It’s three weeks since they voted out their government for the first time in more than six decades. And Malaysians are getting back to work with a spring in their step.
Their hero is Mahathir Mohammed; the former prime minister who came out of retirement aged 92 and united with his former political opponents to topple the regime accused of massive graft.
The public is reading all about it as fresh details pour out from an investigation into how billions of dollars disappeared from 1MDB， a state fund overseen by ex-Prime Minister Najib Razak.
The scandal and a litany of others under Najib who was denied all wrongdoing has humiliated a country that had thrived economically under Mahathir who is now widely heralded by many relations as a savior.
I now feel very blessed. I feel very blessed because Mahathir Mohamad up to stand up for us. Thank you so much Mahathir.
I cannot see much but I’m so proud of this.
In an exclusive interview Mahathir told VOA the task of restoring Malaysia’s finances and reputation, following the damage inflicted by the previous government was immense.
My first 30 years as Prime Minister was fairly easy .I inherited a system that is already there. All I have to do is to introduce new ideas so that we can expedite the growth and development of Malaysia. But here I am dealing with a country that has been actually destroyed.
Mahathir says the new government has already found ways to knock off about 1/5 of Malaysia’s national debt which ballooned to more than 250 billion under Najib.
On Monday he announced he would drop a multi-billion dollar high-speed rail project connecting the capital with Singapore saying it was expensive and unnecessary.
Political analysts Wong Chin Huat says Mahathir it does have to shoulder some of the blame for what followed after he stepped down in 2003. But he also believes his commitment to reform now is rock-solid.
I think a lot of people are still celebrating the fact that we have a good government. But no good government lasts unless you have a good opposition. You need good opposition to check on them, to be prepared to stand in and replace them.
Malaysians are bursting with pride after a watershed moment for their country. But the battle to create a lasting optimism is only just beginning.
1. Mahathir says the new government has already found ways to knock off about 1/5 of Malaysia’s national debt
knock off 减去
We have knocked 10% off admission prices.
2. You need good opposition to check on them, to be prepared to stand in and replace them.
check on 检查，核对，查验
You should go to have the doctor check on your health.
他们的英雄就是马哈蒂尔 穆罕默德(Mahathir Mohammed) 。曾担任前总理的他从退休状态中走出，虽然已经92岁，但还是联合前政敌之力推翻了受贿成风的政权 。
公众得以了解最新的调查进展，因为关于一马发展有限公司(1MDB)数十亿美元如何凭空蒸发的调查结果悉数公开 。而这笔资金本是由前总理纳吉布(Najib Razak)负责监管的 。
除了这次丑闻之外，还有一系列丑闻与纳吉布有关，虽然他本人并不承认，但已经让整个国家蒙羞，败坏了马哈蒂尔执政期间留下的大好经济发展局势 。所以，现在很多人将马哈蒂尔奉为救世主 。
我当政的30年可谓顺风顺水，因为我沿袭了前人留下的体系 。我只需要引入新的思想，以便加速国家的发展 。但现在，我接手的是一个已然支离破碎的国家 。
马哈蒂尔表示，新政府已经找到诸多方法来还清买来西亚1/5的国债 。而国债在纳吉布执政期间已经激增至2500亿美元 。
周一，他宣布，会停止某耗资几十亿美元的高速铁路项目，这个项目可以将吉隆坡和新加坡连接在一起 。竣工的原因是该项目价格高昂，不是非做不可 。
政治分析师黄金华(Wong Chin Huat)表示，马哈蒂尔免不了要为自己2003年卸任后发生的事情负部分责任，但他也相信马哈蒂尔进行变革的心坚如磐石 。
我觉得，很多人还沉浸在好政府上台的喜悦中 。但如果没有好的反对党，好的政府也不会持续下去，因为好的反对派可以监督执政党，并随时准备好取代执政党 。
感谢收听大卫(Kuala Lumpur)为您从吉隆坡发回的报道 。