Anwar is describing events as a new dawn for Malaysia. He has walked free from prison thanks to a royal pardon and the help of the man who sacked and jailed him 20 years ago.

Mahathir Mohamad was re-elected last week as the world's oldest prime minister. The 92-year-old is choosing Anwar - his former deputy before they became political enemies - as his replacement in the next couple of years.

The royal pardon allows Anwar to return to politics after serving three of a five-year prison sentence for sodomy and corruption - charges he says were a political smear.

So why are they cooperating now? And what does it all mean for Malaysia?

 

Presenter: Hashem Ahelbarra

Guests:

Chin-Huat Wong - political scientist, Penang Institute

Clare Rewcastle Brown - founder, Sarawak Report

Sophie Lemiere - Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University

Source: Al Jazeera News