A good week for ...

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 15 January, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 15 January, 2012, 12:00am


Anwar Ibrahim

The Malaysian opposition leader survived another court ordeal and escaped a possible 20-year jail sentence with his acquittal on charges of sodomising an aide. The court's decision may undermine Anwar's view that Prime Minister Najib Razak's judiciary is corrupt and biased, but it does clear the 64-year-old firebrand to take part in elections expected to be held this year. The opposition now has more than a third of the seats in parliament and hopes to win power by pledging to curb graft, racial discrimination and restrictions on civil liberties.

Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner

Argentina's president was found not to have cancer after the nation's top surgeons remove her thyroid gland. The idea that she had cancer had worried many in the nation who in October elected her by a landslide. To the distress of Argentinians, Fernandez stepped down for 20 days last month to make way for the caretaker presidency of her deputy, Amado Boudou, who in 2008 seized US$24 billion in pension funds.

Hong Kong Disneyland

The 53 per cent government-owned attraction has reported record attendance of 5.9 million visitors for its latest financial year, up 13 per cent on 2010. Managing director Andrew Kam Min-ho said it had also narrowed its losses, from HK$718 million to HK$237 million, and expected to break even. Kam declined to give a date for achieving this target but announced a strategy for investing in tourist infrastructure that would help it to reach that goal.