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Monday, March 29, 2010

Anwar's Sodomy case - Is the FT article here a confession?

Financial Times

Malaysia’s shame

Published: March 24 2010 19:01 | Last updated: March 24 2010 19:01

Malaysia presents itself as a modern, successful and democratic nation. Many western leaders have hailed the country as an example of moderate, tolerant Islam – at ease with itself and with the non-Muslim world. Malaysia does indeed have much to be proud of. But the trial of Anwar Ibrahim, which is due to restart this week, is a massive blot on the country’s reputation for tolerance and political pluralism.

Mr Anwar is a vital figure in the Malaysian opposition. The coalition of opposition forces he leads represents the most potent challenge to the ruling National Front coalition in many years. But Mr Anwar, a married man with six children, is on trial for sodomy. He has already served six years in solitary confinement on charges of sodomy and abuse of power – although the sodomy charges were later over-turned by the courts, leading to Mr Anwar’s release in 2004. If he is convicted this time, he could face a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.

The first thing to say is that – even allowing for cultural and religious sensitivities –

Malaysia should be embarrassed that it is threatening to send a man to prison for consensual sex with another adult.
But there are also considerable doubts about the case against Mr Anwar. The evidence against him is thin and the political context is very clear.

The government of Najib Razak sees Mr Anwar as a threat and has been trying to wreck his political career, using a variety of tactics. Aside from the criminal charges that have been brought against the opposition leader, Mr Anwar has been crudely smeared as a tool of “Jewish” interests. Asked once whether Mr Anwar would make a good prime minister, Mahathir Mohammad, the former prime minister of Malaysia, replied: “He would make a good prime minister of Israel.” A modern state should be ashamed of exploiting racism and homophobia to head off a legitimate political challenge.

But it is not just the Malaysian government that deserves to be chastised. Malaysia is an important market and an influential voice in the Islamic world. As a result, western governments that claim to place human rights at the centre of their foreign policy have been very circumspect in their comments on the Anwar trial. Respect for the courts, for national sovereignty and for cultural difference are all worthy ideas. But sometimes, it is important to speak clearly. The trial of Anwar Ibrahim is a disgrace and an embarrassment to Malaysia.

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Jumayatara said...

Minta maaf Tuan Guru

I don't get what are messages that you trying to convey . Please write in simple words or in the other word please do not twisting words. Direct to the point.

MAHAGURU58 said...

Apology accepted. Jumayatara, I can't be lowering my way of writing in English just to satisfy your lack of comprehension, can I?

The subject matter is that the Financial Times has published that article and worded it so to the stage that anyone with a sound knowledge of English would come to understand that the article is asking why Malaysia is making a big deal out of Anwar committing consensual homosexual acts with another consenting adult?

Please do not expect me to write in kindergarten level of English just to satisfy your lack of English comprehension,sir.

Do mind your words and not accuse me of twisting anything.

You my man, need to go polish your vocabulary since an article as simple as mine fails to be understood by you. My condolences to you brother.

Having cleared that, I suggest you to reread the whole article and try your best to understand it before whining about it here.

May you be wiser, soon.