September 11, 1999 |
Jailed politician Anwar Ibrahim was hospitalized for tests after his lawyers claimed that Malaysian authorities were poisoning him with arsenic. Karpal Singh, Anwar's lawyer, said secret tests on the former deputy prime minister's urine proved that the 52-year-old politician, who has been in jail for nearly a year, has a high level of arsenic in his body. "I suspect some people in high places, in all likelihood, are responsible for his condition," Karpal said.
April 24, 1999 |
He wouldn't put it quite this way, but the past year has been a bit mystifying to Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who has towered over Malaysian politics as none before him and whose legacy, until an economic crisis, had seemed assured. Why would Malaysians call for one of Asia's longest-serving leaders to resign after all he's done for them? Why would his most trusted ally, a man he created politically, turn on him?
April 14, 1999 |
About 300 supporters of sacked finance minister Anwar Ibrahim shouted anti-government slogans today as he arrived at a capital courthouse to hear the verdict in his landmark trial. Anwar, who has been in detention since his arrest in September, arrived at the High Court at 8:30 a.m. in a police jeep. Supporters across a small river from the courthouse shouted "Reform!"--the rallying cry of anti-government groups aligned with Anwar--as he entered the courthouse.
April 14, 1999 |
Seven months after he was fired as Malaysia's deputy premier, arrested and beaten unconscious by the chief of police, Anwar Ibrahim was convicted on corruption charges today and sentenced to six years in prison. The verdict, rendered by High Court Justice Augustine Paul--who served as a judge and jury of one during the 78-day trial in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia's capital--came as no surprise.
April 5, 1999 |
The wife of Malaysia's jailed former No. 2 leader launched a political party Sunday, calling on the opposition to unite to topple Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. The wife of former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, and a roster of the country's top political activists joined forces in launching the National Justice Party.
February 5, 1999 |
Malaysia lifted a ban on foreign portfolio investors taking money out of the country, seeking to restore international confidence and attract the funds it needs to rebuild its shattered economy. Fund management firms--including Jardine Fleming and Aberdeen Asset Management Asia Ltd., with $18 billion trapped in Malaysian stocks and bonds since capital controls were imposed in September--will be able to take their money out of the country, paying a graduated "exit" tax of as much as 30%.