October 16, 1997 |
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's allegations that a Jewish conspiracy helped cause his country's currency plunge are not only preposterous but harmful, a senior U.S. official said Wednesday in the strongest foreign response yet to the claim. Mahathir's allegations came in the wake of a monetary crisis that has devastated a number of Southeast Asian currencies since July.
September 22, 1997 |
At the annual World Bank conference over the weekend, two men on opposite sides of the region's economic crisis--the speculator and the statesman, the accused villain and the alleged victim--had a showdown, firing off words like "moron" and "menace." "It's 'High Noon' in Hong Kong," said a World Bank official.
September 22, 1998 |
Thousands of demonstrators demanding reform clashed with police in Malaysia for a second day Monday, challenging the authority of their autocratic prime minister, Mahathir Mohamad, the longest-serving leader in Southeast Asia.
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September 30, 1997 |
The world's top leaders almost never ask me for advice. But it's clear, to me at least, that a few of them could use it. So here's some, whether they want it or not: * Malaysia's prime minister needs to idle that motor mouth of his. True, in his 16 years as the nation's leader, Mahathir Mohamad has done much for his country. Not that much lately, though.
October 10, 1998 |
The White House has quietly downgraded the status of President Clinton's planned trip to Malaysia for a 21-nation economic summit next month to avoid appearing to endorse the increasingly repressive rule of Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, according to senior U.S. officials. In a sign of U.S. displeasure with Mahathir's heavy-handed policies after 17 years in power, aides said Clinton will not "officially" visit Malaysia while he attends the Nov.
November 3, 1998 |
Two months after his career crashed in a scandal that shook Malaysia, Anwar Ibrahim stood Monday before a judge and jury of one to defend himself against charges of sodomy and corruption. "I'm in good health and expecting a good trial," the former deputy prime minister and finance minister said before hugging his wife and six children. Unlike the last time he appeared in court, with a black eye and bruises, he bore no apparent signs of police mistreatment.