Malaysia election: After bruising polls, friends bridge political divide

Life goes back to normal in Kedah, with fears of violence failing to materialise

Friends (from far right) Ahmad Tarmizi Din, Bahadun Salim and Effendi Yakob, who all voted for different parties in Wednesday's election, having breakfast together in Kedah yesterday. Supporters of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad cheering him outside the She
Friends (from far right) Ahmad Tarmizi Din, Bahadun Salim and Effendi Yakob, who all voted for different parties in Wednesday's election, having breakfast together in Kedah yesterday.ST PHOTO: ARLINA ASHAD
Friends (from far right) Ahmad Tarmizi Din, Bahadun Salim and Effendi Yakob, who all voted for different parties in Wednesday's election, having breakfast together in Kedah yesterday. Supporters of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad cheering him outside the She
Supporters of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad cheering him outside the Sheraton Hotel in Petaling Jaya, where he held a press conference yesterday. Similar scenes of celebration erupted across the country.ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR

It was way past bedtime, but the hundreds of faces gathered under a large white gazebo in Alor Setar were bright as day as they cheered the historic victory of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in the election.

Young women wearing the tudung whizzed around on motorcycles, and special-effect red smoke puffed up in the sky.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 11, 2018, with the headline 'After bruising polls, friends bridge political divide'. Print Edition | Subscribe