Mahathir Mohamad

Malaysian PM was ahead of his time

Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad. Photo: AFP

Dr Mahathir Mohamad is having the last laugh. Rather than going cap in hand to the International Monetary Fund, the former prime minister of Malaysia was called an idiot, an ignoramus and a pariah for introducing capital controls during the Asian financial crisis. Now look what's happening in Europe, especially with the latest rescue of Cyprus' banking system.

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Mahathir 'unafraid' of possible inquiry

Former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, who has re-emerged on the Malaysian political scene as a crusader to revive the fortunes of the battered Umno party, said he was willing to be investigated after calls for an inquiry into his time in office.

16 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

A brawler who won't quit

Five years after retiring in a blaze of glory, at 82 and nursing an ailing heart, former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad is back in a big way as leader of a growing rebel movement in the ruling Umno party.

5 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Judgment day

We want to make sure our friends are there for the sake of the prime minister and the sake of the country.' Such was the now infamous comment by a prominent lawyer caught speaking in a 14-minute video clip that sparked a scandal in Malaysia in September and is now the subject of a high-powered public inquiry into corruption at the highest levels of the judiciary.

21 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Village a key player in political row

Ismail Che Ross, 47, grows pomelos, raises goats and spends his evenings drinking coffee with his friends in Padang Pasir, in the northern states of Kedah.

The hot topic in the village is the same as elsewhere in Malaysia - the fight between former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad and his successor Abdullah Badawi.

31 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Abdullah hits back with probe of Mahathir son's deals

The escalating war of words between Mahathir Mohamad and his hand-picked successor as prime minister, Abdullah Badawi, has broadened to include the children of the two men, and in particular their business interests.

Dr Mahathir last week accused Mr Abdullah's son, Kamaluddin, and son-in-law, Khairy Jamaluddin, of corruptly benefiting from Mr Abdullah's position.

16 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Ruling party members told to stay away from Mahathir

Members of the ruling United Malays National Organisation have been ordered to ostracise Mahathir Mohamad, Malaysia's former prime minister and the party's leader for 22 years.

3 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Abdullah to hit back at Mahathir

Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi, who is under attack from his predecessor Mahathir Mohamad for alleged incompetence and betrayal, will make his case on a nationwide tour.

Mr Abdullah plans to refute Dr Mahathir's allegations in a move political analysts say will strengthen his hand in Malaysia.

Dr Mahathir will hit the road to explain why he wants Mr Abdullah out.

20 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Opposition politicians who fought Mahathir flock to hear him

The opposition politicians who once fought former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad are now clamouring to hear him speak.

Dr Mahathir, Malaysian leader for 22 years, spends much of his time criticising his hand-picked successor.

27 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Is there a PM who can satisfy Mahathir?

Malaysia's former prime minister, Mahathir Mohamad, has always been outspoken. Even though his retirement after 22 years at the helm in October 2003 in favour of his deputy, Abdullah Badawi, took his views from centre stage, his mutterings from the wings have been constant.

10 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Mahathir takes heat over harsh criticism of chosen successor

Former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad's unbridled criticism of his successor may have backfired, with senior officials, cabinet ministers and ordinary Malaysians rallying behind Abdullah Badawi.

9 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Mahathir has gone too far, say critics

Former leader is accused of undermining the government with repeated attacks

Former premier Mahathir Mohamad might have overplayed his hand when he accused his successor's government of being 'gutless', judging from the angry response his remarks have attracted.

5 May 2006 - 12:00am

Floodgates opened for Mahathir critics

After decades of fawning treatment, once-stifled critics are rounding on former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, following his criticism of his successor, Abdullah Badawi.

The scrapping of a 'scenic' bridge to replace Malaysia's half of a 1km-long causeway linking the southern state of Johor and Singapore has become a touchstone for attacks on the former premier.

20 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Mahathir attacks heir for killing pet bridge project

Former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad has openly attacked his hand-picked successor Abdullah Badawi for cancelling a pet project and accused him of failing to defend the country's sovereignty.

17 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

'Censored' Mahathir daughter hits out

The outspoken activist daughter of former Malaysian leader Mahathir Mohamad has criticised what she described as censorship of one of her newspaper columns, which described the status of Malaysian women as akin to apartheid.

10 Mar 2006 - 12:00am