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Reuters: Malaysia's Anwar Fears Less U.S. Help on Democracy
11/10/2001 1:30 am Thu
[Rencana ini kurang betul sedikit. Mahathir tidak mempamirkan Islam
yang lembut tetapi satu fahaman baru(a) mengenai Islam.
Malaysia's Anwar Fears Less U.S. Help on Democracy
October 10, 2001 01:54 AM ET
"Necessity will prompt the U.S. to seek the collaboration of the
governments of Muslim countries... But they do not hold all the answers to
terrorism," Anwar wrote in an essay to be submitted as part of a lawsuit
and made available to media by his lawyer this week.
The United States describes Anwar as a political prisoner. He is serving a
15-year jail term for crimes he says were fabricated to stop a challenge
against Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad in 1998.
President Bush and Prime Minister Mahathir are due to meet during an
international summit in Shanghai later this month to discuss their
approaches to counter terrorism.
It will be the first top level meeting since a row between Malaysia and the
previous U.S. administration in 1999 over Anwar's treatment.
Anwar, a former deputy prime minister, urged the United States to continue
to promote its ideals, saying it was the lack of opportunity for democratic
expression that resulted in people such as Osama bin Laden, turning to
"Bin Laden and his proteges are the children of desperation; they come
from countries where political struggle through peaceful means is futile,"
Washington says the Saudi-born dissident and guerrilla leader holed up
in Afghanistan is the prime suspect in the September 11 attacks which
killed thousands of people in the United States.
"The growth of democracy, political participation and civil society is the
final answer," Anwar wrote.
"By softening its endorsement of the struggle for democracy and the
protection of human rights, the U.S. will inadvertently strengthen dictatorial
Anwar was once in line to succeed Mahathir but was sacked in 1998 and
convicted on sex and corruption charges he says were invented to stop
him from exposing government corruption.
The government dismisses Anwar's allegations.
The largest party in the opposition front backing Anwar wants to create a
more conservative Islamic state in Malaysia.
Mahathir has promoted a softer, more progressive version of Islam during
his 20-ear rule over the multicultural democracy, where Muslims make up
about two-thirds of its 22 million people, but conservative forces have
The largest party in the opposition bloc, Parti Islam se-Malaysia, has
condemned the U.S. and British air strikes on Afghanistan after earlier
condemning the attacks on Washington and New York.
Anwar's lawyer, Sankara Nair, said on Tuesday the lawsuit will be
brought against a state controlled broadcaster for allegedly characterizing
the former deputy prime minister as an extremist and a threat to national