Mahathir and Anwar shake hands, perhaps the most significant Handshake of the Decade…



16 September 2016

Pakatan-PPBM unity: Last barrier removed

September 16, 2016

Political analysts say Muhyiddin’s pledge to work for Anwar’s release will smoothen the way for cooperation.


PETALING JAYA: The last barrier to cooperation between Pakatan Harapan and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) has been removed with former DPM Muhyiddin Yassin’s pledge to work towards the release of Anwar Ibrahim from prison, according to two political analysts.

Mohamed Mustafa Ishak of the National Council of Professors said the issue of Anwar’s release was “the only thing separating PKR and PPBM” and Awang Azman Pawi of Universiti Malaya said Muhyiddin’s statement would result in PPBM being accepted by “many in Pakatan Harapan, especially those in PKR.”

Muhyiddin, who is the President of PPBM, was quoted by the New Straits Times on Wednesday as saying that his party would work with Pakatan to secure Anwar’s release should the opposition succeed in ousting Barisan Nasional from Putrajaya.

Speaking to FMT, Mustafa said the pledge was part of a manoeuvre to ensure PPBM’s acceptance by Pakatan Harapan parties and facilitate cooperation.

9 September 2016

Nurul: Anwar moved beyond personal suffering to shake Dr M’s hand

Nurul Izzah Anwar said her father chose to move beyond the personal suffering he had to endure under Dr Mahathir Mohamad when he shook hands with the former prime minister.

In an interview with Australia-based programme ABC’s News 24, Nurul Izzah, the PKR vice-president, described the encounter between Anwar Ibrahim and Dr Mahathir as “not easy”.

“The fact that my father shook his hand and managed a warm smile, symbolised the importance of moving forward to strengthen Malaysia’s democracy rather than focusing on personal suffering,” she was quoted as saying.

7 September 2016

After handshake, Rais proposes tea

September 7, 2016

Umno veteran says members from both sides of the political divide should meet and “have some rendang and lemang” for betterment of Malaysia and strengthen bonds within the brotherhood.


GOMBAK: Umno veteran Rais Yatim said there was nothing wrong in former Premier Mahathir Mohamad shaking hands with Anwar Ibrahim.

In fact, he suggested the same for Barisan Nasional and the Opposition pact during the coming Hari Raya Aidiladha, which falls on Sept 12.

He said members from both sides of the political divide should meet up and “have some rendang and lemang and defer political lines as a means of social networking for the betterment of Malaysia”.

“It is good for the country’s multiracial society. It is encouraged in Islam to strengthen bonds within the brotherhood.

“So, why are there so many questions being asked about them shaking hands?

“People should not read into the minds of others, if Mahathir did it for political reasons.

“We should not predetermine the intentions of others until we actually know about it,” he said after attending a cultural evening at the International Islamic University (IIU) today.

Mahathir offers assistance to Anwar’s legal team

PETALING JAYA: Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s lawyer Haniff Khatri Abdulla will speak with former Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim’s legal team sometime next week.

Speaking to FMT, Haniff said this was strictly pertaining to Anwar’s attempt to challenge the National Security Council (NSC) Act, which is an issue of great concern to the former premier.

“Mahathir visited Anwar in court on Monday as he is very concerned as to the effect of that Act on our country.

“There, he asked Anwar about the case and offered assistance to support the application.

“The following day, Mahathir instructed me to liase with Anwar’s lawyers and see how we can contribute, by way of law, to support the application.”

Umno in panic mode over Mahathir- meeting, says

Yap Jia Hee

Umno is now feeling jittery in the wake of the historic meeting between Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Anwar Ibrahim, said Selangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali.

He said that the meeting has united the opposition parties and Malaysians and, at the same time, caused panic in the Umno camp.

“I think this is a good meeting to unite Malaysians and strengthen the opposition parties.

“That’s why Umno is now panicking,” Azmin told reporters after attending the ‘Copenhagen Solutions for Sustainable Cities’ forum in Shah Alam today.

He was commenting on Deputy Home Minister Nur Jazlan Mohamed’s statement yesterday that the meeting between the former prime minister and PKR de facto leader may cause unhappy PKR members to quit the party.

“Why is Nur Jazlan so nosy about this (meeting)? This is a good start because we have one common goal – to save Malaysia and work on economic recovery,” said Azmin.

Asked whether the meeting was arranged by him, Azmin said that it was a collective effort.

He added that he would continue to engage with all parties in view of the significant progress being made.

“It’s an ongoing process. We hope to be able to see results,” he said.

He declined to comment on whether Mahathir was extending an olive branch to Anwar or whether Anwar should forgive Mahathir.

He merely said that the meeting was for all parties to move forward.

“I think Mahathir had said clearly that he came to support the initiative taken by Anwar to file an application to challenge the National Security Council Act (NSC Act).


5 September 2016

3h3 hours ago

Tun hadir sokong injuksi akta Mkn yg difailkan Anwar,akta brutal ini yg satukan kita semua.Ini permulaannya.


Politic can be funny, and dirty at the same time. When u have power, u need to be transparent, be integrity.





26m26 minutes ago

Anwar-Dr M handshake significant, says Bersih 2.0

September 5, 2016

Some netizens also find the “momentous” handshake a heartwarming gesture, while some opine it was insincere.


Zaid: Politics will never be the same again via


‘Mahathir, Anwar will only end up “killing” each other’

September 5, 2016


Umno Supreme Council member says Dr Mahathir Mohamad is desperate and that Anwar Ibrahim will not forget what his former mentor did to him.



PETALING JAYA: If former Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his former protégé, Anwar Ibrahim, join forces once more, they will only end up “killing” each other just as they used to.

This is what Malacca Chief Minister Idris Haron had to say in relation to today’s meeting between Mahathir and Anwar after 18 years.

Idris told FMT that the meeting went to show just how desperate Mahathir had become.

“Mahathir is a real desperado. Anwar will not forget what Mahathir did to him back in 1998.”

Idris, who is an Umno Supreme Council member said should the two former Umno leaders reunite, old wounds would reopen again soon.

He added that Umno would not have to worry about the two joining forces as they were both irrelevant.






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