Friday, May 02, 2008

Influential People

DSAI is in top 100 of World Most Influential People according to TIME Magazine.


And so does the likes of Chris Rock, Kaka, Mariah Carey, Dalai Lama, Putin and so on and so on.

Anwar Ibrahim is at no. 85. See ranking here and the complete list according to categories here. He is being listed under the category of Leaders & Revolutionaries.

Paul Wolfowitz, former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense, inter-alia, has this to say about DSAI in that particular issue of TIME Magazine,

This devout Muslim leader was an impressive and eloquent advocate of tolerance, democracy and human rights. So we were shocked by his arrest and trial in 1998 on charges of corruption and sodomy. I felt his real "crime" had been to challenge Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, whose impressive record will be forever stained by his treatment of Anwar.

I joined Senator Sam Nunn and others to speak out in Anwar's defense. When he was finally released from prison in 2004, U.S. policy on Iraq was unpopular in Malaysia, and Anwar was harshly critical. It would have been easy for him to disown our friendship, but he is not that kind of person. He kept the channels of dialogue open, even while making clear our disagreements.

Read more here. Must be good friends this Wolfowitz and DSAI?

Is there another likely candidate for most influential person in our own backyard? Is he really that influential? Read here and here.
The Malaysian Insider has the update to the story here. But please, do not believe everything that you read on the net "bulat-bulat"! Capish?


Ausman said...

No. 125, itu King Abdullah mana huh?

Lawyer Kampung said...

not our own 'king abdullah', eh? ..couldn't be... hahaha

Anonymous said...

That's Anwar Ibrahim, a chameleon! Dr Mahathir was correct about him afterall. Korek, Korek, Korek.

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