ABOUT M for MALAYSIA
M for Malaysia documents the 2018 Malaysian General Elections when the people of Malaysia, led by a 92-year-old former Prime Minister, overthrew one of the longest ruling governments in the world. Despite endless barriers thrown at them, the tense campaign pushed on with the most surprising result in the country’s history.
On May 9 2018, the people of Malaysia, tired of a decade of unprecedented greed and corruption by their then government, decided to make their voices heard. Led by an unlikely coalition of former political rivals headed by the 92-year-old former Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the Pakatan Harapan (Alliance of Hope) battled many obstacles and barriers in order to carry out an extraordinary campaign for change.
The film had unprecedented access to Dr. Mahathir during the election campaign and documents his final political battle at 92 years old. Working with his political nemesis whom he had once demonized and jailed, Dr. Mahathir sets out to redeem himself and right his wrongs in order to save his country, going head to head with his former protege Prime Minister Najib Razak of the Barisan National (National Front). The impetus for this was Najib’s implication in the 1MDB scandal that the US Department of Justice had classified as the largest kleptocracy in history.
Dr. Mahathir is on a mission to undo the unfathomable levels of corruption, murder scandals and a complete breakdown of the rule of law by a government which had ruled Malaysia since independence for 60 years.
I’d been in protests, amongst thousands of Malaysians before but this was different. There was a clear sense of hope and excitement but we’d also come to a point of utter desperation. Change was the only option.
60 years was long enough and like everyone else, I was utterly disgusted and fed up with the abuse of power, corruption and racial politics that had become the status quo in Malaysia.