Former Malaysian Dy PM Anwar Ibrahim released, PM Mahathir arranges pardon

PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim will be meeting supporters at a gathering in PJ tomorrow afternoon following his release

PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim will be meeting supporters at a gathering in PJ tomorrow afternoon following his release

To ecstatic cries of "Reformasi!" Ironically, as Anwar emerges from prison, the prospect of Najib facing prosecution looks increasingly likely.

Dr Mahathir has said he expects to run the government for up to two years but has signalled the reins would be turned over to the Anwar eventually.

Dr Mahathir personally ordered travel restrictions on Mr Najib on Saturday after news spread that the latter was about to fly off to Jakarta for a break.

Analysts say tensions in the new government are possible due to the dominance of the two leaders — Mahathir is the chairman of the alliance and Anwar is its de facto leader.

Geng said China stood ready to work with Malaysia, following the principles of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit, to move forward the China-Malaysia comprehensive strategic partnership, deliver greater benefits to the peoples, and promote regional stability and prosperity.

"I'm not in a rush", Anwar was quoted as saying.

However, ahead of the 2018 general election he joined forces with Mahathir to topple Najib Razak's Barisan Nasional coalition party, which had been in power for nearly six decades.

It sets up a tantalising reunion with his one-time mentor turned nemesis and now ally again - Mahathir Mohamad. He said he would support the government led by Mahathir and Deputy Prime Minister Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who is Anwar's wife.

Mahathir was asked in an interview by video link whether a deal could be cut with Najib, who is alleged to have overseen the looting of government investment fund 1MDB. Mahathir, Malaysia's father of modernisation, has to reinforce a sense of national identity and pride he was once known to have instilled in his countrymen.

The BN had ruled since independence in 1957.

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"The joy is similar to when South Africans celebrated with jubilation after Nelson Mandela was freed".

Anwar waved to reporters as he was whisked from a hospital Wednesday where he was recovering from shoulder surgery.

The SRC phase is unique as some parts of the transactions took place wholly in Malaysia, unlike the other phases where the sum were routed overseas, said Malaysiakini.

While still in prison Anwar embraced Mahathir's decision to quit Barisan Nasional and join Pakatan Harapan in 2016.

Anwar was beaten up while in police custody and convicted for corruption in 1999 and for "sodomy" in 2000.

The Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa said that Dr Mohd Irwan will be placed under the Public Service Department from May 14 to June 13 and not permitted to carry out his duties as Treasury Secretary-General or anything related to the Finance Ministry.

The volatile relationship between Anwar and Mahathir, from friends to foes to allies, has dominated Malaysia's political landscape for more than three decades and is central to the future of the alliance.

The former prime minister has been blocked from leaving the country and a complaint has been filed against him to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission alleging he personally blocked an investigation into the US$3.2bn 1MDB scandal.

The second 'sodomy ' case against Anwar Ibrahim began in 2008.

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