ABS-CBN's Head of News and Current Affairs Maria Ressa interviews two prominent leaders of Malaysia. One of them dominated its past, the other may hold the key to its future but both of them have held and lost tremendous power in this Southeast Asian country.
Watch Maria Ressa interview former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim for ANC's one hour special Reversals of Fortune this Thursday (June 5). Dr. Mohamad and Ibrahim, who was ousted from government in 1998, share their insights on global trends, challenges of leadership and their views about the Philippines.
The outspoken Dr. Mohamad dominated Malaysia for more than two decades as its Prime Minister. During that time, he became a key Asian and Muslim voice globally.
Widely credited with Malaysia's economic and social success, he resigned from the ruling party on May 19 and continues to call for the resignation of Malaysia's leader—and his anointed successor, Abdullah Badawi.
Ibrahim, on the other hand, was once Malaysia's second most powerful man as deputy Prime Minister. Then his mentor, Dr. Mahathir, turned against him and charged him with corruption and sodomy. He maintains his innocence even after serving six years in prison.
Now he has re-emerged as the man who helped engineer a stunning upset in this year's March elections. He says he could call for a no-confidence vote and, perhaps, become Prime Minister before the end of the year.
Maria Ressa has reported on both men for nearly two decades on CNN. Like the proverbial phoenix, both leaders are again reinventing themselves.
Don't miss Reversals of Fortune on Thursday (June 5), 8 pm, on ANC with replays on Saturday (June 7), 4 pm, and Sunday (June 8), 9 am and 9 pm.