Tuesday, July 3, 2012

11th And Final Episode Of The Julian Assange Talk Show: Anwar Ibrahim of Malaysia

July 3, 2012

Julian Assange speaks to the leader of the Malaysian opposition - Anwar Ibrahim. As a rising internal rival to the former Prime Minister Mahathir, Anwar was imprisoned for 5 years after being smeared with sex allegations. As a result of a popular campaign in 2004, his conviction was overturned and he was released from prison. In 2008, he was again targeted for sex crimes allegations, he won the case earlier this year. With Malaysian elections looming with Anwar tipped to win, he has now been charged with unauthorized assembly. If found convicted, he will be prevented from running. Assange talks to him about how he has survived and what he sees as the future of Asia and the West.

If you've missed the previous episodes, you can always watch them online at:

Malaysia's opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim talks to supporters in Kuala Lumpur after his acquittal while his wife gives two thumbs up. Photo: Bazuki Muhammad/Reuters


Anonymous said...

This brings back memories. My first posting with the Hongkong Shanghai Bank - now just referred to as HSBC - was to Kuala Lumpur - that was in 1957. Then Malaysia, [Malaya as it was called then], was in transition from the British to Independence but the Chinese Communists were in full swing in the jungles. We had to usually travel in convoy between towns for our safety. There were some horrific tragedies if captured. I remember our local British District Officer's wife was captured. She then had her breasts cut off and was then hung up-side down in the middle of the night and left for every one to see. Bloody awful!

Malaya survived - the Communists eventually gave up - and my last two years there were one of wonderful experiences with great people and a beautiful country. There was an ocean beach there, not far from where I was stationed, called the "Beach of Passionate love" !. :) I'll say no more!

Anyway, there's a bit of personal history for you Mike. Thought you might be interested.

Michael B.

Stranger in a Strange Land said...

Hello Michael B.

Thanks for the interesting narration. A bit of a history lesson.

Kindest regards,