GLOBAL ONE NEWS (G1)—After almost two decades of political feud, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and his former student-turned-rival Anwar Ibrahim seemed to open the door for a renewed alliance.

The two leaders appeared at a political rally Monday, Oct. 8 as the prime minister showed support to the Port Dickinson by-election candidate.

The Free Malaysia Today reported the seaside town seat fell vacant after the incumbent resigned to give way for him.

Anwar said of Mahathir, “I love him as a father and as a leader” and claimed he would be the best leader of the country.

The rivalry between the two reportedly dates back to 1998 when the current prime minister was dismayed by Anwar’s fame.

Anwar was then ousted from the office and later charged with sodomy and corruption that sent him behind bars for 15 years.

Earlier this year, Mahathir reached out to Anwar in his determination to dethrone then-prime minister Najib Razak from his post due to multiple corruption allegations.