But that all had become history. Mahathir had been trashed by his very own coterie, his own party that he had helmed for more than 20 years.
Now, they had turn their sight on his son, Mukhriz, the sole UMNO office bearer. They will finish him off soon. A special emergency Exco meeting will be held to sack him.
Mukhriz, who is an UMNO Youth Exco member, had broken ranks with his president and deputy president, his father's nemesis. The reason? He supported his father.
Mukhriz had said on Wednesday that Abdullah's speech at the Umno general assembly contained nothing new. His comment was made after the Prime Minister had openly declared that he is open to constructive criticism.
However, Pak Lah was upset over Mukhriz's remarks and said its up to the Youth movement to finish him off.
With that, it ends Mahathir's dynasty.
Mahathir never envisaged that he would retire with his political ideology cremated by the people he bred, feed, and nurtured and anointed. This is the prize and price of his decision making. To add salt to his wound, his family's political future will also be cremated alongside his.
Mahaputera is finished. It's the KJ Era, the era of the new jaggernauts; the new robber baron.