TIMELINE: Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy case

TIMELINE: Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy caseAsia Sentinel has followed Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy case since it broke in 2008. See our previous stories on the case: July 2008: Were the Anwar Sodomy Charges Faked? A medical report surfaces saying the male aide who filed charges against the opposition leader wasn’t molested August 2008: Anwar’s Sodomy Charge Complicates Political Struggle Economy may…

Anwar ‘Guilty’ Again in Malaysia

Anwar ‘Guilty’ Again in MalaysiaThe guilty verdict against Anwar Ibrahim in a Malaysian court Friday was met with derision even by government supporters, who worry it could boost the opposition leader's political standing and damage the ruling Barisan Nasional. Anwar was sentenced to five years in prison and granted bail awaiting further appeal. The long-running case, which was on…

Malaysia Sodomy Case Flawed from Day One

Malaysia Sodomy Case Flawed from Day OneAnwar Ibrahim’s Sodomy II trial, which ran almost two years before ending in 2012, was built on flawed evidence, procedural mistakes, tainted witnesses and reports of political collusion with the current prime minister, and was condemned internationally by legal scholars and human rights activists.   He was eventually acquitted for lack of evidence only to…

Malaysia’s Allah Issue Seen from Afar

Malaysia’s Allah Issue Seen from AfarLike other friends of Malaysia overseas, I have followed the controversy over the use of the word "Allah" with interest, but also with great concern. For I believe that this issue, if left unchecked, has the potential to tear Malaysia and the dream of "Bangsa Malaysia" apart. While there are racial and religious issues in…

Fund Scandal Looms in Malaysia

Fund Scandal Looms in MalaysiaPolitical insiders in Malaysia say Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak could be facing a fresh political crisis due to the murky dealings of a sovereign fund established five years ago to drive investment in strategic domestic industries. A widening circle of critics, fed in part by exhaustive reporting on independent news sites such as Malaysiakini,…

Fiasco Looms for Malaysia’s Ruling Coalition

Fiasco Looms for Malaysia’s Ruling CoalitionOne of Malaysia’s most respected polling organizations is expected to release figures over the next few days showing that support for the ruling Barisan Nasional from all three of the country’s major ethnic groups is dropping steeply, to the point where if an election were held today,  the national coalition would be buried in a…

Malaysia’s Sarawak Strongman Steps Back

Malaysia’s Sarawak Strongman Steps BackAbdul Taib Mahmud, alleged to be one of the world’s great resources looters, reportedly is scheduled to end his 33 years as chief minister of the East Malaysian state of Sarawak. But don’t count on it. Probably whoever replaces him will have the same emasculated relationship that Russia’s Boris Medvedev had with Vladimir Putin. The…

Malaysia’s Anwar Takes a New Dare

Malaysia’s Anwar Takes a New DareThe surprise decision last month by Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim to push aside Khalid Ibrahim, the respected chief minister of Selangor, one of the country’s two biggest states, and try to take the post himself is a complex gamble. Among other things, it is designed to preserve or enhance Anwar’s standing as a national…

Is Time Running Out for Najib?

Is Time Running Out for Najib?Forces aligned with former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad appear to be attempting push embattled Malaysian Premier Najib Tun Razak into giving a time frame for his eventual departure from office and naming a successor, sources in Kuala Lumpur say. The sources say that successor could be hard-line Home Affairs Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, 61, who…

Mahathir Wing of UMNO Turns The Screws on Najib

Mahathir Wing of UMNO Turns The Screws on NajibPressure is continuing to rise against Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, the latest in the form of an exclusive interview with Mahathir scion Mukhriz in the Malay-language newspaper Berita Harian Sunday expressing concern that the ruling national coalition could lose the next national elections under Najib’s guidance. Mukhriz’s statement, carefully couched to describe Najib’s…