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Datuk Husam Musa said he had long wished to see the unexpected reconciliation yesterday

Mahathir-Anwar handshake a dream come true for Husam

Datuk Husam Musa said he had long wished to see the unexpected reconciliation yesterday between Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, saying it was a dream come true for him.

Husam expressed confidence that the coming together of the two political foes who have characterised Malaysian politics in the last two decades would bring new vigour and revitalise into a strong political force.

“For the sake of Malaysia, I welcome the meeting of these two pillars of Malaysian politics,” said Husam.

This afternoon, Dr Mahathir arrived at the Kuala Lumpur High Court to greet Anwar, their first meeting after Anwar was sacked from the government in 1998.

It was the first time the two leaders met after 18 years of political animosity marked by large-scale demonstrations and court trials.

Dr Mahathir dramatically sacked Anwar on September 2, 1998, sparking what was perhaps the longest-running political crisis the nation had seen.

Anwar was today brought to court by Sungai Buloh prison wardens as he sought to file his suit against the government to stop the National Security Council Act.

Dr Mahathir said his gesture today was to show his support for Anwar’s efforts.

Husam said he first expressed his wish to see both leaders making amends during a speech following the launching of the Citizens’ Declaration led by Dr Mahathir early this year.

“Dr Mahathir and (Tun) Siti Hasmah could only smile,” said Husam, recalling the response from the former prime minister and his wife when he suggested a reconciliation with Anwar.

Husam said he felt that there was something amiss in Malaysian politics, and it was the combination of Anwar and Mahathir.

“The nation is desperately in need of such a synergy,” he added.

Meanwhile, Amanah’s strategic director Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad described today’s development as a miraculous event.

“It promises the start of a new political narrative in Malaysia,” he said.

He added that now that the two leaders had made peace, there is no time to waste by talking about past mistakes.