Dato' Seri Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad
Seri Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad became the fourth Prime Minister of Malaysia on
16 July 1981.
on 20 December 1925 in Alor Setar, the capital of the State of Kedah, Dr. Mahathir
did his early and secondary education in his home town. In 1947, he gained admission
into the King Edward VII College of Medicine in Singapore.
Upon graduation, he joined the Malaysian government service as a Medical Officer. He left in 1957 to set up his own practice in Alor Setar.
Mahathir has been active in politics since 1945. He has been a member of the United
Malays National Organisation (UMNO) since its inception in 1946.
was first elected as a Member of Parliament following the General Elections in
1964. However, he lost his seat in the subsequent General Election in 1969.
to his keen interest in the country's education, he was appointed Chairman of
the first Higher Education Council in 1968, Member of the Higher Education Advisory
Council in 1972, Member of the University Court and University of Malaya Council,
and Chairman of the National University Council in 1974.
1973, Dr. Mahathir was appointed a Senator. He relinquished this post in order
to contest in the 1974 General Elections where he was returned unopposed. Following
the elections, Dr. Mahathir was appointed the Minister of Education.
1976, Dr. Mahathir was made Deputy Prime Minister in addition to his Education
portfolio. In a Cabinet reshuffle two years later, he relinquished the Education
portfolio for that of Trade and Industry. As Minister of Trade and Industry, he
led several investment promotion missions overseas.
Mahathir was elected as one of the three Vice Presidents of UMNO in 1975. In 1978,
he won the Deputy President seat and in 1981, he was appointed President of the
party. He was returned unopposed as President in 1984.
the 1987 party elections, Dr. Mahathir defeated his challenger to retain the Presidency
and in 1990 and 1993, he was again returned unopposed as party President. Under
his leadership, the ruling party Barisan Nasional (National Front) won landslide
victories in the 1982, 1986, 1990, 1995 and 1999 General Elections.
Dr. Mahathir is married to a doctor, Datin Seri Dr. Siti Hasmah bt Mohd Ali, and they have seven children Marina, Mirzan, Melinda, Mokhzani, Mukhriz, Maizura, and Mazhar and ten grandchildren.