Malaysia's Anwar Ibrahim

Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, 50, has a tough role to play. When it comes to calling for a free flow of information and an end to crony capitalism, he has been one of Asia's most outspoken politicians. But Anwar's boss is Asia's most pugnacious politician when it comes to dealing with those same issues. Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad repeatedly snarls at foreign hedge-fund managers and decries what he calls Western conspiracies to sabotage Asian progress.

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