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Thursday, 23 February 2006
Presented by Dr. Anwar Ibrahim, Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia from 1993 to 1998
Dr. Anwar has a long history of public service and leadership, beginning with his days as a student at the University of Malaya. He founded the Malaysian Youth Movement of Malaysia in 1971 and served as its president for 10 years. Dr. Anwar was first elected to the Malaysian parliament in 1982, and subsequently appointed as a deputy minister. He joined the cabinet as minister of youth in 1983 and later served as minister of education and finance. While serving as minister of education, Anwar was elected president of the UNESCO General Conference. In 1993 Anwar was elected deputy president of UMNO and appointed deputy prime minister while he continued to serve as finance minister. His interests in the role of culture led him to organize in 1995-1998, a series of conferences on the Asian Renaissance, aimed at crossing geo-political barriers between societies and nations and creating political structures to promote dialogue across cultures and civilizations.