Thursday, 15 March 2007

Anwar Ibrahim on Financial Times prompted me to read this just now:

Malaysia’s Anwar seeks return to power

By Tom Burgis in London
Published: March 15 2007 11:52 | Last updated: March 15 2007 11:52

Anwar Ibrahim, the former golden boy of Malaysian politics, said on Thursday he hopes to stand for prime minister in elections that could be held by the end of this year.

In an interview with the Financial Times, Mr Anwar said he would stand in May for the presidency of the opposition Keadilan party, a post currently held by his wife. He said he would seek the premiership in elections late this year or early next, provided he wins the backing of his party’s allies.

Mr Anwar, 59, ruled out a return to the ruling Umno party, describing it as “corrupt to the core”. Currently an adviser to the World Bank, he hopes to bolster Keadilan’s flagging fortunes with a platform of economic growth, institutional reform and tackling graft.

I am very keen to learn more about Anwar’s economic policy proposal – does anyone know if a proper document exists and available for deeper study? I have been following his economics posts and vlogs on Anwar Ibrahim 3.5, but thus far they have been rather patchy, with more rhetorics rather than a complete coherent plan or platform.

A platform of economic growth, institutional reform and tackling graft
sounds very promising; it will be great if I could read more on it (and perhaps comment objectively on it too).


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__earth said...

IMHO, Anwar is an economic populist. That explains the rhetorics.

Nik Nazmi said...

Dear Elanor,

We've got a framework on the policy. Details are being discussed by our Economic Bureau and will be released soon.

Nik Nazmi
Special Assistant to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim

Elanor said...

Dear Nik Nazmi,

Thanks for responding, and definitely looking forward to reading the framework.


Anonymous said...

Depends how one views populist economics, which to my mind, an attempt to maximise distribution of wealth, minimise deficit and maintain a healthy balance, in light of growing external pressures?

I'd be interested to find out how to reduce inefficiencies in the market - eg. corruption, uncompetitive practices etc.

e wong