Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today reported that they had settled their differences again and joined forces to complete the job that started when Pakatan Harapan won the 14th general election.
Reaffirming their disapproval of the Perikatan Nasional administration which came to power without being elected, the president of the PKR and the president of Bersatu said most of the reforms they implemented were being quickly repealed. He shared that they have long set aside conflicts, arguments and people’s disagreements. We are elderly and there is not much time left.
But in the youth who dream of change, the passion for combat always burns bright. It is time we got up again and return the mandate of the people to the rightful owners, “the two said in a joint statement.
The two also said May 9, 2018, would not be a date known as Dr Mahathir’s and Anwar’s reunification, but one when the nation joined to condemn the former Barisan Nasional government’s story.
Today, nearly two years ago, PH won an unexpected general election win.
Dr. Mahathir continued to become the seventh prime minister as Anwar secured a royal forgiveness and eventually won his way back to Parliament.
Anwar, who had been dismissed by Dr. Mahathir as his deputy in 1998, was portrayed as the prime minister’s eventual replacement to the latter, but their shared mistrust caused Dr. Mahathir to be baited into thinking that Anwar was maneuvering against him in February.
A political turmoil erupted after Dr Mahathir resigned as prime minister after claiming that he was not going to collaborate with Umno en bloc, as his party wanted to do after leaving PH.
This helped Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to secure his appointment as head of the Perikatan Nasional government as the prime minister. Anwar and Dr Mahathir had allegedly set aside decades of enmity for previously teaming up for the campaign against Datuk Seri Najib Razak and BN.
Nevertheless, Dr Mahathir repeatedly made remarks suggesting that he never buried the hatchet with Anwar.