Fast facts on Mahathir Mohamad | CNN


Here is a look at Mahathir Mohamad, the former Prime Minister of Malaysia.

Date of Birth: July 10, 1925 (officially recorded December 20, 1925)

place of birth: Alor Setar, Kedah

dad: Muhammad Iskandar, an Indian Muslim and teacher in northern Malaysia

marriage: Siti Hasmah Ali (1956)

Children: Marina, Mirzan, Melinda, Makhzani, Mukhrez, Mayzoora and Mazhar

education: He entered King Edward VII Medical College in Singapore in 1947

religion: Islam

He became the oldest world leader at 92 when he was sworn in as Prime Minister of Malaysia in 2018, after a decade and a half of retirement. Mahathir was also the Prime Minister of Malaysia from July 1981 to October 2003.

He is a physician, and one of his nicknames is Dr. M.

After losing his first seat in Parliament, he wrote a book called The Malay Dilemma. The book contained racial stereotypes but helped establish Mahathir as an advocate for Malay rights.

It is credited with transforming Malaysia into a major trading and economic powerhouse in Southeast Asia.

1946 Joins the United Malays National Organization (UMNO).

1964Elected to Parliament for the first time.

1969 – He loses his seat in parliament and is expelled from UMNO.

1972 – Back to UMNO.

1973 He is appointed as a member of the upper house of the Malaysian Parliament.

1974 – He was elected Minister of Education.

1976 He becomes deputy prime minister.

July 1981 – He became the fourth Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs and Minister of Justice of Malaysia.

January 1989 He underwent heart surgery.

1998 He dismisses his deputy, Anwar Ibrahim, and accuses him of sodomy and corruption.

June 2002 announces his resignation.

October 16, 2003 At a 57-nation Islamic summit in Malaysia, Mahathir claimed in a speech that the Jews “rule the world by proxy. They make others fight and die for them.”

October 31, 2003 – Mahathir retires and transfers leadership to his deputy, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

September 2007 – He underwent heart bypass surgery after a heart attack within 10 months.

May 16, 2008 The Malaysian government announced that it had launched an investigation into corruption by the Mahathir administration in the 1980s and 1990s.

May 19, 2008 Mahathir resigns from the United Malays National Organization, Malaysia’s ruling party.

December 1, 2013 – He steps down from his position as a consultant to the oil and gas company Petronas, due to ill health.

March 30, 2016 – He resigned from the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors of Malaysian Motor Holdings Proton after serving more than two years. Proton is the leading automaker in Malaysia and was founded by Mahathir in 1983 as the only national automaker.

January 2018 – Mahathir has been named as a candidate for the post of Prime Minister. He says that Prime Minister Najib Razak is holding the country back and that the opposition parties need him because they “couldn’t get the rural Malay vote”.

May 9, 2018 – Mahathir’s coalition won 121 seats in the country’s parliament, enough to form a simple majority and control the lower house. Voter turnout exceeded 76% according to the Malaysian Election Commission.

May 10, 2018 – He was sworn in as Prime Minister by the constitutional ruler of Malaysia, King Muhammad V.

February 24, 2020 – Mahathir’s office announces his resignation as Prime Minister of Malaysia.

November 19, 2022 – Mahathir loses his seat in Parliament in his first electoral defeat since 1969.

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