Yes. Anwar remains the compulsory subject to the diplomatic corp, especially after he sought refuge in an embassy in 2010 over 'that thing' issue.
But beyond the Malaysian shore, the Opposition Leader is nobody. Although he likes the publicity and attention given by the foreign media, he always forget the general truth about the Press - that they look at Anwar and other opposition figures as their main selling point, nothing more.
Bapak 'S' of the Indonesian Embassy confirmed the fact that in his Republic, not many people talk about Anwar. Among the leaders, Anwar is of no significant. In other words, he means nothing to the country, except for his close relationship with some quarters who believe he is doing the right things for Malaysia.
"However, the Indonesians will not go to the extent of rallying behind him, helping him here in Malaysia or to raise fund for his politics. This is not Suharto's era when Anwar was popular as a Malaysian Cabinet member.
"We have a more moderate and forward-looking leaders who will not interfere in the domestic affairs of other countries. Indonesians, by and large are still too obsessed over bread and butter issue. So, there is no question of giving support to the Malaysian opposition. To them, Anwar is just another Malaysian who got friends in the Republic."
The Indonesian media, he added, seldom gives space to Anwar and Malaysian politics unless it has some 'links' to the Republic, i.e cultural and manpower issues.
"Our media too are busy giving wake-up calls to Indonesians to compete healthily with Malaysia, economically and socially. So, if Anwar claims of getting any support from the Indonesian media, he is wrong."
Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin who just wrapped up his six-day working visit to Indonesia, confirmed this yesterday (read here).
Muhyiddin said he believes Indonesian government and political party leaders would not be easily influenced by Anwar's propaganda, whose influence in the republic was not as great as it had been made out to be.
"Indonesian leaders were better informed of the Malaysian political climate and acknowledged the long-standing good bilateral relations with Malaysia. To me, the situation is not as that portrayed by him (Anwar), that he is highly influential in Indonesia. I do not see it that way. He does not get much space in the local media to show that what he is doing is something great."
In the Philippines, Anwar, whom many used to equate him to Jose Rizal, is not very popular at all.
"If you talk to about 100 people in Manila, maybe one or two would say they've heard about Anwar. Our newspapers and TV stations rarely gave him space, not like when he was Malaysian deputy prime minister and finance minister.
"Yes, he is close to some top politicians but people like Estrada (former President) is losing grip and is facing graft charges," said Mr 'Bat' of the Philippines Embassy.
"Filipinos usually do not care who lead the government and who are the opposition leader of other countries. They prefer to read news about (giggling) the US and Spain..."
To a question as to whether the Muslims of Mindanao know Anwar, he said: "Nope. They are busy with their own mission. Newspapers in Cotabato, for instance, never published anything about Anwar. The only news is about Malaysian peace mission for that region.
"Do you know that they don't even know who the (Philippines) President is?"