One figure that had inspired me a lot is Datuk Seri Anwar bin Ibrahim. I think it is better for me to explain a bit about his biodata first. Datuk Seri Anwar bin Ibrahim was born on 10th of August 1947. After completing his secondary education at Malay College Kuala Kangsar, he continued his tertiary studies at University of Malaya in Malay Studies. From 1968 to 1971, as a student, Anwar was the president of a Muslim students organisation, Persatuan Kebangsaan Pelajar Islam Malaysia (PKPIM). Then after his graduation, had became active in the NGO of Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (ABIM). In 1982, he had shocked his supporters by joining the biggest political party in Malaysia which is the United Malays National Organization (UMNO) which led by our former Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad.
Datuk Seri Anwar started his political career by holding the position of Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports in 1983. And he had created his own history by only took 11 years to become a Deputy Prime Minister. It is a fact that some of UMNO senior members felt jealous with his fast promotion but because Tun Mahathir had impliedly shown that he wanted Anwar to be his protégé, these UMNO senior members just keep it silent. Things running well and crisis happened only in the year of 1999 where he had been sacked by Tun Mahathir. And the allegation towards him were corruption and sodomy activities.
His termination had caused a great impact to the whole nation where his supporters woke up and did protest via demonstration on roads in Kuala Lumpur. This riot had affected the status of Malaysia as a clean and harmony country. And because of this termination also, a new political party had been established that is Parti Keadilan Rakyat. Since Anwar lose his case, Anwar had been sentenced to jail. And many people thought that the political career of Anwar Ibrahim had came to an end. However, the reality had been contra to the theory. In fact, after he had been released from jail, the national political pattern had changed a lot. If previously, the government ruling party may easily hold the Parliament by majority of 2/3, it had become different due to his released where the opposition seems became stronger than before.
Once he had been released, in November 2006, Anwar announced he planned to run for Parliament in 2008, after his disqualification expired. He won a seat in Parliament by winning the by election of Permatang Pauh where he had a big victory there since he was the favourite in that competition for the election. On 28 August 2008, Anwar, dressed in a dark blue traditional Malay outfit and black "songkok", took the oath at the main chamber of Parliament house in Kuala lumpur, as Member of Parliament for Permatang Pauh at 10.03 am before Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia. He formally declared Anwar the leader of the 3-party opposition alliance where he had been chosen as the Oppostion Leader in the Parliament.
What’s insipired me a lot is that how a man which had been thought to have his political career ended, is still alive at the moment and not just that, he holds one of the highest rank in the Parliament as well. And this matters shown us about his charismatic values which may influence people by his image and his speech as well. This values which owned by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is the matter for me to be inspired by his charismatic values as a politician and as a leader of the society.
And it is not an easy thing for a man which had been drowned in his career to bounce back. This is an extraordinary people which had worked hard to recover from the effect of the “drowning”. Not everyone can do this, but surely it is not impossible to be done and it had been proven by Datuk Seri Anwar and this matter had inspired me a lot to pick him as one of my idol in life.