Anwar Ibrahim, Dato Seri

Born: Aug 10, 1947 AD
Currently alive, at 68 years of age.

Nationality: Malaysian
Categories: Representative

1947 - Born on the 10th of August in Cherok Tok Kun, Malaysia.

1968-1971 - As a student, he was the president of a Muslim students organisation, Persatuan Kebangsaan Pelajar Islam Malaysia (PKPIM).

1971 - He was one of the protem committee of "Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (ABIM)" or Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia which was founded.

       - He was also elected President of the Malaysian Youth Council or Majlis Belia Malaysia (MBM).

1974 - He was arrested during student protests against rural poverty and hunger.

       - He was imprisoned under the Internal Security Act, which allows for detention without trial, and spent twenty months in the Kamunting detention camp for political prisoners.

1981 - He was the founding leader and second president of a youth Islamic organisation called Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (ABIM), shocked his liberal supporters by joining the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), led by Mahathir who became prime minister.

1983 - He moved up the political ranks quickly: his first ministerial office was that of Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports.

1984 - He headed the agriculture ministry.

1986 - Becoming Minister of Education.

1991 - He was appointed Minister of Finance.

1993 - He became Mahathir's Deputy Prime Minister after winning the Deputy Presidency of UMNO against Ghafar Baba.

1997 - His capacity as finance minister, supported the International Monetary Fund (IMF) plan for recovery which meant a restructuring of the economy involving opening up to greater foreign investment and competition.

1998 - Newsweek magazine named him the "Asian of the Year".

       - He was fired from the Cabinet on September 2nd, amid police reports that he was under investigation.

1999 - He was sentenced in a highly controversial trial to six years.

2002 - He lost his final appeal against the corruption conviction in the Federal Court.

2006 - He was appointed as Honorary President of the London based organization AccountAbility.

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