How ‘irrepressible optimist’ Anwar Ibrahim went from prison to becoming Malaysia’s leader

Lionised as a student leader, elevated to the forefront of Malaysian politics, then jailed and sidelined under a vengeful mentor, Anwar Ibrahim is finally leading his country after some 30 years of trying. The prime minister's office had appeared beyond the grasp of Anwar, Malaysia's perennial nearly man who looked well set for the role in 2020...

New PM Anwar Ibrahim ‘can’t afford to be distracted’ amid economic woes, US-China rivalry, analysts say

Malaysia's king on Thursday (Nov 24) appointed reformist icon Anwar Ibrahim as prime minister, a decision that ended a protracted post-election impasse and capped one of the most remarkable turnarounds for a politician in modern Southeast Asian history. Over three decades, Anwar had gone from the country's number two leader to a protest leader, a prisoner...

Anwar Ibrahim: Who is Malaysia’s new prime minister?

Malaysia's new prime minister, 75-year-old Anwar Ibrahim, was sworn in on Thursday (Nov 24), bringing to a close his three-decade quest for the job that had eluded him time and again and led to him spending nearly a decade in jail. How did he rise to the top? As opposition leader, Anwar led tens of thousands of Malaysians...

Hope for Anwar Ibrahim as Malaysian king remains firm on unity plan

Weariness began to set in among Malaysians on Wednesday (Nov 23) as the country's post-election political impasse lingered, though there were positive signs for those backing reformist opposition Anwar Ibrahim as the next prime minister. King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah's convening of a special meeting with the nation's other hereditary sultans suggested a resolution was...

Malaysian king calls council of sultans to resolve election crisis

Malaysia's king on Wednesday (Nov 23) called a special meeting of his fellow hereditary sultans to discuss who should be prime minister as an unprecedented post-election crisis entered its fourth day. The king is due to pick a new prime minister after the leading contenders — opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim and former premier Muhyiddin Yassin — failed to secure...

Who is Malaysia’s king and why is he picking the prime minister?

Malaysian King Al-Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah is in the spotlight as he mulls his choice on who will be the country's next prime minister, after an election left no party with a majority in parliament and coalition talks failed. Al-Sultan Abdullah on Tuesday said he would "soon" decide between opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim and...

Malaysia king to choose prime minister in post-election crisis

Malaysia's king said on Tuesday (Nov 22) he will pick the next prime minister, after the leading two contenders failed to win a majority in last weekend's election and his proposal for the two to work together was turned down. The vote resulted in an unprecedented hung parliament, with neither opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim nor former...

No decision made about who Malaysia’s next PM will be: Anwar

Malaysia's King has asked that a cross-coalition unity government be formed, after an audience with Pakatan Harapan (PH) leader Anwar Ibrahim and his rival Muhyiddin Yassin of Perikatan Nasional (PN) at the palace on Tuesday. This comes after the Barisan Nasional (BN) alliance decided to remain in the opposition, leaving no leader with a simple...

Malaysia King set to decide on Anwar or Muhyiddin as prime minister

Malaysia's King Al-Sultan Abdullah will pick the next prime minister soon, state news agency Bernama reported on Tuesday (Nov 22), citing the national palace, which did not specify timing for his decision. The palace statement comes as incumbent coalition said it would not support opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim or former premier Muhyiddin Yassin in forming...

Daughter of Malaysia’s Anwar Ibrahim marries in low-key ceremony

The daughter of Malaysia’s opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim married her long-time friend in a low-key ceremony on Friday (Aug 5) in Kuala Lumpur attended by close friends and family members. Nurul Izzah Anwar and Yin Shao Loong were in a relationship for some time but it was known only to their inner circles and relatives, The...