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Anwar Ibrahim
Spelling Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim
  Datuk Seri Anwar
Gender Male
Ethnic Malaysian
Job Malaysian Politician
  PKR Politician
  ex UMNO Politician
  Malaysian Minister of Finance
  Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia
Desc Anwar Ibrahim first rose to prominence in the 1970s as a radical Islamic student leader, taking part in protests over rural hunger that earned the first of his three jailings by Malaysia’s authoritarian regime. He was held for 20 months under a draconian security law. But he later shocked many associates by joining the ruling United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), and eventually caught the eye of Mahathir, the tough leader who dominated politics from 1981 to 2003 and has continued to exert formidable influence

Affiliation

Political Party Parti Keadilan Rakyat [PKR]
  UMNO [ex]
Faction Peoples Alliance

Relationship

Wife Wan Azizah
Daughter Nurul Izzah Anwar
Enemy Mahatir Muhammad
  Najib Razak
  Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
Lawyer Sankara Nair
Aide Saiful Bukhari Azlan

Notes

Parti Keadilan Rakyat It translates to ‘Peoples Justice Party’
Penang Anwar Ibrahim was A member of Parliament from Penang
Fifty Reasons Why Anwar Ibrahim Cannot Be Prime Minister A pamphlet which was widely circulated soon before he was sacked. Anwar successfully sued the author
Saiful Bukhari Azlan Anwar’s male aide who said his was sodomize by Anwar Ibrahim
Altantuya Shaariibuu Shaariibuu’s father had visited him and presented a long list of points and unanswered questions about her death. There is allegation that Najib Razak was connected with her death, rumored to have been his mistress, whose body was blown up with explosives in a remote area
1998 09
Anwar Ibrahim was sacked and led public protests against Mr Mahathir. He was arrested and eventually charged with sodomy and corruption
1998 09 20
Mr Anwar was arrested by police and Malaysian police chief Abdul Rahim Noor assaulted him while he was in a prison cell that evening
1999 04
Anwar Ibrahim was jailed for six years for corruption relating to alleged sodomy
2000 07
Anwar Ibrahim was sentenced to further nine years for sodomy - alleged to have had sex with five men
2002 07
Anwar Ibrahim loses appeal against corruption conviction
2004 09
Anwar Ibrahim was freed after winning appeal against sodomy conviction

2006 01 27 Retrieve

[Mahatir Muhammad said about Anwar Ibrahim: ‘Imagine having a gay prime minister. Nobody would be safe’. Mr Anwar said in a statement that Dr Mahathir remained] defiant in repeating his allegations. I am now left with no choice but to proceed with this suit

2008 07 01
Supporters of Anwar Ibrahim hanging a poster of him at a rally in Selangor state, showing a black eye inflicted in a severe beating by former Malaysian police chief Abdul Rahim Noor

2008 08 07 Retrieve

[Anwar Ibrahim formally charged with sodomy] It is a malicious allegation and I am not guilty. This is clearly a political game. The charge is meant to embarrass me and nothing else

2018 05 16
Anwar Ibrahim was released from prison after receiving a royal pardon, initiated by the new prime minister under whom he was first sent to prison - Mahathir Mohamad

2018 05 16 Retrieve

[At a news conference on his release] Now there is a new dawn for Malaysia. I must thank the people of Malaysia. The entire spectrum of Malaysians, regardless of race or religion, have stood by the principles of democracy and freedom. They demand change

2018 05 16 Retrieve

[Just three years ago, Anwar’s career seemed finished, once again, when he was jailed on charges of sodomising a young male aide - the second time he had faced such charges. He said at the time] Going to jail, I consider a sacrifice that I make for the people of this country. I have fought most of my life on behalf of the people of this country - for the people, I am willing to go to jail or face any other consequence

2018 09 02 Retrieve

[Former Malaysian police chief Abdul Rahim Noor, who gave politician Anwar Ibrahim the infamous black eye by assaulting him in 1998, has been appointed a special government envoy, causing dismay to members of Datuk Seri Anwar’s Parti Keadilan Rakyat] I know some consider this as a personal issue but we need to remember because we are now talking about a former IGP and criminal behaviour (involving him). We also need to know that space should be given to Tun Mahathir as Prime Minister to determine what is best. In this regard, it is not just about Anwar’s case. On the other hand, lessons can be learnt by others

2018 10 13 Retrieve

[The Malaysian election commission said Anwar received 31,016 votes. His closest rival secured only 7,456 votes. Anwar said his huge margin of victory was unexpected and called it a convincing win] This to my mind is an important milestone, a vote of confidence for the government and the reform agenda, and the prime minister personally

2019 04 26
Mr Anwar Ibrahim speaking during a conference in Singapore

2019 04 30 Retrieve

[Anwar Ibrahim advices Malaysia’s royal houses to respect Pakatan Harapan and Tun Dr Mahathir] It is our duty to advise all, including royal households, to respect the people’s mandate and the fact that the PM and the government have the mandate to govern. There can be views and criticism but if you do it, there will be a response. You invite further criticism

2019 09 17 Retrieve

[Anwar Says He Will Succeed Mahathir as Malaysia Prime Minister Around 2020] There’s an understanding that it should be around that time, but I don’t think I should be too petty about the exact month. But there is this understanding that he will resign at the appropriate time

[Anwar dismiss reports that Minister of Economic Affairs Azmin Ali or Mukhriz Mahathir, the prime minister’s son, would be considered for the role instead of him] There’s no sign of any party introducing or promoting or lobbying for other names. This does not stop other individuals with ambitions with their own design. And this to me is quite irrelevant. Whether it has been discussed, whether it has been given legitimacy, the answer is no

[Anwar reserved his strongest comments on the impact of the forest fires burning in Indonesia] We should feel outraged and I consider this an ecological warfare. It is not a small matter. It is affecting essentially millions of our people. We have to be stronger, regardless of whether it’s Malaysia, Singapore or Indonesia - I mean these are big companies. Why are we not making sure they are being held accountable and at least bear part of the cost

2019 11 20 Retrieve

[PKR president Anwar Ibrahim asks Mr Azmin to explain what happened when he had a meeting with 22 opposition Umno and five PKR MPs] Surely we will ask for his explanation. It has created a lot of questions from our partners so he should come forward to give his side [of the story]

[Asked in what capacity Mr Azmin met the opposition lawmakers] That is why we want his explanation whether it is representing the government or party. If it is based on his capacity as the government, why weren’t other lawmakers invited?

[When he was pressed on whether the meeting was appropriate after the PH loss in the recent by-election, Mr Anwar said] Sometimes our friends do not learn from our experience like the huge defeat in Tanjung Piai