Malaysia without Anwar

The opposition leader is back in jail: At least five years’ imprisonment after the Federal Court ruled him guilty of sodomy.

Flickr Photo: Firdaus Latif
Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim greets supporters at a rally in May 2013.
Gwynne Dyer
Published: Wednesday, 02/18/2015 12:00 am EST

Does democracy in Malaysia really depend on Anwar Ibrahim? If it does, Malaysia’s 30 million people are in trouble. Anwar is back in jail: at least five years’ imprisonment, and another five years’ ban from political activity after that. He says he doesn’t care: “Whether it's five years or 10 it doesn't matter to me anymore. They can give me 20 years. I don't give a damn.”

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