Interviews with Anwar Ibrahim


“You actually believe in the ideals far more strongly than ever before,” says Anwar Ibrahim. “When you talk about freedom, I understand from those years of incarceration, what un-freedom is about.”

Malaysia’s former deputy prime minister, Anwar Ibrahim, jailed for sodomy three years ago, walked free from prison in May after receiving a royal pardon. That was initiated by the new prime minister under whom he was first sent to prison – Mahathir Mohamad. Ninety-two-year-old Mahathir was elected on a promise to release his long-time rival and has pledged to hand over power within two years. The BBC’s Lyse Doucet asked Mr Anwar whether he trusted Mr Mahathir.

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Now pardoned by the King, the once high-flying politician is finally back in public and back in the political arena at this defining moment in his country’s history. “Now there is a new dawn for Malaysia. I must thank the people of Malaysia. Malays, Chinese, Indians, Kadazans, Iban. Entire spectrum of our Malaysians, regardless of race and religion who stood by the principles of democracy and freedom. They demand change and it is our duty now to ensure that this mandate given to Pakatan Harapan will honour this commitment,” Anwar told supporters the night of his release from prison.

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Muthu Ramalinga Thevar

Anwar seems to have lost his touch with winds of change that is blowing now. Any attempt to conceal misdeeds of previous BN government shall be deemed the new PH government’s misdeeds period.

Fun Shū

Keep your views to yourself please.

Fun Shū

With due respect, your time is not up yet and this is the third time in your move to become PM. Please don’t … around.

Amrit Sekhon

Anwar is a O,pen & Shut case of Politics for this Century. He has no future for politics in Malaysia.

Tengku JW

Anwar staying in Penjara Sg Buluh for too long, lost touch with current world reality that demand transparency and openness.
He still has strong Umno trends and cultures!
Oh God help Malaysian!

Tengku JW

Anwar mind has reached the cloud. His second chance is the ending!
Leopard can’t change skin right?