THE WIT AND WISDOM OF DR MAHATHIR MOHAMAD
Malaysia’s longest-serving and most outspoken prime minister, Dr Mahathir Mohamad has been politically active for more than 60 years. As a young doctor he agitated for independence from the British and promoted the rights of the Malays, and his long political career culminated in his 22-year term as prime minister during which Malaysia’s rapid development, his forthright words and singular policies thrust the country into the eyes of the world. Throughout his career, Dr Mahathir has spoken and written in a frank and uncompromising manner and he has continued to do so since retiring from the premiership in 2003; he remains a controversial figure to this day. The Wit and Wisdom of Dr Mahathir Mohamad is a collection of nearly 600 quotations spanning his time in government and beyond. The quotations are arranged by topic, including those as varied as leadership, race relations, the media, economics and development, colonialism, international relations including Israel and Palestine, and Malaysia itself.
Dr Mahathir Mohamad was the fourth Prime Minister of the Malaysia, governing from 22 years. He is widely recognised for his bold policies, forthright views and success in developing and modernising the country.
Having qualified and practised as a doctor, Dr Mahathir first entered parliament in 1964, lost his seat in the 1969 general election and went on to write the seminal book The Malay Dilemma the following year. In 1973 he was appointed a Senator and, the following year, won a seat in Parliament and was appointed Minister of Education. In 1976 he was appointed Deputy Prime Minister, and also served as Minister of Trade and Industry from 1978 until 1981 when he took over the premiership.
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