Speaker : DSAI
Venue : DSAI House
Date : Sept 1998
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On 2 September, 1998 Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim, one of Malaysia’s most popular political leaders, was dismissed from his position as Deputy … all » Prime Minister and Finance Minister by the Prime Minister, Dato’ Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad. On 3 September, 1998 Anwar was sacked as Deputy President and member of the country’s ruling political party – the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO)- by the party president, Dr Mahathir.
Many people were shocked not only by Anwar’s dismissal but the bizarre reasons given by Dr Mahathir for the sacking. Dr Mahathir told the whole nation in no uncertain terms that his former Deputy was “a sodomist who also indulged in illicit sex.” The immediate result of the unfair dismissal was a series of unprecedented vocal public demonstrations by ordinary people in the streets. In the context of the country’s young political history, seldom has this kind of anger been seen before. Police action against the peaceful demonstrators was swift and brutal. Dr Mahathir continued to utter a continuous tirade of scandalous and libellous remarks against Anwar through manipulation of the mainstream media, the party machinery and certain state agencies.
On 20 September, 1998 Anwar was detained under the notorious Internal Security Act, a law that provides for detention without trial.