Dr Mahathir Mohammad Former Prime Minister, Malaysia
Dr Mahathir Mohamad was Prime Minister of Malaysia from 1981 to 2003 and from 2018 to 2020. During this period, he opened up the country to foreign investments, reformed taxation, reduced trade barriers, oversaw the privatisation of numerous state-owned enterprises and created a world-class physical infrastructure. Malaysia developed into one of the most prosperous and dynamic economies in Southeast Asia, with a burgeoning industrial sector, an expanding middle class and enhanced quality of life. Tun Dr Mahathir retired in 2003 having served for 22 years. In 2015 Tun Dr Mahathir came out of retirement and spearheaded a campaign to topple Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak for his complicity in 1MDB, the national sovereign fund entity. The U.S. Department of Justice had described Najib Razak as committing the “biggest kleptocracy in the history of its investigation.” On 9th May 2018, the result of the 14th Malaysian General Election declared Pakatan Harapan, the coalition led by Tun Dr Mahathir, as the winner. Tun Dr Mahathir was sworn in as the 7th Prime Minister the following day. On 24th February this year, Tun Dr Mahathir resigned as Prime Minister. Tun Dr Mahathir is married to a doctor, Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali. They have seven children and sixteen grandchildren.