There is an asymmetry to Najib and Guan Eng naik turun mahkamah. There is however a symmetry to their judicial ‘fortunes’ on the political calendar.
Harapan won the general election on 9 May 2018.
Najib was first charged in court on 4 July 2018, coinciding with the American Independence Day.
Najib had been arrested the day before on July 3.
The authorities made their move on Najib in less than four months (three months, 23 days) after Harapan‘s arrival at Putrajaya.
Guan Eng was discharged of his corruption changes on 2 Sept 2018.
The DAP chairman was released from his bungalow-Gate court cases exactly two months after the Umno ex-president was shackled with his 1MDB court cases.
Guan Eng accepted an appointment as a Mahathir 2.0 cabinet minister even though at the time, his case was still in court.
For many decades, Dapsters had believed that DAP would swiftly put Mahathir on trial should the opposition come to power. How easily the Chinese are fooled …
When BN was in power, Guan Eng was facing charges.
After Harapan grabbed power, Guan Eng was freed of his charges.
Following Harapan’s loss of power in March 2020, Guan Eng was charged again – relating to a different corruption offence – on 7 Aug 2020.