SINGAPORE (May 21): Anwar Ibrahim has been pardoned and released from prison. Lim Guan Eng has been appointed Minister of Finance, subject to the clearing of graft charges against him. The Auditor-General’s report on 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) has been declassified. Police have been seen searching the home of former Prime Minister Najib Razak. And, it has been only a week since Pakatan Harapan (PH), led by Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, swept aside Barisan Nasional (BN) in a stunning election victory.  

For many Malaysians, it all feels like the end of a bad dream. We now know that the hanky-panky at 1MDB began within months of Najib’s becoming prime minister in 2009.  

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