There is no such thing as a permanent friendship or enemy in politics, they say, and this has been proven right by political arch enemies Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
Mahathir, who turned up at the Kuala Lumpur High Court in Jalan Duta to attend the hearing of an application filed by PKR leader Anwar to challenge the National Security Council (NSC) Act 2016 was seen shaking hands with Anwar, his former Deputy Prime Minister whom he sacked in 1998 and later accused him of sodomy.
Before this, it seemed to be all talk by Mahathir when he moved the Citizen’s Declaration petition.
Perhaps this photo is concrete evidence of his words? An endorsement that proves the both is willing to ‘join hands’ once again to take down a ‘mutual enemy’?
Says Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) political analyst Professor Dr Ahmad Atory Hussain, in politics there is no such thing as a ” permanent relationship”.
“Today I may be your friend, tomorrow I may become your enemy. That is why it isn’t a surprise that the both seem to be working at reconciling.
“They have the same mission and if it takes for them to ‘shake hands’ to solve the problem the country is facing, then that will be it.
Atory says that it is not a laughing matter anymore as the country has a lot of problems and it does not seem to get any better.
According to the analyst also, it is also not just a political gimmick anymore, as some may deem it to be, as the it is evident that the economy will continue to deteriorate if no reforms take place soon.
“Our economy has deteriorated very much and it will continue to go down. Perhaps what we’re hearing about how Najib should call for an early general election is what the country needs now.
“He needs to do it now while Bersatu (Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia) hasn’t gained traction yet, otherwise Bn cannot be saved anymore.
“Although he (Najib) is in a vulnerable state now, his position will be worse if he drags on to 2018, and on top of that, Bersatu will be stronger alongside with the Opposition that is going all out to take down BN and Najib himself,” says Atory.
Atory adds that the Opposition and Bersatu does not need much defectors from Umno to win the next election and that with 5% to 6% of Umno defectors is sufficient for the Opposition and Bersatu to form a government.
“Though we may not see much difference now, but as soon as Bersatu is officially registered, we will see Umno defectors leaving Umno to join Bersatu.
“Of course the Opposition does not expect all of the Umno defectors to stand on their side, but they only need another 15 Parliamentarian seats to take down BN and it is possible,” he adds.
Meanwhile, former PKR Senator and veteran politician Dr Syed Husin Ali says Mahathir seen with Anwar is deemed as positive.
“It looks like a beginning of more positive cooperation between the Opposition parties, Bersatu and the stakeholders surrounding them.
“From the grounds, it seems like everyone is happy that this is happening,” says Syed Husin.
He adds that while it is still unclear what lies ahead, he is positive that there will be no negativity deriving from this.
“I’m not particularly excited about it, but I’m interested to see what will come out of this.
“But as of now, I don’t think we will see it attracting any negativity,” he adds.
Soo Wern Jun