attention of the world media. In less than 24 hours, news of the developments in Malaysia have become headline news worldwide.


- Farish Noor, The Other Malaysia

The following videos on the Anwar trials in 1998 will remind Malaysians the questionable and despicable means which were used to tarnish the reputation of Anwar. Such methods must never be allowed to be used again.

Part 3

Part 5

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