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Keyword: Anwar Ibrahim

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News & Analysis

Mahathir is Back!

Waseem Shehzad

Ramadan 16, 14392018-06-01

The 92-year-old former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad is back in power ousting his former protégé, the scandal-ridden Najib Razak.

Editor's Desk

Defections raise Anwar’s hopes in Malaysia

Editor

Shawwal 14, 14332012-09-01

Are the political fortunes of Anwar Ibrahim, a former deputy Prime Minister who fell out of favour with Dr Mahathir Mohammad, about to change? Recent developments in Malaysia have boosted his party’s hopes.

News & Analysis

Rift in PAS as theories abound over “conservatives” and “liberals”

Abdar Rahman Koya

Rajab 08, 14302009-07-01

What started as a media manufactured rift in Malaysia’s Islamic Party (PAS) soon became real after its top leader openly condemned a section of the leadership who has been in talks with the ruling UMNO.

South-East Asia

Sleaze clouds Mahathir-endorsed new prime minister

Abdar Rahman Koya

Rabi' al-Thani 05, 14302009-04-01

In the ongoing political drama that has played out over the last decade, more so since the opposition’s impressive gains in last year’s general elections, the government imposed a three-month ban on one of the country’s most widely circulated newspaper, Harakah, the bilingual voice of the Islamic Party (PAS), which now controls two of the five states the opposition alliance captured last year.

South-East Asia

Anwar’s strong stance over Ghazzah and PAS’s by-election victory

Abdar Rahman Koya

Safar 05, 14302009-02-01

By-elections in Malaysia are fought with the same vigor, if not more, as the general election. Why this is so remains a mystery, especially when the ruling party still has a comfortable majority in parliament despite the drubbing it got in the general elections last March.

South-East Asia

Abdullah’s early exit and Anwar’s failure to take over raise the spectre of Mahathir’s return

Abdar Rahman Koya

Dhu al-Qa'dah 02, 14292008-11-01

The creases from his predecessor’s seat had hardly settled when Abdullah Ahmad Badawi announced on October 9 that he would step down as prime minister and president of the ruling United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) in March 2009.

South-East Asia

Anwar rises above allegations of immorality to challenge the foundations of UMNO rule in Malaysia

Abdar Rahman Koya

Ramadan 01, 14292008-09-01

If the trend of powerful political parties expiring after fifty years’ rule is anything to go by, then Malaysia’s ruling United Malays National Organisation(UMNO), in power since the country’s independence from Britain in 1957, had better be prepared.

South-East Asia

Malaysian politics in turmoil as Anwar Ibrahim faces another government smear campaign

Abdar Rahman Koya

Rajab 29, 14292008-08-01

Four years ago Anwar was almost a spent force in Malaysian politics. When he was released after a court’s acquittal in September 2004, amid the jubilation that he would provide the leadership needed for an opposition in disarray, there was still no guarantee that another attack against him would not resurface, despite the failed campaign of prime minister Mahathir Mohamad to taint his character.

South-East Asia

Malaysia’s opposition coalition learning lessons in democratic politics

Abdar Rahman Koya

Jumada' al-Akhirah 27, 14292008-07-01

It has become a political tradition for the performance of a government to be evaluated once it has been in power for a period of some three months or a hundred days. This is usually taken as the time required for the new administration to bed itself in; problems encountered before this time has elapsed can often be conveniently attributed to the previous regime.

South-East Asia

Malaysia’s ruling party shaken by unprecedented election setbacks

Abdar Rahman Koya

Rabi' al-Awwal 24, 14292008-04-01

That there are now two ruling coalitions in Malaysia – UMNO’s and another led by Anwar Ibrahim (pic, left) – aptly describes Malaysia’s post-election reality. For the first time, the opposition’s credibility is being put to test at the governing level.

South-East Asia

Malaysia prepares for an unusually issue-driven general election

Abdar Rahman Koya

Safar 23, 14292008-03-01

As Crescent goes to press, intense campaigning is under way in Malaysia for the general election on March 8. The election was called by prime minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi after almost a year of speculation that turned out to be correct: that it would be held before April this year.

South-East Asia

Malaysians wait as government hesitates over election date

Abdar Rahman Koya

Dhu al-Hijjah 22, 14282008-01-01

As Crescent went to press, Malaysians were still awaiting announcement of the date of the country’s general elections, which had been widely expected to take place before the end of the year. They have been delayed because of a number of man-made and natural events that have shaken the confidence of the government of prime minister Abdullah Badawi.

South-East Asia

Malaysia’s judiciary exposed again, this time by a video-clip

Abdar Rahman Koya

Ramadan 19, 14282007-10-01

Nine years after he was dismissed, arrested, beaten and brought to the trial that displayed the utter corruption of Malaysia’s judiciary, former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim, now a leader of the opposition, seems to have got something on a silver plate on September 19.

South-East Asia

Malaysia trial focuses attention on another deputy prime minister

Abdar Rahman Koya

Rajab 17, 14282007-08-01

Few countries pay as much attention to their deputy prime ministers as Malaysians do. The number two spot in the government is often fought for with a fervour stronger than for the PM’s post. When not being contested, the person occupying it had better get every part of his act clean, at least in public. The slightest involvement in any controversy will be the road to resignation, or, in the case of Anwar Ibrahim, unceremonious dismissal and arrest.

South-East Asia

Anwar’s return to politics worries government as it looks ahead to general elections

Abdar Rahman Koya

Rabi' al-Thani 14, 14282007-05-01

Barely a month after he announced his intention of returning to the political stage, Anwar Ibrahim, Malaysia’s former deputy prime minister, is back in limelight. Since being released from jail in late 2004, he had been travelling around the world delivering speeches to academic institutions and thinktanks. Now he has promised to give the Malaysian opposition a shot in the arm.

South-East Asia

Malaysia’s PAS facing pressure to change tack because of association with Anwar Ibrahim

Abdar Rahman Koya

Rabi' al-Thani 24, 14262005-06-01

The rise and fall of the Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) seem to be tied to its arch-rival United Malay National Organisation (UMNO). Now that UMNO’s worst crisis is over with the end of the Anwar Ibrahim saga, all indications are that PAS is declining, with even party leaders becoming defensive when trying to answer accusations that the party has lost its direction.

Special Reports

Implications of Anwar Ibrahim’s promotion of a moderate and west-friendly Islam

Abdar Rahman Koya

Rabi' al-Awwal 22, 14262005-05-01

Since his release last year after spending six-years in a Malaysian prison, Anwar Ibrahim has become a darling of the West for his promotion of an understanding of Islam that is regarded as ‘moderate’ and West-friendly. ABDAR RAHMAN KOYA in Kuala Lumpur reports.

South-East Asia

Doubts over Anwar’s friends as he re-enters Malaysian politics

Abdar Rahman Koya

Shawwal 18, 14252004-12-01

Since his return on October 31 after undergoing spinal surgery in Germany, former Malaysian deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim has been wooing large crowds wherever he goes...

South-East Asia

Has Anwar Ibrahim changed in six years behind bars?

Abdar Rahman Koya

Sha'ban 16, 14252004-10-01

One feature of Malaysia is its ability to make everything a make-believe. Its racially-divided society is seemingly in harmony, its economy is seemingly in the hands of the majority Malay Muslims, its rich-poor gap is seemingly small, and its judiciary is seemingly fair...

South-East Asia

PAS loses out as UMNO makes a comeback in Malaysian elections

Abdar Rahman Koya

Safar 11, 14252004-04-01

The results of the general elections held on March 21 in Malaysia were as expected (see Crescent, March 2004): a return to the pre-Anwar-Ibrahim saga situation...

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