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Y.A.Bhg. Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad

Translation by Syed Zulfilda S.M. Noor

The First Medical Doctor to become Prime Minister of Malaysia.

The First Malay Doctor to open his own clinic.
The Longest Serving Prime Minister of Malaysia.
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Y.A.Bhg. Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, the fourth Prime Minister of Malaysia, is a prominent politician, statesman and a leader of international stature, well-known for his constructive and, at times controversial ideas and firm in propagating his opinions and thoughts. He was born on 20th December, 1925 in Seberang Perak, Alor Setar, Kedah. He obtained his early education at the Seberang Perak Boys' School and his secondary education at the Sultan Abdul Hamid College, both in Alor Setar. He passed his Senior Cambridge with flying colours in 1945. In 1947, he continued his studies at the King Edward VII College of Medicine, Singapore. He obtained his medical degree (MBBS) in 1962.

Career Summary:

  • Trainee Doctor, Penang General Hospital
  • Medical Officer, Alor Setar General Hospital (1954)
  • Has served at Langkawi Hospital, Jitra Hospital and Perlis Hospital
  • Started his own private clinic (MAHA Klinik) in Alor Setar (1957)
  • Minister of Education ( 5 Sept. 1974)
  • Deputy Prime Minister (5 March, 1976). While still retaining his Education portfolio.
  • Took over the Ministry of Trade and Industry.
  • Appointed the Fourth Prime Minister by His Majesty Yang di-Pertuan Agong on 18 July 1981
  • Defence Minister ( 18 July, 1981 until 6 May, 1986) while being the Prime Minister.
  • Minister of Home Affairs( 7 May, 1986) while being the Prime Minister.
  • Minister of Law (1987), apart from Minister of Home Affairs and (of course) Prime Minister.
  • Minister of Home Affairs ( Oct 1990 - Jan 1999) while being the Prime Minister
  • Minister of Finance and Minister with Special Functions ( 5 June, 2001) apart from being the Prime Minister.

Involvements in Politics:

  • Member, Malay Youth Association, Kedah
  • UMNO member, Alor Setar Division
  • Member, Alor Setar Town Council (1950's)
  • Member of Parliament, Kota Setar South (1964)
  • Member, UMNO Supreme Council (1973)
  • Appointed Senator by the Kedah Executive Council
  • Member of Parliament, Kubang Pasu (1974 until now)
  • Vice President of UMNO (1980)
  • President of UMNO (June 11981 until now)

In the field of international relations, he was able to attract the attention of the world, especially the United Nations. Through his speeches at the United Nations, his criticisms of Western countries and major world powers, he has astounded many parties in his boldness in putting forward his views and his visions about world order. He has become the foremost leader from the Third World countries and is being looked up upon by his fellow peers.

Involvements at the International Front:

  • President, United Nations Sponsored International Conference on Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking (ICDAIT), Vienna, Austria (1987)
  • Chairman, High Level Appraisal Group (HLAG) CHOGM (1989)
  • Chairman, the 27th CHOGM Conference in Kuala Lumpur
  • Chairman, the Group of 11, Commonwealth Heads of Government
  • Officiated the Opening Ceremony of Zimbabwe International Trade Fair, the first non-African to be given such an honour since the Trade Fair was launched 34 years ago (1994)
  • Vice President, World Solar Commission (1996)

In the field of national development, it was obvious that Tun Dr. Mahathir created a paradigm shift in the structure of the economic system in Malaysia. From a country that depended so much on self-subsistence agriculture, cultivation of rubber and tin mining, Malaysia has been transformed into a vibrant economic based on trading and industrialization. Dr. Mahathir introduced heavy and high technology industries that have become developed and competitive. He has also initiated several changes in the administrative system of the country, by introducing several policies which, among others, include the Look East Policy by emulating the good qualities of the East Asian countries, the 'Clean, Efficient and Trustworthy' policy, 'Leadership By Example' policy, and instilling 'Islamic Values in Administration' policy which would make the government machinery more efficient, of higher quality and more competitive. The implementation of such policies has resulted in the Malaysian Civil Service being one of the best in the world.

In order to achieve the status of a developed country, Tun Dr. Mahathir has conceptualized VISION 2020, where by the year 2020 Malaysia is expected to be a fully developed country. He has called upon the entire citizens of Malaysia to work harder and prepare themselves to really achieve THAT VISION. In the late 1990s, Tun Dr. Mahathir has taken steps to enable Malaysia to face the future by establishing the MULTIMEDIA SUPER CORRIDOR (MSC), which emphasizes 'Information Technology"(IT) as very important asset for the country in the new millennium.

During his schooling days, Tun Dr. Mahathir had great interest in writing. He used to be the editor of the Darulaman magazine, published by the Sultan Abdul Hamid Collage. While studying at the University, he was the editor of the magazine published by the Medical College of Singapore. Among his works are 'The Monetary Crisis of Malaysia: How and Why It Happened', 'A New Deal for Asia' , 'The Way Forward' 'The Voice of Asia: Two Leaders Discuss The Coming Century' , 'The Malaysian System of Government' , 'Memerangi Kemiskinan : Peladang, Penternak dan Nelayan' , ' Regionalism, Globalism and Spheres of Influence' , 'The Challenge' , 'Guide for Small Businessmen' , 'Malay Dilemma' , 'Warisan Kepimpinan' and 'Menghadapi Cabaran'.

In appreciation of his immense contributions, Tun Dr. Mahathir received countless awards from within the country and internationally.Click to preview.

His contributions to religion, people and nation are immense in propelling Malaysia to become a dynamic, modern and progressive nation. His fortitude as the nation's main pillar for two decades is an achievement that makes us very proud.

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