Dr. John Esposito and Dr. John Voll of Georgetown University support Anwar Ibrahim

John Esposito

John Esposito

The arrest of Anwar Ibrahim, former Prime Minister and respected opposition leader, in Kuala Lumpur on 16 July 2008 on charges that are obviously politically motivated is a cause of grave concern to all of Malaysia’s friends in the international community. These charges come only three months after the Keadilan party made the strongest electoral showing by an opposition party in Malaysian history and less than a day after Anwar Ibrahim’s announcement of his intention to stand for election to Parliament. In a replay of almost a decade ago in which Anwar Ibrahim’s imprisonment for six years on transparently political grounds discredited the Malaysian government, police and judiciary in the eyes of the world community, yet another smear campaign of similar allegations threaten the reputation of the Prime Minister and undermines Malaysia’s electoral politics, rule of law and democracy.

Anwar Ibrahim has a long established and celebrated record as a remarkably popular and effective political leader and public intellectual. His contributions, accomplishments and integrity have been acknowledged for many years in Malaysia, throughout the Muslim world and in the international community.

John Voll

John Voll

The Malaysian government should not follow the same path that it did in 1998. Instead of persecuting opposition politicians, it should allow Malaysia’s important democratic process to continue.

John L. Esposito
University Professor, Professor of Religion & International Affairs, and Founding Director
John O. Voll
Professor of Islamic History, Associate Director

Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University

3 thoughts on “Dr. John Esposito and Dr. John Voll of Georgetown University support Anwar Ibrahim

  1. Dumb asses! The MSM here in Malaysia and all the cronies of the government including the power brokers seem to keep missing the point.

    Usually University faculty members especially those from very renowned establishments do not ‘join the crowd’ when it comes to having to comment about public figures who are embroiled in controversy.

    But when these men of distinction and learning do write to openly express their support for DSAI, it certainly should jolt Malaysians especially MSM media members.

    But in Malaysia, values, principles and media ethics were long since thrown out of the window for the love of money, power, job security and incomes.

    No surprise then that students entering university have a tough time trying to study, understand, appreciate and apply ethics.

    Well, seems Malaysians are light-years away from becoming a ‘developed’ world. Oh, I don’t mean to equate ‘developed’ with the benchmarks of one infamous former Menteri Besar.
    J. D. Lovrenciear, you hit the nail on its head. I agree. Academic leadership here in Malaysia is actually followership. Our academics, most of them I mean, are a timid lot. It takes courage to speak the truth to power. They have none, because they are career and status centred and will compromise standards to please political powers that be. Thanks for writing in.—Din Merican

  2. these two doctors started off in a wrong footing. The charges was not politically motivated. secondly, they assumed anwar is not guilty eventhough his innocence or guilt has not been proven yet.

    when professors made the wrong assumptions, their hypothesis then is wrong.

    thank you.

  3. ripcurl, u r totally a blind person . u do not seem to understand what had the BN leaders done to our country & yet ur still talking about innocence & guilt . u should ask a question why the goverment acted beyond the the law limit by simply accusing a pserson without following the proper law guidelines & put that person behind the bar before he/she was proven innocence or guilty. MY FRIEND, BE REASLISTIC IN YOUR THINKING ,IF NOT ONE DAY U OR UR DESCENDANT WILL B CAUGHT IN THE SAME SITUATION LIKE WHAT ANWAR NOW.

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