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Rafidah Aziz, the Minister of International Trade and Industry, had also been a Ghafar supporter. In the aftermath of the 1993 elections, Rafidah and Anwar made no secret of the growing enmity between them. She came under scrutiny when it was disclosed her son-in-law had received a large allotment of company shares under the scheme providing for a proportion of new issues to go to bumiputras. Rafidah, who was later cleared of wrongdoing, responded to her critics by releasing in parliament a six-page document naming relatives of other leading politicians who had received similar allocations.
Statements of this kind, which are not heard from the outspokenly anti-Western Dr Mahathir, have endeared Anwar to some Western leaders. But he qualifies his praise of democracy with a countering tilt to Asian values, writing that the fact that Asian countries were in different stages of economic development suggests that each country will ‘negotiate its way to democracy and civil society at its own pace’. The Asian vision of civil society departs ‘in a fundamental respect from that articulated by some Western thinkers’, and Asia will ‘shape its civil society in its own direction’.
But he qualifies his praise of democracy with a countering tilt to Asian values, writing that the fact that Asian countries were in different stages of economic development suggests that each country will ‘negotiate its way to democracy and civil society at its own pace’. The Asian vision of civil society departs ‘in a fundamental respect from that articulated by some Western thinkers’, and Asia will ‘shape its civil society in its own direction’. The contradictions evident in Anwar extend to religion.