Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim born on 10 August 1947 in Cherok Tok Kun has emerged as one of the leading political icons in the country. He was the Deputy Prime Minister from 1993 to 1998. During 1990s, he was set to take over Tun Mahathir Mohammad’s role as Malaysian Prime Minister. However, later on, Anwar turned out to be a prominent critic of Mahathir’s administration and ruling of the country.
During his early years, he was one of the most outstanding leaders in school. Anwar served as the President of Persatuan Kebangsaan Pelajar Islam Malaysia (PKPIM) between 1968 and 1971. He continued his role as a prominent leader amongst the students. His untimely effort finally helped him to become the leader in Agriculture Ministry in 1984.
Shortly after that, in 1986, Anwar became Minister of Education. Five years later, Anwar was appointed as Minister of Finance. Perhaps, he was then most well-known to be selected as Mahathir’s protégé in 1993.
Mahathir continued to groom his successor to take over Prime Minister role’s in the coming years. At one point, Mahathir even passed over the role to Anwar as an acting Prime Minister while he was away on vacations.
However, things worsened towards the end of 1990s as many saw the deterioration of relationship between Mahathir and Anwar. This is largely due to the radical strategies adopted by Anwar while he was the acting Prime Minister. These strategies taken were perceived as a total contrast to Mahathir’s capitalist policies.
These events subsequently spurred the beginning of Anwar’s descent within UMNO and he was expelled from political parties. In 1999, Anwar was charged with various serious offenses including corruption and sodomy. He was released in 2004 when Federal Court reversed his sodomy convictions. Unfortunately, Anwar once again appeared in media’s limelight in 2008 over the allegations of sodomising his male aide. He is currently the leader of Malaysian opposition, Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR).