Since then, a lot has happened. The world has changed so much and so has Malaysia. We have the evergreen Tun Dr Mahathir return as a public hero in General Election 14 in May 2018, an election result that most people could not have foreseen.
The former Prime Minister is now in the dock facing criminal charges that can see him behind bars for decades.
One year has elapsed since that momentous day in May 2018 when Tun M became Prime Minister after a tensed night of waiting. I remember sitting in a coffee shop with my friends until past 3am, waiting for news, repeatedly clicking 'refresh' on our mobile phone to get the latest news.
At one stage, it was rumoured that an emergency would be declared.
The aftermath of GE14 saw the first East Malaysian become the Chief Justice of Malaysia - Tan Sri Richard Malanjum. He richly deserved the post for all the good things he had done for the judiciary in Sabah and Sarawak. He was the highest ranking judge then and it would have been a travesty if he had not been made Chief Justice. He is now in retirement and I wish him well.
The new Chief Justice is the first woman CJ of Malaysia. She is an excellent jurist and I hope she will dispense justice without fear or favour. Since the judicial crisis of 1988 (a subject I had written on before), the reputation of the Malaysian judiciary had suffered and never fully recovered. The Lingam tapes of fixing judicial appointments was probably the low point for the judiciary.
It is time to restore that reputation and, in appointing Malanjum and now Tengku Maimun, the Prime Minister may have taken the crucial steps necessary for redemption of the judiciary.
It is a credit to the Prime Minister that he appointed Tommy Thomas, an Indian, to the post of Attorney General of Malaysia against protests that Thomas was of the wrong race and religious background. Thomas is AG because of his credentials, not because of his skin colour or religion.
The new Inspector General of Police is another example of putting the right person to restore faith in an institution that had been seen to be beholden to the Executive.
The recent appointment of Latheefa Koya as Chief Commissioner of the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission was controversial because the PM did not go through the procedure promised in the Pakatan Harapan manifesto, not because Latheefa was not a fit and proper person to be appointed. In fact, by all accounts, she seems to be a person who will ensure that integrity and due process will be followed in the MACC from now on, without fear or favour.
The PM is now 94 and is racing against time to do what he feels he must do - what that is, only he knows. But from a layman's point of view, the people he has appointed to head the various institutions is comforting.
In the meantime, the political situation in Malaysia and in my state of Sarawak is extremely fluid. Allegiances continue to shift and change. Parti Pribumi is now in Sarawak - what impact that will have in the next State election remains unknown.
Pakatan Harapan has failed to deliver on many of its promises in its election manifesto and that will come back to haunt them in the next Sarawak State Election scheduled in 2021 but may come as early as next year.
In West Malaysia, UMNO Members of Parliament continue to defect to Pribumi. With the criminal charges being pressed in Court, will UMNO be deregistered?
What will happen to those political parties who received money from funds that flowed from 1MDB or SRC International? Will charges be brought against them and will they be deregistered?
With a new head at the MACC, will reports lodged against politicians be pursued with more vigour and what impact will that have on the next Sarawak elections?
Only time will tell but the next few months promises to be very interesting indeed.