Now, their alliance is also making headlines.
In an interview with The Guardian, the former premier is confronted with this question and his current opinion regarding Anwar's sexual orientation.
Asked if he still believes Anwar is gay, Mahathir replied: “Well that is what the police told me.”
“I didn’t examine him, but I am dependent on the police and I have to accept their evidence,” he added.
On whether Anwar deserved to be in prison for this, the Pakatan Harapan chairperson was clear on how he felt about the matter.
“I'm a Muslim, we don't accept that. You can be a liberal and accept same-sex marriage and all that, but that's your business. We are very orthodox people,” he said.
By his words in the above recent interview, Mahathir has shown his contempt for Anwar in his (Mahathir's) belief his former deputy has been a gay. Mahathir continues to be unrepentant in his conviction that Anwar deserves to be imprisoned.
How then can such a person be relied upon to fulfil his promise to free Anwar from jail and obtain a royal pardon for him, indeed, not when he is so adamant about Anwar's guilt and deserved punishment?
Don't forget that it was Mahathir as PM when we saw Anwar Ibrahim jailed for corruption and eventually sodomy.
Utter contempt for anwar