Mahathir Muhammad was the PM of Malaysia, from 1981 to 2003. He enhanced the economy and was a champ of rising nations.
Mahathir Muhammad was born in 1925 in Alor Setar, Malaysia. He was doctor before becoming a politician with the UMNO party, and ascend quickly from member of parliament to PM. During his 22 years in office, he grew the wealth and was a campaigner for developing nations, but also forced harsh boundaries on civil liberties. He resigned office in 2003.
Mahathir became dynamic in the United Malays National Organization (UMNO), Malaysia’s major political party, and was chosen as its policy-making group, the Supreme Council. With the grip up of the UMNO, he won a seat in the House of Representatives in 1964. He wrote a book, The Malay Dilemma, challenging affirmative action for indigenous Malays and equal grade with Chinese-Malaysians, while also criticize Malays’ “economic backwardness.” These then-radical thoughts earned the ire of Prime Minister Abdul Rahman, and the UMNO banned the book and disqualified Mahathir from the party.
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