Applause and cheers rang out in coffee shops and cafes around George Town people crowded in front of television sets to witness a historic occasion: Dr Mahathir Mohamad, almost 93, being sworn in as the nation’s seventh prime minister.
People snapped pictures and filmed the televised proceedings on their smartphones and then broke out in spontaneous applause as the Mahathir signed the official records. Strangers chatted with each other.
And look who else is watching:
Who would have imagined this even a year ago. The swearing in at the palace by the Agong just after 10pm, beamed on national television, put to rest the anxiety that had been building up ever since the results were announced in the wee hours of dawn.
These were the celebrations outside the Palace in a video published by… wait for it … Utusan Online. (How times have changed – and so rapidly too!)
Free at last! A new era beckons.
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