The Life of Malaysia’s Anwar Ibrahim
7 - Anwar: Political Renaissance (2004 – 2013)
This chapter, consisting of six sections, covers events beginning with Anwar’s release from prison in early September through the present (2013). The first section documents Anwar from his prison release to his self-appointed return to Malaysian politics in June 2005; the second section picks up in mid–2005 and notes events which transpired just prior to the general election in March 2008; and the third highlights the election, new sodomy allegations made against him and Anwar’s by-election victory (March-August 2008). While section four (September 2008–December 2009) covers a second sodomy trial for Anwar and the political maturation of Pakatan Rakyat, the last two sections deal with both the conclusion of the trial and events leading up to Malaysia’s thirteenth General Election in May 2013. September 2004–July 2005 Anwar underwent successful back surgery at the Alpha Klinik in Munich, Germany on 6 September. Dr. Thomas Hoogland performed the procedure and stated Anwar would be near normal in a month’s time. Along with recuperating and spending time with family, Anwar’s stay in Munich consisted of speaking about the conditions of his incarceration and the time afforded him to both read and think (what he would eventually call “splendid isolation” in 2007). In interviews conducted following his surgery he recounted a prison regimen which forbade interaction with television, radio, ANWAR IBRAHIM 164 other inmates, and even prison officials who were discouraged from fraternization via a twenty-four-hour surveillance camera installed in Anwar’s cell (however in September 2004 a Far Eastern Economic Review...
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