Anwar Ibrahim

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Description Dato' Seri Anwar bin Ibrahim (born 10 August 1947) is a Malaysian politician. He is currently the Leader of Opposition of Malaysia (Pakatan Rakyat), economic advisor to the state government of Selangor and de facto leader of PKR (KeADILan). He served as the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia from 1993 to 1998 and Finance Minister from 1991 to 1998 when he was in UMNO, a major party in ruling Barisan Nasional coaltion. He is an internationally renowned speaker on the subjects of democracy, freedom, governance, Islam and the need for accountability.Early years (1968-1982)From 1968 to 1971, as a student, Anwar was the president of National Union Of Malaysian Muslim Students. Around the same time, he was also the president of University of Malaya Malay Language Society ((PBMUM) ). In 1971, he was one of the protem committee of Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (ABIM) or Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia which he co-founded. At the same time, he was elected as the 2nd President of the Malaysian Youth Council or Majlis Belia Malaysia (MBM). In 1974, Anwar was arrested during student protests against rural poverty and hunger. This came as a report surfaced stating that a family died from starvation in a village in Baling, in the state of Kedah, despite the fact that it never happened but the life of the rubber tappers in Baling was utterly depressed due to the price of rubber dropped in 1974. He was imprisoned under the Internal Security Act, which allows for detention without trial, and spent 20 months in the Kamunting Detention Centre. From 1975 till 1982 he was representative for Asia Pacific of World Assembly of Muslim Youth under Sheikh Hassan Abdullah.
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