KL’s ‘Baghdad Bob’

Zainuddin Maidin, former information minister of Malaysia, described by observers as “a nobody who wants to be somebody again,” has found a new career: slinging outrageous barbs at famous Indonesians. He hopes this new career will salvage him from oblivion.

He started with former President BJ Habibie. In his column in Utusan Malaysia, a daily that’s identified with the ruling party, he wrote that, like Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, Habibie sold out to foreign powers and was “a traitor to his nation” and a “dog of imperialism.” Naturally, that triggered uproar in Indonesia.

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