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Monday, September 7, 1998 Published at 03:21 GMT 04:21 UK


World: Asia-Pacific

Sacked Malaysian minister says authorities are harassing his family


The sacked Malaysian finance minister, Anwar Ibrahim, says that his adopted brother has been detained in what he described as a campaign against his close associates.

Mr Anwar told his supporters that the authorities should not -- as he put it -- harass such people, but should take action against himself.

Mr Anwar, widely regarded as an economic liberal, was dismissed last week, one day after the Prime Minister, Mahathir Mohamed, imposed rigid currency controls.

Mr Anwar was warned he would face legal charges of sexual misconduct and endangering national security -- allegations that he denies.

A new Central Bank governor, Ali Abul Hassan, has just been appointed.

Last month both the governor and his deputy resigned from their posts citing policy differences with the Prime Minister.

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