August 5, 2001 |
The son of the spiritual leader of Malaysia's opposition Islamic fundamentalist party was arrested under harsh internal security laws that have netted 10 people in two days. Nik Adli Nik Abdul Aziz, a religious teacher, was arrested in part of a sweep that the police say is aimed at crushing a little-known militant group accused of waging a violent campaign to install a hard-line Islamic state. Nik Adli, 34, is the son of opposition leader Nik Aziz Nik Mat.
April 5, 2001
More than 1,000 people filled the streets of this capital to greet a jailed politician Wednesday, cheering, "We are with you!" as Anwar Ibrahim returned home under heavy guard for his mother's funeral. Despite warnings not to turn Anwar's brief furlough into a political event, about 250 people scuffled with police later in the day at the grave site in Kuala Lumpur. They blocked the path of the ambulance carrying Anwar away from the funeral.
March 4, 2001 |
More than 25,000 opposition supporters gathered in Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's home state Saturday, pledging to end the leader's 19-year control of the Southeast Asian nation. The crowd, mostly Malay Muslims who were once Mahathir's primary backers, gathered in the town of Jitra, about 300 miles north of the capital, Kuala Lumpur. "Our political attitude is growing mature," Abdul Hadi Awang, vice president of the fundamentalist Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party, told the crowd.
July 7, 2000 |
After nearly two years of scandal and lurid revelations, the courtroom sex saga of former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim is nearing a close, leaving this conservative country a bit shellshocked. Ariffin Jaka, who is both judge and jury, abruptly ended the marathon trial in late June and ordered lawyers to submit closing arguments in writing. He hopes to rule this month on whether Anwar sodomized his chauffeur as charged and, if so, on the punishment.
November 21, 1999 |
Jailed former Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim decided not to run in elections Nov. 29, dealing a setback to the opposition. But the four-party opposition for the first time closed ranks behind common candidates to boost their chances against candidates from Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's coalition. "Anwar feels that it is not worth it [to run] because he will be disqualified," lawyer Zainur Zakaria said.
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.