Eighteen years, three days ago to be precise. That was when Anwar was unceremoniously booted out of government on 2 September 1998.
Mahathir turned up in court unexpectedly today to witness Anwar’s legal challenge against the draconian National Security Council Act, which gives Prime Minister Najib and an unaccountable council enormous security powers.
So it looks as if we have come full circle: both former adversaries-turned-allies-turned-adversaries – who formed a formidable team in the 1980s and 1990s – seem to be burying the hatchet and, who knows, joining forces once again, this time against Umno-BN.
Never discount these two. Just when mainstream media analysts had practically written off Mahathir and his new party, he pulls something out of the hat.
The realignment of political forces against Umno-BN continues to evolve. Things just got a little bit more interesting.
But we must insist on something different this time around from the entrenched system of neoliberal, crony, rent-seeking capitalism that privatises profits and socialises costs.