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September 04, 2004




Another great post, and good to learn something about you in years past in Malaysia. Keep up the good work. I'll probably post your Permalink over in my blog, if you don't mind. Carl


Hey Torn

Our worlds have become yet smaller - I was also in Malaysia at the time. Editing the International School of Kuala Lumpur newspaper.
Those were the golden days of KL - before all the development. I heard there are skyscrapers where my house once stood (Jalan Tun Razak, off of the Royal Selangor Golf Club). I even had monkeys!
Suffice to say, Anwar has recieved a nasty, raw deal over the years.


Few things in recent years have outraged me as much as the treatment of Anwar. Frogmarched from his house in the middle of the night, beaten up, when blindfolded, in his cell by the chief of police, and then the humiliation of the trial -- the presentation of what the prosecution said was a sexually soiled mattress, the accusations from the family driver, all patently bogus (wrong dates, wrong addresses, etc). And the judges accepted it all. Where are they now? I know one of them retired (big fat pension in his pocket) and disappeared to New Zealand.

I was working for Asiaweek (now no more) at the time and wrote what I thought was a pretty stinging attack on Mahathir. All Malaysian advertising was immediately pulled from the magazine.

And Torn is dead right. All Anwar's release really shows is that Mahathir had the power to imprison him and his successor has the power to set him free. It's pretty obvious where all this leaves the judiciary.

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