Anwar Ibrahim and Al Gore's racist assault against Malaysia. I was looking for the context of this article Gore's Racist Assault Against Malaysia by Michael Billington that blogger bigdogdotcom has just posted.
It describes of Anwar's too-close-for-comfort ties with the Americans.
Is it Big Dog's way of reminding the Ijok people of who Anwar Ibrahim is? The former deputy prime minister is aggressively campaigning for his staunch support Khalid Ibrahim, who was one of his biggest cronies in Corporate Malaysia when he was way up there, in the Ijok by-election. Anwar has also been accusing the current DPM of kickbacks with regards to the purchase of defence equipment for the country from the Russians. Is Ijok seeing a America vs Russia proxy war? No, that's silly.
But it sounded silly to me when Anwar was trying to prove how close he was to the IMF a decade ago. Shortly before his arrest in September 1998, Anwar had twice summoned editors of the local media to his office at the Finance Ministry, then in Jalan Duta, Kuala Lumpur. I was the editor of Business Times.
During those meetings, Anwar emphasized two things:
1/ that we can trust IMF because "Camdesus is a family friend" (Camdesus was the IMF managing director, the guy who stood triumphantly behind Suharto after Indonesia "surrendered" to the IMF during the 1997 financial crisis).
2/ that Dr Mahathir, his boss, was getting senile and least irrational, and everything the PM was doing was detrimental to the economy and the ringgit.
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