Malaysian opposition leader fights charge

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, July 1 (UPI) -- Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, accused in a sodomy complaint by his former aide, has been promised fair treatment by police.

Malaysian official invites Mugabe

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, April 3 (UPI) -- If Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe goes into exile he would be welcome in Malaysia, former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said Thursday.

Malaysian PM's authority is challenged

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, March 21 (UPI) -- Malaysia's leading political party faces a split following a challenge to the leadership of Prime Minister Abdullah bin Ahmad Badawi, a published report said.

Former Malaysian PM Mahathir in hospital

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, 81, was admitted to a hospital Thursday in Kuala Lumpur after reportedly suffering a mild heart attack.

Mahathir urges Muslims to build weapons

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, June 1 (UPI) -- Former Malaysian leader Mahathir Mohamad has urged Muslims to build their own weapons rather than relying on Western imports, a news report said Thursday.

Malaysian Muslims angry over criticism

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, March 11 (UPI) -- The daughter of a former Malaysian prime minister said there is "an insidious growing form of apartheid" between Muslim and non-Muslim women in the country.

Source: Abramoff contacted Rove for client

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- A former associate of Jack Abramoff claims the lobbyist contacted presidential adviser Karl Rove to arrange a White House meeting with Malaysian officials.

Ex-Malaysian official sues over 'gay' slur

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Malaysia's former deputy premier is suing the country's former prime minister over allegations accusing him of homosexuality. Anwar Ibrahim demanded an apology from former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, who said in September that he fired Ibrahim in 199

Beijing opposes exclusive East Asia bloc

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao told leaders at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations forum in Kuala Lumpur that China does not seek regional leadership. He also "made it clear that China is opposed to building any self-enclosed or exclusive bloc in the E

Anwar awarded $1.2 million in libel suit

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Malaysia's High Court has awarded former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim $1.2 million in damages over a pamphlet that called him corrupt and a homosexual. The pamphlet, "Fifty Reasons Why Anwar Ibrahim Cannot Be Prime Minister," circulated in 1998, is

Malaysia, Singapore resume bilateral talks

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia, March 1 (UPI) -- Singapore and Malaysia were due to resume talks Tuesday to examine outstanding bilateral issues in more details. Singapore Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong and Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi met in Malaysia's administrative capital of Putraja

Malaysia's Proton to get new chairman

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Malaysia's state-controlled automaker Proton was expected Sunday to appoint Mohamad Azlan Hashim as its new chairman after Abu Hassan Kendut quit the post.

Mahathir says peg should be reviewed

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Malaysia's currency peg against the weak U.S. dollar should be reviewed, former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said Wednesday.

Singapore GIC takes stake in Proton

SINGAPORE, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- The Government of Singapore Investment Corp. has bought a 5 percent stake in Proton Holdings, Today newspaper reported Thursday.

Analysis: Malaysia's outlook bright

SINGAPORE, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Recent economic data are indicating that strong GDP growth in Malaysia may have been sustained in the third quarter, outperforming most of its neighbors. Strong
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Mahathir Mohamad
MAL2001082503 - 25 AUGUST 2001 - MALAYSIA: Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, right, meets Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat as he visits to Seri Perdana Putrajaya, Mahathir's official residence Saturday, August 25, 2001. Arafat arrived in Malaysia from Beijing Saturday as part of a whirlwind Asian tour and was scheduled to leave for Bangladesh later the same day. mk/aa/HO UPI

Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad (pronounced ; born December 20, 1925) is a retired Malaysian political figure. He was the fourth Prime Minister of Malaysia. He held the post for 22 years from 1981 to 2003, making him Malaysia's longest-serving Prime Minister, and one of the longest-serving leaders in Asia. During his term in office, he was credited for engineering Malaysia's rapid modernisation. Mahathir is also known for his criticisms of western and developed countries.

During his administration, he was considered to be one of Asia's most influential leaders. Mahathir is also noted in the Western world as an outspoken critic of Western-style globalization.

Mahathir was born in Alor Star, the capital of the northern Malaysian state of Kedah, the youngest of nine children of a schoolteacher and a housewife. His father, Mohamad Iskandar, was of half-Indian origin, being the son of a Malayalee Muslim (who migrated from Kerala) and a Malay mother, while Mahathir's own mother, Wan Tampawan, was Malay.

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