Malaysian Rivals’ Reunion Highlights Shifting Political Alliances


Anwar Ibrahim, left, the jailed opposition leader, met with Malaysia’s former prime minister, Mahathir Mohamad, right, at the High Court in Kuala Lumpur on Monday.

Najwan Halimi, via Reuters

An improbable reunion took place at the High Court in Kuala Lumpur this week, offering a snapshot of Malaysia’s fractious yet incestuous politics.

Anwar Ibrahim, the imprisoned opposition leader, was briefly allowed out of his cell to challenge a new security law. In court on Monday, in a show of support, was the man who had him put away: Mahathir Mohamad, the former prime minister.

Mr. Mahathir, Mr. Anwar’s mentor turned nemesis, now wants Mr. Anwar to join forces with him…

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