This was the signature that set tongues wagging at the PKR annual assembly, showing how much Malaysian politics has changed since Reformasi was unleashed in 1998.
Meanwhile, Umno and Pas appear to be drawing ever closer to each other.
Mahathir and his Bersatu colleagues did not hold “Anwar PM Ke 7” (Anwar 7th PM) placards. A PKR source, however, informed me that no placards were placed on the table in front of Bersatu leaders out of respect to Pakatan parties. So the issue of Mahathir not agreeing to Anwar as the next prime minister did not arise.
Let us hope that Mahathir is a changed man.
Meanwhile, check out Dennis Ignatius’ thought-provoking post on whether Wan Azizah, Mahathir or some other personality would be the best person to take on the mantle of the opposition’s choice for prime minister.
Whatever the case, we cannot afford to go back to the Old Politics that is overly focused on race and religion and the issues that divide us.
Instead we need to move forward to a new politics that transcends such divisive issues; we need to come together to tackle the serious issues that the nation is confronted with: corruption, the soaring cost of living, income and wealth inequality, environmental degradation, youth unemployment, and the erosion in credibility of some of our institutions of governance.