Mahathir bin Mohamad

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Mahathir bin Mohamad

(mähä`tĭr bĭn mōhäm`äd), 1925–, Malaysian political leader. A doctor by training, he first entered parliament in 1964 and rose in the United Malays National Organization (UMNO), but lost his seat and was expelled from UMNO in 1969 after criticizing Prime Minister Tunku Abdul RahmanAbdul Rahman, Tunku,
, 1903–90, Malaysian political leader. A prince (tunku), he was the fifth son of Sultan Abdul Halim Shah of Kedah and was educated in England at Cambridge. Abdul Rahman entered the Kedah state civil service in 1931.
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. Subsequently readmitted into UMNO, he was reelected to parliament in 1974 and held several ministerial posts in the 1970s, including deputy prime minister beginning in 1976. Prime minister of the UMNO-led National Front coalition government after 1981, Mahathir sought to make Malaysia an industrial nation and develop Malay businesses, and promoted nonindividualistic "Asian values" while often denouncing the West. Although Malaysia made enormous and rapid economic progress under Mahathir, political stability was maintained by not tolerating dissent and restricting political freedoms, and his government was denounced for human-rights abuses. He retired as prime minister in 2003 and was succeeded by Abdullah Ahmad BadawiAbdullah Ahmad Badawi
, 1939–, Malaysian government official and politician. A graduate of the Univ. of Malaya (B.A. 1964) and the son of a prominent politician, he held a series of civil service posts, including deputy secretary general (1974–78) in the ministry of
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. Out of office he continued to be outspoken and has been critical of the Malaysian government. In 2008–9 he resigned from the UMNO in protest against his successor's leadership, and he resigned again in 2016 in protest against the party's support for Najib RazakNajib Razak
or Najib Tun Razak
, 1958–, Malaysian politician. A Malay, he is a member of a prominent political family, the son of Malaysia's second prime minister, Abdul Razak, and the nephew of its third, Hussein Onn.
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. He became the leader of the Malaysian United Indigenous party, and in the 2018 elections led the opposition Coalition of Hope to a majority and became prime minister. Mahathir defended his record in his 2011 memoir, A Doctor in the House.

Bibliography

See biography by B. Wain (2010); study by I. Stewart (2003).

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The press conference was attended by Qatari Ambassador to Malaysia HE Fahad Mohammed Kafoud, Chief Minister of the State of Kedah Dato' Seri Mukhriz Tun Mahathir and Chief Executive Officer of Langkawi Development Authority Dr Hezri Bin Adnan.
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UN concerned over India's move to revoke special status of Kashmir Hours after India's move, the premier held phone conversations with Malaysian PM Tun Mahathir bin Mohamad and Turkey's President Recep Tayyib Erdogan.
Hours after India's move, the premier held phone conversations with Malaysian PM Tun Mahathir bin Mohamad and Turkey's President Recep Tayyib Erdogan.
I am tied to the PH consensus that I should give the full space for PM Tun Mahathir to lead the present Cabinet and the understanding is that I will only assume [office] at the right moment.
Earlier in the day, the prime minister also spoke to Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Mahathir bin Mohamad who expressed concern over the situation in the IOK.
ISLAMABAD -- President Dr Arif Alvi Friday conferred Nishan-e-Pakistan, the highest civil award of Pakistan, on Prime Minister of Malaysia Tun Mahathir bin Mohamad in recognition of his extraordinary services and contribution to steadfast friendship.
During his stay, Tun Mahathir would be the Guest of Honour at the Pakistan Day Parade on 23 March.
During his stay in Islamabad, Prime Minister Tun Mahathir would be the Guest of Honour at the Pakistan Day Parade on 23 March.
Referring to the statement made by the Malaysian Prime Minister, Segaran further said that Tun Mahathir was right in saying that Naik can stay in Malaysia provided he did not do anything wrong or cause unrest.
"Tun Mahathir Mohamad turned the elections into a referendum on my leadership," Najib said in a statement.