South China Morning Post
WITH THE charismatic Mr Anwar locked away and Malaysia's government- controlled media broadcasting and publishing anti-Anwar vitriol, Dr Mahathir appears likely to retain power, at least until the November Apec leaders' meeting, which he is scheduled to chair. This makes it still more important for Australia's political leadership to continue to lead the international condemnation of Dr Mahathir's increasingly dangerous behaviour.
The Age, Australia
THEY SAY that there is a new political consciousness among people, a long-dormant consciousness pricked by what people see as injustice against Datuk Seri Anwar. Many remain unconvinced about the barrage of charges - ranging from sodomy to corruption - levelled against him, helped no doubt by the paucity of evidence so far and the absence of formal charges. The various groups and individuals that have aligned themselves to the former deputy prime minister also identify with his demands for greater accountability, independence of the judiciary, and an end to corruption and more freedom.
The Straits Times, Singapore