Anwar catches up with Gore in London

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KUALA LUMPUR — PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was finally able to catch up with friend and former US vice-president Al Gore in London.

In a Twitter post yesterday, Anwar expressed happiness meeting his long-standing supporter Gore, who hailed Malaysia as a “beacon of hope for the world”.

“I will not forget Al’s kind words. He told me that for what they accomplished, the people of Malaysia are a ‘beacon of hope’ for the world at a time when it is most needed,” Anwar tweeted, and included a picture of the two together.

The 14th general election saw the end of the Barisan Nasional’s over-60 years in government and the transition of power to Pakatan Harapan.

Anwar’s office issued a statement on Tuesday saying he is on a four-day trip to London at Gore’s invitation and had met with UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, London Mayor Sadiq Khan and a host of other government and parliamentary officials to discuss the 1Malaysia Development Berhad fund scandal, among other issues.

Anwar said he attended the Generation Investments Advisory Board meeting founded by Gore in 2004 yesterday.

He also said he met with “eminent members of the advisory board”.

“Many told me they are inspired by our story and want to come to Malaysia to support the reform effort. Their help is very much welcome. Also enjoyed a special private showing of Rodin exhibit at the British Museum,” Anwar posted in a subsequent tweet.

Gore, who was US vice-president from January 1993 to January 2001, had on various occasions slammed the then-Barisan Nasional government over the court’s treatment of Anwar and claimed the charges of sodomy against him were a ploy to end his political career.

He had also backed Anwar’s “Reformasi” movement and almost caused a diplomatic row in 1998 at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum when he openly expressed support for Anwar and the movement.

Gore had also called for Anwar’s release when he was imprisoned the same year over the charges.

Upon Pakatan Harapan’s surprise win on May 9, Gore congratulated Anwar and his wife Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail on the victory.