Former Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad made an unscheduled visit to a High Court hearing here on an urgent application by his former nemesis, Anwar Ibrahim, to suspend the coming into force of the controversial National Security Council Act.
The 91-year-old Mahathir arrived about 3pm together with PKR Deputy President Azmin Ali, former Umno leader Khairuddin Abu Hassan, Batu MP and PKR Vice-President Tian Chua.
Mahathir, who left Umno earlier this year, was spotted in his trademark bush jacket. He shook hands and briefly exchanged pleasantries with Anwar in the witness room.
It is believed that this is the first time both Mahathir and Anwar, 68, are meeting again after a lapse of 18 years.
There were about 80 people, mostly Anwar’s supporters, in the room.
Earlier, Anwar, who is serving a five-year prison term for sodomy, was brought to court under heavy escort by prison wardens.
Anwar, who was Mahathir’s deputy and heir apparent to succeed as prime minister, was unceremoniously removed from the government and as Umno deputy president in 1998 for alleged sexual misconduct.
“I am interested in this case because it involves national security and I have already touched on this in my blog,” Mahathir told reporters.
Later, when pressed by reporters Mahathir was coy about his ties with Anwar.
“I don’t know about ‘friend’, but I talked to him.
When asked if his presence was to endorse Anwar as a prime minister in the event the Opposition wrests Putrajaya from the Barisan Nasional, Mahathir said he was only endorsing the latter’s actions against the NSC.
Ho Kit Yen