Originally Posted by aquila
i think yall have been brainwashed by bn... anwar charged for sodomy? i think that's the most ridiculous thing ever... they should respect his private life.. let the one who has no sin cast the first stone.. what hypocrites!
While we might think sodomy and bisexuality are no big deals, the majority of Malaysians think it is.
Mahathir is a pretty smart guy, and he's not the kind of guy who removes a popular deputy, a deputy whom he has spent so much time grooming to be his successor -- unless of course there's something serious like sodomy that came up.
Other speculative reasons that have been put up are like Anwar is greedy for power and wants to kick Mahathir's cronies out. I find this unconvincing because Anwar knows that Mahathir is retiring soon (the original date was after the Commenwealth Games in 1998). It is therefore irrational for Anwar to challenge Mahathir near his retirement.
There has been political rumors about Anwar's bisexuality behavior since the mid-90's, in fact Karpal Singh brought is up in Parliament. But I believe Mahathir had not seen any serious charges/evidence at that time and must have thought that it's the usual political attacks on Anwar.
I've nothing against gays, but I think the overwhelming majority of Malaysians are gay-intolerant. If Anwar were actually a bisexual and became PM, he can be threatened by various groups like the CIA since everyone knows that Malaysians would not tolerate a gay-PM.