10 Facts About Anwar Ibrahim, Malaysia’s 10th Prime Minister
Anwar Ibrahim has been confirmed as the 10th Prime Minister of Malaysia. The historic appointment came over two decades since he first became a candidate as part of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) in 1998.
The 75-year-old has survived two prison sentences for sodomy and returned every time to contest in elections, even having his wife and daughter take his place.
But as leader of Pakatan Harapan (PH), Mr Anwar finally achieved what many thought was impossible when the king swore him in as Prime Minister, leading a unity government.
Despite a tumultuous history, Mr Anwar has always stood by Islamic democracy and having a multi-racial government that can serve the needs of all Malaysians.
Here are 10 facts about the newest prime minister of Malaysia.
1. Anwar is a Leo (10 Aug)
Here’s a fun fact about Mr Anwar.
Born on 10 Aug 1947 in Penang, Mr Anwar shares a common star sign with other prominent leaders such as Barack Obama, Jacinda Arden, and Napoleon Bonaparte.
Active in politics even as a student, Mr Anwar has always been a leader able to galvanise followers to his causes.
Soon after joining UMNO in 1982, he quickly impressed under Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s cabinet and rose all the way to becoming finance minister and deputy prime minister.
3. Went to prison twice & was detained under ISA for 20 months
Unfortunately, because of the way he stands out, Mr Anwar has also faced criminal charges, which to this day, he says were politically motivated.
This began in the 1970s when he was detained for 20 months under the Internal Security Act (ISA) for student protests against rural poverty and hunger.
Trouble came to Mr Anwar again in 1998 after clashing with Dr Mahathir over governance. After another ISA detention for “inciting riots”, he was accused and convicted of sodomy with his adopted brother Sukma Darmawan, as well as corruption.
Later in 2004, he was pardoned of the sodomy charge by the Federal Court, having already served his prison term for corruption.
But in 2008, fresh sodomy accusations emerged. This time, Mr Anwar was accused by his male aide, Mohammad Saiful Bukhari Azlan.
Even though the charges were dropped initially, the acquittal was overturned, and Mr Anwar was sentenced to fi...