What’s behind the newfound alliance in Malaysia?

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Anwar is describing the events as a new dawn for Malaysia. He has walked free from prison thanks to a royal pardon and the help of the man who sacked and jailed him 20 years ago.

Mahathir was re-elected last week as the world’s oldest prime minister. The 92-year-old is choosing Anwar – his former deputy before they became political enemies – as his replacement in the next couple of years.

The royal pardon allows him to return to politics after serving three of a five-year prison sentence for sodomy and corruption – charges he says were a political smear.

So why are they cooperating now? And what does it all mean for Malaysia?

Presenter: Hashem Ahelbarra


Chin-Huat Wong – political scientist, Penang Institute

Clare Rewcastle Brown – founder, Sarawak Report

Sophie Lemiere – Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University

Source: Al Jazeera News

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