Malaysian Political Spectrum Gets Intense

Flags of Malaysia Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Flags of Malaysia Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Mahathir Mohamad, the longest-serving former Prime Minister of Malaysia, is back to active election race for the Prime Ministers’ office this year.

The former longest-serving former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Mahathir Mohamad is tapped to run for office as the candidate of the opposition alliance.

His move to run poses a significant threat to the incumbent Prime Minister Najib Razak who has been under fierce pressure being mired in corruption allegations.

Mr. Mahathir was chosen on Sunday by the opposition to lead putting aside decades-old feud between Anwar Ibrahim and Mahathir Mohamad.

Anwar Ibrahim is another popular political leader who has been jailed on a conviction for sodomy which his supporters claim to be a politically motivated charge.

Anwar’s wife Wan Azizah will run as the Deputy Prime Minister alongside Mahathir Mohammad’ bid for Prime Minister’s office.

The opposition Secretary-General Saifuddin Abdullah said if the opposition wins the election this year, they will pardon Anwar Ibrahim and install him as the Prime Minister.

Malaysia’s national election is supposed to call by the end of August this year. But the opposition fears the government might try to delay calling the election in the given time.

The decision to pick Mahathir as the candidate for the coming election was finalized after the Pact of Hope, the four-party coalition of the opposition parties, endorsed him to lead in the coming election.

“Our great focus is to save our beloved country,” Mahathir said in a speech. “It wasn’t easy for the parties that were my enemies before to accept me, but they are aware of the importance of bringing down the current government.”

Mahathir resigned as the Prime Minister of Malaysia in 2003 after years in office. But he remained as a major critic of subsequent Prime Ministers of Malaysia.

He came in the light again as an arch-critic of the current Prime Minister of Malaysia, Najib Razak was mired in corruption allegations in 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) charges.

Mahathir Mohamad said after the opposition picked him as their candidate, “I know how Anwar feels. It was during my administration that he was sent to prison. It is not easy for him to accept me and shake my hand.”

“And it’s not just Anwar but his family as well who felt pressure when he was jailed. They suffered for 20 years.”

His comeback in the race for Prime Minister’s office will turn the Malaysian political spectrum more intense than ever in years.


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