Singapore Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew says he is willing to bet that Malaysia is not heading for an Indonesian-style breakdown in civil order following Anwar Ibrahim's arrest. 'I am prepared to wager five to one,' Mr Lee said last night. 'I am not saying Anwar Ibrahim has not got a following. What I am saying is that there are institutional checks and balances and systems that will not allow civil order to be upset.' Singapore's outspoken elder statesman said the likely outcome hinged partly on what Anwar was charged with or whether he was held under the Internal Security Act. He said if Anwar was charged in public court with unlawful homosexual acts and sufficient evidence was produced against him, it could seriously damage his popular support. 'He has, or should I say had, mass appeal,' Mr Lee said. 'But I am not sure what impact of this media revelations will have, especially among the Muslims.' Singapore's 75-year-old former long-time prime minister said he felt sorry for Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, 73, at this difficult time. 'I feel very sad to see the break-up of Dr Mahathir and Anwar Ibrahim,' he said. 'Dr Mahathir personally brought him into the party in the early 1980s and had a very high opinion of him and nurtured him for the job. 'So when this happened I felt very sad, more for Dr Mahathir than Anwar Ibrahim because I can understand just how difficult it must be for Dr Mahathir.'