MAHATHIR Mohamad’s stunning success in the recent Malaysian parliamentary elections at the age of 92 is proof that one can never be too old to become a leader and beat insurmountable odds.
In his case, he toppled a political alliance that had ruled Malaysia for more than 60 years, 22 of which were under his prime ministership from 1981 to 2003.
Who could have expected that Mahathir would reconcile with his protege-turned-nemesis Anwar Ibrahim?
Now they are coalition partners again, joining forces to defeat another erstwhile ally, deposed Prime Minister Najib Razak — and proving the saying that in politics, there are no permanent enemies or friends, only permanent interests.
Several months ago, Mahathir was in Manila to keynote a business conference and meet with his contemporary, former President Fidel Ramos.
Will this nonagenarian’s surprise victory inspire the 90-year-old Ramos to stage his own political comeback?