As one of the country's most eminent leaders, he was pugnacious, uncompromising and intolerant of dissent, but turned Malaysia from a sleepy backwater into one of the world's modern industrialised nations. However, he has pledged to grant jailed opposition icon Anwar Ibrahim a royal pardon and eventually pass the premiership on to him. That skepticism is rooted in Mahathir's record as Prime Minister between 1981 and 2003, when he fought tooth and claw to hold onto power, overseeing a tenure that The Economist called "consistently authoritarian and abrasive".
Angered by the graft scandal at state investment fund 1MDB, Mahathir emerged from political retirement and joined the opposition in an attempt to oust Najib, his former protege. Let us hope this actually comes to pass.
Fidelity International said in a note that the new government was likely to go back to the drawing board over large-scale infrastructure projects: "Mahathir in the past has said he will scrap the large "unnecessary" mega projects such as the [high speed rail] as he disagreed with the large debt taken to fund these projects".
After losing the election this week to the opposition, led by former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, there had been concerns that Najib would try to flee the country to avoid the chance of prosecution for his role in the 1MDB scandal, which he was accused of covering up while in office.
Some have likened the twists and turns of Malaysian politics to a plot by Shakespeare.
Najib and 1MDB deny any wrongdoing.
The US State Department alleges in civil lawsuits that $4.5 billion was pillaged from 1MDB in an audacious scheme of fraud and money-laundering, and funnelled to the United States where it was used to buy everything from artwork to high-end real estate. He didn't say how long the process will take and whether Anwar could be freed before his sentence ends June 8.
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But Anwar formed a reformasi movement right after his firing as Minister of Finance and deputy Prime Minister in 1998.
In the coming days, as the euphoria gives way to a realistic assessment of the situation, Mahathir and the ruling coalition will have to sort out some issues on several fronts. Mahathir is being investigated under that law for claiming a plane he was to travel on was sabotaged during the campaign. No single party within the coalition won a majority in Wednesday's vote. The prime minister himself justified the arrests as a preventive measure so the bloody 1969 race riots wouldn't repeat in the country.
But Mr Razak's ignominious defeat also speaks of the people's urge for a new paradigm in politics.
But calm returned to offshore trading of the ringgit currency, which lost four percent on Thursday.
He said, "We do not want to have a huge cabinet, but there are certain ministries which need to be filled immediately".
In a congratulatory message, Li said Mahathir has made contributions to the development of Malaysia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, China-Malaysia relations as well as cooperation in East Asia.
Mahathir said the new government would abolish "oppressive and unfair" laws and study the new anti-Fake News law and the national security council act.