Mahathir Mohamad

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Mahathir bin Mohamad (محاضر بن محمد; ; born 10 July 1925) is a Malaysian politician who currently serves as the prime minister of Malaysia.wikipedia
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Malaysian United Indigenous Party

PPBMBERSATUParti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia
Mahathir's political career has spanned more than 70 years starting with his participation in protests against non-Malays gaining Malaysian citizenship during the Malayan Union through to forming his own party, the Malaysian United Indigenous Party (PPBM), in 2016.
The party is led by Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad as Chairman and Muhyiddin Yassin as President.

United Malays National Organisation

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He became active in the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) before entering parliament in 1964.
Until then, all of Malaysia's Prime Ministers had been members of UMNO, until Mahathir Mohamad became the first prime minister from Pakatan Harapan, and the first prime minister to have tenures with two different parties.

Pakatan Harapan

PHAlliance of Hopeleader of the Pakatan Harapan
He is the chairman of the Pakatan Harapan coalition, as well as a member of the Parliament of Malaysia for the Langkawi constituency in the state of Kedah.
After the 2018 general elections, Pakatan Harapan chairman Mahathir Mohamad was appointed as the Prime Minister of Malaysia while its president, Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, was appointed as the Deputy Prime Minister.

1Malaysia Development Berhad scandal

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On 29 February 2016, Mahathir quit UMNO in light of its support for the actions of Prime Minister Najib Razak, in spite of the 1Malaysia Development Berhad scandal.
The event triggered widespread criticism among Malaysians, with many calling for Najib Razak's resignation – including Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, one of Najib's predecessors as Prime Minister, who eventually defeated Najib to return to power after the 2018 general election.

List of oldest living state leaders

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At 0, he is the oldest sitting state leader.
Leaders currently in office are in bold on purple, with Mahathir Mohamad of Malaysia being the oldest currently-serving head of government and Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom being the oldest currently-serving head of state.

2018 Malaysian general election

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On 8 January 2018, Mahathir was announced as the Pakatan Harapan coalition candidate for prime minister for the 2018 general election, in a plan to pardon Anwar Ibrahim and hand a role to him if the campaign was successful.
PH's leader, Mahathir Mohamad, was sworn in as Malaysia's Prime Minister on 10 May, a day after the election; at 93 years of age, Mahathir is also the world's oldest head of government.

Prime Minister of Malaysia

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Mahathir bin Mohamad (محاضر بن محمد; ; born 10 July 1925) is a Malaysian politician who currently serves as the prime minister of Malaysia.
, Mahathir Mohamad is the seventh and incumbent prime minister.

Anwar Ibrahim

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He deployed the controversial Internal Security Act to detain activists, non-mainstream religious figures, and political opponents, including the deputy prime minister whom he fired in 1998, Anwar Ibrahim.
However, he was removed from his post by Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and jailed in April 1999.

Barisan Nasional

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He is the first prime minister not to represent the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition (or its predecessor, the Alliance Party) and also the first to serve from two different parties and on non-consecutive terms.
It was also the first time Barisan Nasional became the opposition coalition after almost, taken together with its predecessor (Alliance), 61 years in power, with former prime minister and Barisan Nasional chairman Mahathir Mohamad becoming PH's leader.

Najib Razak

Najib Tun RazakDatuk Seri Najib Tun RazakMohammad Najib Abdul Razak
After leaving office, Mahathir became a strident critic of his hand-picked successor Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in 2006 and later, Najib Razak in 2015.
These protests culminated in the Malaysian Citizens' Declaration by Mahathir Mohamad, Pakatan Harapan and NGO's to oust Najib.

Alor Setar

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Born and raised in Alor Setar, Kedah, Mahathir excelled at school and became a physician.
Alor Setar is the birthplace of two Malaysian prime ministers, YTM Tunku Abdul Rahman and Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad.

Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali

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In college he met his future wife, Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali, a fellow medical student.
Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah binti Haji Mohamad Ali (born 12 July 1926) is the wife of the 4th and 7th Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.

The Malay Dilemma

While in the political wilderness, Mahathir wrote his first book, The Malay Dilemma, in which he set out his vision for the Malay community.
The Malay Dilemma is a book written by Mahathir bin Mohamad in 1970, 11 years before he became Malaysia's 4th Prime Minister.

Musa Hitam

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He appointed his close ally, Musa Hitam, as deputy prime minister.
Tun Musa bin Hitam (Jawi: موسى بن هيتم; born 18 April 1934) is a Malaysian politician who was Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia from 1981 to 1986, serving under Mahathir bin Mohamad.

Marina Mahathir

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He and Siti Hasmah had their first child, Marina, in 1957, before conceiving three others and adopting three more over the following 28 years.
She is the eldest child of the 4th and 7th Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Mahathir Mohammad and Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali.

Yusof Rawa

However, despite Mahathir's prominence as a backbencher, he lost his seat in the 1969 election, defeated by Yusof Rawa of the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS).
Yusof joined PAS in 1951, and notably unseated future Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad from the seat of Kota Setar Selatan in the 1969 election.

Abdullah Ahmad Badawi

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After leaving office, Mahathir became a strident critic of his hand-picked successor Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in 2006 and later, Najib Razak in 2015.
After Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim was dismissed, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad appointed Abdullah as Deputy Prime Minister in 1999.

Ghafar Baba

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Each of Razak's preferred candidates was elected: former Chief Minister of Melaka, Ghafar Baba; Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, a wealthy businessman and member of Kelantan's royal family; and Mahathir.
In 1986, he was appointed as Deputy Prime Minister by Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.

Ahmad Shah of Pahang

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The Agong at the time, Ahmad Shah of Pahang, agreed with the proposals in principle but baulked when he realised that the proposal would also deem Sultans to assent to laws passed by state assemblies.
His election as the 7th Yang di-Pertuan Agong in 1979 was marked with controversy as he was said to be at odds with the incoming prime minister Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.

Putrajaya

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Other Mahathir projects included the development of Putrajaya as the home of Malaysia's public service, and bringing a Formula One Grand Prix to Sepang.
Putrajaya was the idea of the then Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.

Parti Melayu Semangat 46

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UMNO Malaysia, under the leadership of Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah and with the support of both of Malaysia's surviving former prime ministers, Abdul Rahman and Hussein, registered the party Semangat 46 instead.
It was formed by Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah's "Team B" faction of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), as a challenge to prime minister Mahathir Mohamad and UMNO.

Hussein Onn

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In 1981, he was sworn in as prime minister after the resignation of his predecessor, Hussein Onn.
He was succeeded by Mahathir Mohamad, his deputy.

Operation Lalang

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Under the police operation codenamed "Operation Lalang", 119 people were arrested and detained without charge under the Internal Security Act.
The notion that racial riots were imminent however is contested, and it is widely believed that the operation was designed to control the political opponents of the Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad through draconian measures.

Internal Security Act 1960

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He deployed the controversial Internal Security Act to detain activists, non-mainstream religious figures, and political opponents, including the deputy prime minister whom he fired in 1998, Anwar Ibrahim.
The fifth Prime Minister of Malaysia, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, went on the record in 1988 to state "If we want to save Malaysia and Umno, Dr Mahathir (then Prime Minister) must be removed. He uses draconian laws such as the Internal Security Act to silence his critics."

Parliament of Malaysia

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He is the chairman of the Pakatan Harapan coalition, as well as a member of the Parliament of Malaysia for the Langkawi constituency in the state of Kedah.
In his 1970 book The Malay Dilemma, former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad stated: "In the main, Parliamentary sittings were regarded as a pleasant formality which afforded members opportunities to be heard and quoted, but which would have absolutely no effect on the course of the Government. ... The sittings were a concession to a superfluous democratic practice. Its main value lay in the opportunity to flaunt Government strength."