Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Mahathir Mohamad

Mahathir Mohamad
Considered the major architect of the so-called Malaysian economic miracle of the 1980s and 1990s, Dr. Dato Seri Mahathir Mohamad was the the prime minister of Malaysia from 1981 to 2003.

Through his carrier as the leader of the Malaysia government he continuously advocated and propagated active intervention of the government and state institutions in economic development and economic restructuring of the country.

During his term in office Malaysia experienced one of the fastest rates of economic growth in the region.

Mahathir was born in Alor Setar , Kedah in 1925. He graduated from the University of Malaya in Singapore in 1953 and was working in the government medical service until 1957.

He became actively involved in politics from 1945, when he joined the Kedah Malay Union and Kedah Malay Youth Organization.

He joined the united Malays National Organization (UMNO) , the leading political party in Malaysia and won a parliamentary seat in 1946.

In 1974 he won a parliamentary seat and was appointed as the minster for education.

In 1976 he became the deputy prime minster and in 1978 he acquired the portfolio of the minster for trade and industry.

In 1981, Mahathir Mohamad became the president of the UMNO, the prime minster and the minister for home affairs.

As the prime minister of Malaysia, Mahathir Mohamad launched the “Look East Policy,” which envisioned rapid economic growth of the country through developing new work ethics adaptation of new technologies and developing quality education.

Mahathir led government continued to use five year indicative plans, which were introduced in the middle of the 1960s, as a basis for the official development strategy “Malaysia 2020.”

Malaysia five year indicative plans target certain economic growth and social changes and allocate public resources for priority sectors of the economy and for infrastructure development.

Among the priority projects controlled by the five year indicative plans were the national car (Proton) scheme, construction of a large steel complex (Perwaja) and several other large industrial enterprises.
Mahathir Mohamad
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