Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures, and nowhere more than in Malaysia, struggling with a political scandal that has all but paralyzed governance. Thus it was that on Sept. 5 the jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim met his enemy and persecutor of 18 years, Mahathir Mohamad. It was Mahathir’s forces that engineered trumped-up charges of sexual perversion that put Anwar in prison in 1999, to be freed in 2004 when Abdullah Ahmad Badawi became prime minister.

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