On May 9, Malaysia shocked the world via a stunning electoral outcome that saw a nonagenarian return to power. Similar to the Brexit vote and the 2016 US presidential elections, most observers falsely predicted a narrow victory for the losing side.
Yet, only hours after election booths closed down, it became clear to everyone that the impossible had happened. At the age of 92, a remarkably robust and fiery Mahathir Mohamad, the former strongman of Malaysia, led an energized opposition against the formidable machinery of outgoing Prime Minister Najib Razak.
With legendary conviction and swagger, Mahathir braved the sweltering summer heat, a battering campaign schedule, and endless mudslinging by his critics, who mockingly claimed he was just "too old" to run for office.
Terrorism continues to be a key area of cooperation between the two countries, despite lingering complications.
The visit of Saudi Arabia’s monarch King Salman to Malaysia this week was notable for many reasons. But it was clear from the discussions that took place between the two sides that terrorism was at the forefront. Indeed, the joint statement itself quite bluntly stated that terrorism “was the most important issue that was discussed.”