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Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was the fourth Prime Minister of Malaysia (1981 - 2003). He opened the country to foreign investment, reformed taxation, reduced trade barriers, led the privatisation of numerous state-owed enterprise, and created a world-class physical infrastructure. He also sought to bridge Malaysia’s ethnic divides by increasing general prosperity. In 1991, he launched the New Development Policy, which emphasised industrial and commercial development and the elimination of poverty.
Under Tun Dr. Mahathir’s leadership, 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. Malaysia also played a more active role in the international arena, acting as the voice for developing nations in Asia and Africa. Always with one eye on the future, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad unveiled Vision 2020 in 1991, a blueprint for Malaysia’s journey to becoming a developed economy and a mature democracy by the year 2020. However, it is not without controversy, especially given his administration's human rights records.
In this important event, Dr Mahathir will outline his views on what has happened to Malaysia, where the country stands today, whether the country is moving in the right trajectory, and what needs to be done to ensure Malaysia stays on the correct path.
This event was brought to you by the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Study, in collaboration with the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) at Senate House, University of London.