Prime Minister is Yang Amat Berbahagia Tun Dr. Mahathir. He is the father of
moder in Malaysia. He was the Prime Minister of Malaysia for 22 years, from
1981 to 2003. It makes him become the longest-serving holder of Prime Minister.
Tun Dr. Mahathir full
name are Mahathir bin Muhamad. He was born in 10 July 1925 in Alor Setar, in
the state of Kedah in northern Malaysia. He is 92 years old in this year. Tun
Dr. Mahathir father’s name Mohamad bin Iskandar. Tun Dr. Mahathir was the
youngest child in his family. His father was a teacher at an English language
school. And Tun Dr. Mahathir mother’s name Wan Tampawan binti Wan Hanafi. She
was a housewife. Tun Dr. Mahathir was mixed blood of Indian and Malay. Because
of his father. His father is a Malayalee Muslim. It was an Indian, and his
mother was Malay. Tun Dr. Mahathir mother are Kedah royal household courtiers.
Tun Dr. Mahathir was
born in poor families. He had his primary school at Sekolah Melayu Seberang Perak,it was a
boys school. And study at Kolej Sultan Abdul Hamid for secondary school. During
the Japanese Occupation of Malaya, Tun Dr. Mahathir had selling pisang goring,
coffee and snack to support his family income. Tun Dr. Mahathir had enrolled to
study medicine at College of Medicine in Singapora named King Edward VII
College. Tun Dr.
Mahathir wife’s name Siti Hasmah binti Mohamad Ali. She meets Tun Dr. Mahathir
when they study at college. Siti Hasmah are study the same course with Tun Dr.
Mahathir. She is the only Malay female in their class. Siti Hasmah is born in a
noble family. Tun Dr. Mahathir family background is opposite to Siti Hasmah
family background. That’s become the reason Siti Hasmah parents oppose their
relationship. But Tun Dr. Mahathir touched his wife with sincere, finally Tun
Dr. Mahathir married with Siti Hasmah in August 1956.
Tun Dr. Mahathir had become a doctor in government service. He back to his
village Alor Setar to set up practice, and he became the only Malay doctor in
his village. In 1957, Tun Dr. Mahathir gets their first child, Marina.
Mahathir’s was elected of the member of the House of Representatives for Kota
Setar Selatan in 1957 until 1964. In 1965, Tun Mahathir was elected as Chairman
of the Afro-Asian People’s Solidarity Organisation’s Committee (AAPSO)
Malaysia. He also became UMNO Supreme Council Member.
Mahathir led the race riots of 13th May 1969, and he distribution to the public
of his letter to Tunku Abdul Rahman (Prime Minister). In his letter, he had criticized the manner
in which Prime Minister handled the country’s administration which was believed
to favour the ethnic Chinese. Therefore, he lost his parliamentary seat during
the third general election as he was viewed as ‘anti-Chinese’ and Malay ultra
by the non-Malays. At this time, he resumed medical practice, and wrote the
book The Malay Dilemma (1970), but the book was banned by the Malaysia
In 1972, Tun Mahathir re-joined UMNO and was elected as an UMNO
Supreme Council Member (with highest number of vote), nominated as a member of
the Dewan Negara, and became a senator. In the same year, he was appointed a
Member of the University Malaya Council. He also became Chairman of the Universiti
was appointed as the Minister of Education in 1974, and then he closed his
Klinik Maha. After one year, he was elected as Vice President of UMNO. In 1976,
he was selected to be the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia by Tun Hussein Onn.
And, he was appointed Minister of International Trade and Industry in 1977.
On 16th July 1981, he succeeded Tun Hussein Onn to become the
fourth Prime Minister of Malaysia at the age of 56.Tun Musa became his Deputy.
Then, Barisan National (BN) won decisively in the 1982 general elections, so he
launched the Bersih, Cekap & Amanah campaign. At the same in October, the
national car project was approved by the cabinet which led to the formation of
PROTON. Besides on 25th February 1983, he launched the Malaysia Incorporated
concept which was a concept of close cooperation between the public and private
2nd and 3rd August 1986, the 7th General Election, BN won 148 out of 177 seats.
He began his second term as Prime Minister and held an additional portfolio as
the Minister of Home Affairs. In 1987, he added a new portfolio as the Minister
1988, he successfully registered UMNO Baru as the High Court of Malaysia
declared UMNO an unlawful society. The 8th General Election was held on 20th
and 21st October 1990, BN won 127 seats out of 180 seats. He began his third
term as the Prime Minister of Malaysia. In 1991, he introduced ‘Vision 2020’
for the nation to become a self-sufficient industrialised nation by the year
2020 during the tabling of the 6th Malaysia Plan.
Mahathir launched the KLCC (Kuala Lumpur City Centre) Project and the Petronas
Twin Towers in September 1992. BN won 162 out of 192 seats in April 1995, he
began his fourth term as Prime Minister. And on 20th July, an agreement between
the Federal and the Selangor governments to establish the Federal Government
Administrative Centre named Putrajaya, in memory of Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra
Mahathir launched the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC), Malaysia’s national ICT
initiative in 1996. In July 1997, attacks against the Ringgit escalated. In
1998, Tun Mahathir was Malaysia’s Minister of Finance 1998 -2003, after Datuk
Seri Anwar Ibrahim was sacked from cabinet. And the National Economic Action
Council (NEAC) was created to advice the Government on all issues related
crisis issues. He and his wife Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah took the first domestic
flight from KLIA to Langkawi. Tun Mahathir imposed capital controls and pegged
In 2002, he announced his
resignation during the 2002 UMNO General Assembly and agreed to defer the
resignation in 2003. Tun Mahathir stepped down as Prime Minister after 22
years, in 2003.
has lost a genuine leader who has the heart of his people who held the post of
Prime Minister for more than two decades. His contributions to Malaysia cannot
be tabulated nor can it described in words because they are numerous and
valuable. All the people of Malaysia are equally benefited from his political
and economic policies that he has initiated for Malaysia.