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Mahatir Muhammad
Spelling Mahathir Bin Mohamad
  Mohamed Mahathir
  Mahatir Mohamed
  Mahathir Mohamad
  Tun Mahathir
Gender Male
Ethnic Malaysian
  Malaysian Malay
Job Prime Minister of Malaysia
  Malaysian Politician
  ex UMNO Politician
  PPBM Politician
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Political Party Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia [PPBM]
  UMNO [ex]


Son Mukhriz Mahathir
Enemy Anwar Ibrahim
1998 09
Anwar Ibrahim was sacked and led public protests against Mr Mahathir. He was arrested and eventually charged with sodomy and corruption
1999 04
Anwar Ibrahim was jailed for six years for corruption relating to alleged sodomy
2000 07
Anwar Ibrahim was sentenced to further nine years for sodomy - alleged to have had sex with five men
2002 07
Anwar Ibrahim loses appeal against corruption conviction
2004 09
Anwar Ibrahim was freed after winning appeal against sodomy conviction

2006 01 27 Retrieve

[Referring to Anwar Ibrahim] I cannot have a person who is like that… become the prime minister. Imagine having a gay prime minister. Nobody would be safe

2014 07 17
The fiery aftermath of downed Malaysian Airlines flight MH17
2015 10 13
The wrecked cockpit of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 at the Gilze Rijen airbase
2018 05 16
Anwar Ibrahim was released from prison after receiving a royal pardon, initiated by the new prime minister under whom he was first sent to prison - Mahathir Mohamad

2018 12 16 Retrieve

[The peace process in southern Thailand is going on well under former Inspector General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Noor, but these issues cannot be solved overnight] I am satisfied with his performance (as the facilitator for the southern Thailand peace talks). There are many factions in southern Thailand and this misunderstanding cannot be solved overnight

[On another note, Dr Mahathir lamented that people do not give due recognition to Asean though it’s the only regional organisation that has always been able to solve conflicts among its members peacefully] In Asean, we are able to solve (our problems) in a peaceful manner. We don’t have problems such as those in North Africa, Europe and the Middle East

2019 04 30 Retrieve

[After the Crown Prince of Johor Tunku Idris Ibrahim was filmed saying in a video that the Prime Minister Mahatir Muhammad should be changed] He thinks he is someone big, but he is just a small fry. If he thinks he’s big, go and vote and bring me down

[Separately, Dr Mahathir said he will try not to allow the country to flounder and fall, to lose dignity and sense of purpose, for as long as he lives] For as long as I live, I will try not to allow this nation of ours to flounder and fall, to lose dignity and sense of purpose. We have prevailed in the past and we will hopefully prevail now and, in the future

[He also stressed the need to find common ground and purpose to unite the country] Since I was the Prime Minister in the first round, I was frequently asked what were my secrets for being able to manage a nation which is so diverse that almost each segment has a different set of demands and priorities

There are no secrets other than the most basic and logical concepts when we are dealing with a diverse group of people. Once we established the common grounds and purposes, we can build on them

2019 09 10 Retrieve

[when asked if he sought to purchase new Russian aircraft] These are very expensive toys. Spending money on expensive fighter planes is not very productive for us. We’re not going to war with anyone, but of course we have to keep up the level of technology in our own defense forces

[Mahathir told he wanted the downed Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 investigated by a neutral body] I am not doubting [Joint Investigation Team (JIT)’s] truthfulness. But there are certain things that they claim [that are] difficult for us to accept, particularly the identification of the people who actually fired the missile. That is very difficult for anybody to determine … [During his recent interview with Sputnik, Mahathir claimed that Dutch authorities] were the ones who actually opened up the recordings and read the recordings. We were not together with them when they were doing this

2019 10 06
Economic Affairs Minister and PKR deputy president Azmin Ali, PAS chief Abdul Hadi Awang, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and Umno secretary general Annuar Musa at the Malay Dignity Congress

2019 11 07 Retrieve

[Mahathir said Malaysia was bound by its principle of non-interference in neighbours’ affairs in ASEAN] We do not want to let them use Malaysia as a base for struggle in other countries. We wanted to deport her [Mu Sochua] … now we are trying to find any country that can take her