Malaysians who have bravely crossed the deep chasms of the religious and racial divide created by Barisan Nasional leaders see this reunion between Mahathir and Anwar as the icing on the cake, writes JD Lovrenciear.
Whichever way you look at it, Malaysians are basking in the rising sun of hope and joy for a greater Malaysia.
Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who led the movement to topple the gargantuan Barisan Nasional, which had ruled for six long decades, has put into place a wave of corrective surgical proceedures to free Malaysians from the chains of tyranny.
Now, with the release of Anwar Ibrahim, the icon of the ‘Malaysian Renaissance’, Malaysians have every reason to raise their national hope even higher. What more can a nation that was kept like a frog under a coconut shell (seperti katak di bawah tempurung) ask for – after it had been under the grip of an oppressive, belittling, corrupt government over the last decade. This national hope is sweeping across the nation, fresh on the heels of an earthquake of a general election.
Malaysians who have bravely crossed the deep chasms of the religious and racial divide created by Barisan Nasional leaders see this reunion between Mahathir and Anwar as the icing on the cake. By any measure, this potent Mahathir-Anwar potion has transmitted renewed hope across the region at a time when democracy is under threat. Malaysia can stand tall with this gift, a dream that seemed so elusive a week ago.
Malaysians who care for a reconstructed and more resilient Malaysia are praying hard that both Mahathir and Anwar have grown wiser in the wilderness and that their return and reunion will usher in a golden era. They hope to see the country transforming itself into a South East Asia powerhouse and serving as a beacon for many other nations drowning in poor leadership.
May all religious leaders of all faiths summon their flocks to give thanks in their respective places of worship. Better still, if all of us Malaysians can congregate and jointly pray as children of one land, Malaysia.
This is not the season to cast aspersions, create fissures, or sow seeds of enmity. Malaysians, let us start the march. Viva Malaysia!