Year 1999

Anwar Sodomy Trial

Sunday, 6th June 1999

High Court Justice Arifin Jaka begins hearing case against Anwar and his adopted brother Sukma Darmawan Sasmitaat Madja for allegedly sodomising (engaging in an unnatural sexual intercourse) Anwar's family driver Azizan Abu Bakar. Azizan testifies in court he was sodomised 10 to 15 times by Anwar between 1992 and 1993.

Anwar Jailed For Corruption

Wednesday, 14th April 1999

After 77 days of trial, Anwar is sentenced to six years’ jail by High Court Justice S. Augustine Paul on four counts of corrupt practice. The trial was started in November 1998 and resulted in Anwar Ibrahim being convicted and given a 6 years prison sentence on four counts of corruption.

Azizah Ismail Formed A New Political Party

Sunday, 4th April 1999

Azizah Ismail, the wife of Anwar Ibrahim, announced the formation of the National Justice Party and called on opposition forces to topple Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.

64000 Pigs Exterminated

Thursday, 18th March 1999

An outbreak of encephalitis caused a order for the extermination of 64,000 pigs and the evacuation of 11,000 people. It was later reported that some 111 people had died from a new virus that was believed to be spreading from pigs to humans.