The Malaysian opposition coalition Pakatan Harapan (Alliance of Hope) led by Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Dr Wan Azizah, wife of Anwar Ibrahim have been voted into power in a surprise election victory on Wednesday 9 May 2018 winning 121 seats out of a total of 222.

The Malaysian voters displaying an unexpected tsunami of people power went beyond race politics and indifference for corruption, opting for diversity, tolerance, gender balance and the vision for a new Malaysia for all its people.

Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad was sworn in as the new Prime Minister of Malaysia on Thursday night 10 May before Malaysian constitutional monarch Sultan Mohammad V at the state palace.

Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, wife of Anwar Ibrahim is to be deputy prime minister.

Dr Mahathir with Dr Wan Azizah after the historic win.

During his first press conference after the historic win Dr Mahathir said one of his first actions would be to seek a royal pardon for Anwar so that he could enter politics. He said he would step aside within the next two years so Anwar could become prime minister.

Anwar is expected to be released in June after serving his jail term on charges that were politically motivated.

Dr Wan Azizah, endorsed Dr Mahathir as their coalition Chairman and served as his deputy in a strategic alliance in order to oust the ruling party and its corrupt leader, Najib.

The outcome of the Malaysian election has been welcomed in global Islamic circles as well as in Australia.

Dr Qazi Ashfaq Ahmad, Sydney based veteran Islamic leader with close contacts in Malaysia and a long time colleague and mentor of Anwar Ibrahim welcomed this new development in Malaysia.

“The credit for this great outcome must be given to Dr Mahathir and the Anwar camp, led by his wife, Dr Wan Azizah who set their egos aside and reconciled in order to safeguard the interest of all Malaysians.”

Dr Ahmad, 88 further added, “We hope that at the age of 92, Dr Mahathir will show wisdom and not repeat the mistakes of the past regarding Anwar, and as he has promised, transfer the leadership to Anwar as soon as possible.”

Professor Jamil Farooqui from India, who spent 25 years in Malaysia teaching sociology at the International Islamic University (IIU) said, “Now  that there has been a drastic change in Malaysian politics with the opposition given a strong mandate by people, the new leadership should show good governance by implementing rule of law, equality for all its citizens and getting rid of corruption as a showcase for other Muslim countries to emulate.”

Professor Mumtaz Ali from IIU, Kuala Lumpur sent the following comments to AMUST:

“The recently held Election was fought under the leadership of Dr Tun Mahatir but Sri Anwar Ibrahim’s political party played a big role in the victory of opposition. His Party won altogether 100 seats out of 113. Anwar in fact created a history. Fighting from prison in the past two elections and also in the current election manifested his courage and confidence for justice. Finally he himself will enjoy justice and also I hope will guarantee justice to everyone. 

In this election, people of Malaysia through the use of their votes prove that a smooth and peaceful transfer of power can be done. Those who believe in democracy and practice it,  prove that governments which do not fulfil the expectations of people can be changed. No political party should think that they are forever.
Dr Mahathir has promised during his Press conference that based on his past experience he would improve the economic conditions of the country. He will rule the country according to the rule of law and ignore the politics of revenge. This election demonstrates the consciousness, vision and concern of people of Malaysia. Therefore they should be congratulated. Congratulation to the people of Malaysia for having a new government.”
Ms Gulhan Eryegit Yoldas, journalist and community leader based in Melbourne has the following comments:

“It’s the dawn of a new era for Malaysia as they celebrate the impressive victory of Mahathir Mohamad, who was today sworn in as Malaysia’s seventh Prime Minister.

We congratulate the newly elected Prime Minister and pray for his continued success in serving his people in his new role.

We celebrate with the Malaysian people, confident that this new government will be committed to the rule of law, to social justice and equality and work with integrity for the best outcomes for Malaysia.”