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Anwar and Tun M to lock horns in court battle royale: May the best man win
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“THIS is quite a game, politics. There are no permanent enemies, and no permanent friends, only permanent interests,” so observed black American politician William L. Clay (born 1931).

How true is this in the case of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim – two men who have gone one full cycle from superior-subordinate to political foes (1998 Reformasi movement) to political ally (in the aftermath of the 2018 national polls) and back to becoming political foes again.

Interestingly, the duo who know each other so well – probably as far back as three decades if not more – are unable to put their differences aside lest allowing ill-feeling or suspicion to linger on to the extent that they would ultimately have to lock horn in the civil court.

Both men are certainly aware of the price they have to pay in defence of their ego and pride for all their dirty linen will ultimately be washed (and left to dry) in public.

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Finally, PM Anwar Ibrahim has agreed to settle the 25-year feud with Mahathir – in court. His former boss, Mahathir, was the longest serving prime minister of Malaysia – ruling with iron-fist for 22 years (1981-2003) during which his deputy Anwar was sacked in 1998 over corruption and sodomy charges, accusations condemned internationally as politically motivated.

Astonishingly, after 25 years of fighting the Barisan Nasional, the same corrupt regime that had imprisoned him “twice” for the same sodomy charges – first under Mahathir Mohamad and later Najib Razak administration – Mr Anwar got his wish granted when he was sworn in as the 10th Prime Minister on Nov 24, 2022, forming the Unity Government with the same coalition.
Mr Mahathir, who was already 92 years old in 2016 when he announced his stunning political comeback from retirement to unseat yet another protégé-turned-nemesis Mr Najib, struck an unlikely deal with the still imprisoned Mr Anwar. Mahathir became prime minister again when he led the Opposition Pakatan Harapan alliance to victory in 2018’s landmark elections.

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