Much has been written about how Dr Mahathir Mohamad played a key role in generating a People Power tsunami that ultimately swept away the corrupt Najib-led BN regime.
In the weeks till polling day on 9 May, the choice of Mahathir to spearhead the push for change proved to be an inspired one as he made sharp inroads into the Malay heartland.
But it was the tense 24 hours after polling that required all his mettle in the struggle for change: he needed all his 22 years of experience to stare down the state power apparatus.
It was this period that caught the attention of the world as wide-eyed Malaysians, with barely a few hours sleep, hung on to the drama unfolding on their screens. All eyes were on Mahathir. Could he pull off the unbelievable and secure regime change after six decades of Umno rule? The coming hours would be crucial in securing and nailing down the win for PH, which the Rakyat had handed to the coalition the day before. Full article on Aliran website