Futuristic skyscrapers coexist harmoniously alongside mosques, Catholic churches, Buddhist temples, and Hindu shrines in Malaysia’s capital city, but it’s also a place where homosexuality is taboo and sodomy remains a criminal offense.
No one knows this better than Anwar Ibrahim. Malaysia’s deputy prime minister from 1993 to 1998, he was ousted from office by Prime Minister Mahathir, facing accusations that ranged from political corruption to homosexuality. After serving a prison sentence for corruption (a ‘sodomy’ verdict was partially overturned), he returned to politics and became leader of the opposition in 2008. Accusations of sodomy, however, quickly re-emerged, and he once again became embroiled in a courtroom drama.