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15 History The Legendary Tun Mahathir Broken In Malaysia and The World – 7 Leadership Lessons

1.Oldest Prime Minister And Politicians In The World 

At 92, he is the oldest living Prime Minister of Malaysia and the world’s oldest sitting head of state or government.

2. The First Prime Minister Not Representing UMNO

He is the first Malaysian PM not to represent the long-serving UMNO–Barisan Nasional coalition.

3. He is also the first Malaysian PM to serve non consecutive terms

He became the 4th and the 7th Prime Minister of Malaysia.

4. Longest Serving Prime Minister In The World

Tun previously led the country for 22 years and soon, he will become one of the longest serving Prime Ministers in the world.

He previously served as prime minister from 1981 to 2003, making him the office’s longest-serving holder. His political career has spanned more than 70 years since he first joined a newly formed United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) in 1946, before forming his own party Malaysian United Indigenous Party in 2016.

5. The Only Person In History To Lead 2 Different Political Party and Win

When he lead Barisan Nasional in the government he wins and never lost that 2/3 majority in the parliament . Barisan Nasional (BN) back then winning in large majorities when he led the country from 1981 to 2003.When he leads Pakatan Harapan wins !

6. Breaking Malaysia 61 year Political History

The victory ensures that the coalition forms the federal government, ending Barisan Nasional’s unbroken 61-year rule. Pakatan Harapan has won the 14th General Election (GE14) and mandate for the next five years, creating history as the first party to replace Barisan Nasional (BN) which has ruled the country since its independence.

7. The First Prime Minister Being The Prime Minister With The Tun Title 

Y.A.Bhg Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad antara yang telah dianugerahkan Pingat Seri Maharaja Mangku Negara pada 31 Oktober 2003 setelah bersara dari jawatan Perdana Menteri Malaysia ke-IV.

8. Capturing 3 States That Barisan Nasional Have Never Lost Before

BN strongholds of Melaka, Johor and Negri Sembilan

9. The Same Person Who Bring Up and Bring Down Multiple Prime Minister And Deputy Prime Minister

Mahathir’s comeback is full of interesting plot twists. Najib’s rise to power in 2009 owes much to the elder statesman, who orchestrated a campaign to push out Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, his successor in the long-ruling coalition anchored by the United Malays National Organisation, the country’s biggest party. Then, angered by Najib’s economic policies and the 1MDB scandal, Mahathir bolted from Najib’s party in 2016 and joined forces with the opposition.

That defection required a tenuous rapprochement between Mahathir and Anwar, who had served as his deputy in the late 1990s during the Asian financial crisis. After Mahathir fired Anwar in 1998, Anwar spent the next six years in prison on convictions for abuse of power and sodomy.

Dia naikkan Badawi , dia juga mampu turunkan Badawi.

Dia naikkan Najib, dia juga mampu turunkan Najib.

Dia jatuhkan Anwar, dia juga mampu naikkan Anwar.

Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, Tun Musa Hitam, Tun Ghafar Baba and Anwar Ibrahim are all former Deputy Minister that Tun Mahathir to destroy their political career as Malaysia Deputy Prime Minister.

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To certain extend , some belief he also won his political battle against Tengku Abdul Rahmah ( 1st Prime Minister ) and Tun Hussein Oon ( 3rd Prime Minister ).

In total Mahathir succesfully won all his internal and external battle against 4 Prime Minister and 4 Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia !

10. Quit UMNO The Most Times In UMNO History 

In 1969, however, Dr Mahathir was expelled from Umno after his forceful advocacy of ethnic Malay nationalism brought him into conflict with then Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman.

Dr Mahathir rejoined Umno in 1970, was re-elected to its supreme council in 1972 and to Parliament in 1974. Later, in 1974, he was appointed as the minister of education.

He first quit in May 2008 during the tenure of former prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. In 2009, he rejoined Umno when Najib became prime minister. In 2016 , he quits UMNO and again !

11. The Only Politician Who Can Break UMNO Felda Vote Bank In Malaysia Political History

Felda activist Mazlan Aliman has hailed voters in Felda settlement areas for giving Pakatan Harapan victories in 19 parliamentary seats in yesterday’s general election.

At the general elections on Wednesday, PH won the parliamentary seats of Kubang Pasu, Kulim Bandar Baharu (Kedah), Sungai Siput, Tanjung Malim (Perak), Hulu Selangor and Kuala Selangor (Selangor), Kuala Pilah and Tampin (Negeri Sembilan).

The coalition also captured the seats of Alor Gajah (Melaka), Pagoh, Sekijang, Labis, Segamat, Simpang Renggam, Kulai, Tebrau (Johor), Bentong, Raub and Temerloh (Pahang).

PAS also won the Kemaman, Dungun, Setiu and Kuala Nerus seats situated near Felda areas.

For decades, Felda areas had been regarded as BN strongholds. Some Umno leaders, including former federal minister Nazri Aziz, had dismissed PH’s ability to win 20 seats in Felda areas.

He said Felda was “Umno’s brainchild” and said any effort to make the settlers abandon the party was bound to end in frustration.

12. The Only Person Who Can Promote His 2 of His Previous Opponent As Prime Minister  

Early during Mahathir’s tenure as prime minister, a bitter dispute erupted within the ruling UMNO party and it was divided into two camps, which were colloquially known as ‘Team A’, comprising Mahathir loyalists, and ‘Team B’, which supported former Minister of Finance Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah and former Deputy Prime Minister Musa Hitam. Mahathir prevailed, leading to the exclusion of Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah from the newly established UMNO (Baru) or New UMNO. Abdullah was a close supporter of his political mentor Musa Hitam in Team B and as a result, he was sacked from his post of Minister of Defence in the Cabinet. Later on he appointed Tun Badawi as Malaysia 4th Prime Minister.

Anwar served as the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia from 1993 to 1998 and Finance Minister from 1991 to 1998 when he was a member of UMNO, the major party in the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition. However, he was removed from his post by Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and jailed in April 1999. Today he will be promoting and hand over to Anwar Ibrahim as the 8th Prime Minister of Malaysia !

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The only person in history that is being able to pick 3 Prime Minister of Malaysia as his successor ( Badawi , Najib and Anwar ) !

13. Being The Prime Minister With 3 Different Political Party 

UMNO LAMA , UMNO BARU and BERSATU

Immediately after the controversial 1987 UMNO election, Razaleigh�s supporters discovered that ineligible delegates took part in the UMNO general assembly. So, a group of UMNO members known as the �UMNO 11� filed a case seeking a court declaration that the 1987 UMNO conference was null and void.

When the court was satisfied that ineligible delegates had participated in the UMNO general assembly, the judge had no choice but to declare UMNO an unlawful society – which resulted in UMNO, the party dominating the BN coalition, being deregistered under the Societies Act. The judge arrived at this decision because UMNO had clearly contravened its constitution.

The lawyer representing the �UMNO 11� responded that his clients only wanted the elections to be declared null and void without declaring UMNO an illegal society.

Immediately, the UMNO lawyer stood up and submitted that his clients had no objection to the judge�s findings. In fact, he was indeed pushing for UMNO to be declared an illegal society earlier on � obviously he must have been instructed by the UMNO leadership to push for the deregistration of UMNO.

Thus, UMNO, the political party of the vast majority of Malays, met with its �sudden demise�.

Immediately, Mahathir, the man without a party, resigned the chairmanship of the BN. But he held on to the post of PM. This was the first time in our history when an ordinary MP without a party, held the post of PM.

Within days, the constitution for a new party, namely �UMNO Baru� (New UMNO) was submitted to the Registrar of Societies. It was a Saturday and on Monday the new party was registered. It was a miraculously efficient performance by a civil servant in Malaysia deserving to go down in the Malaysian Book of Records as the fastest registration of a political party!

14. Founded 2 Political Party And Wins ! ( UMNO BARU and BERSATU ) 

“UMNO ditubuhkan pada tahun 1946 kemudian dibubarkan pada 1987 dan selepas itu hidup semula satu parti baharu dinamakan ‘UMNO Baru’. Pada saya, parti UMNO Baru itu adalah parti ciptaan Dr Mahathir dan sekarang Dr Mahathir cipta lagi satu parti iaitu parti Bersatu.”  – Timbalan Pengerusi Majlis Profesor Negara (MPN), Prof Ulung Datuk Dr Shamsul Amri Baharuddin

15. KLCC Is The World Tallest Building In 1998

When Dr Mahathir was premier, he built two 88-storey towers, making them the world’s tallest buildings when they were ready in 1998.

Lesson No 1. Age

Age is just a number. Successful people do not worry about their age. It doesn’t define who they are, their ability to think and act. When you are passionate about something you can find all the energy and brain to pursue your purpose untill your last breath.

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Lesson No 2. Master of Your Own Destiny

Almost every other day, there is someone talking about Tun Mahathir’s age, his ability to think and decide, and the mistakes he made in the past. But nothing hinders him or slows him down. He knows exactly what he wants and ignores all the perception that won’t help him in achieving his goals. He teaches us, “be the master of your own destiny”, don’t let others decide your destiny.

Lesson No 3. Warrior Minded

Warrior is someone who is ready to die in order to win. So, going not only the extra miles, but whatever distance it takes. You don’t stop. You don’t give excuses. You don’t run away from challenges. You take the bull by its’ horn. Indeed, we see in our own eyes how Tun M faces people, his arch critics and his preparedness to face anyone anytime. A true leader is a true warrior in every aspect.

Lesson No 4. Leader is Reader.

A reader is not necessarily a leader but a leader is certainly an ardent reader. Why even at age 93, he speaks so eloquently and impactfully? It’s because he reads a lot to keep himself abreast with all the necessary knowledge and information. Knowledge is power.

Lesson No 5. Power to Persuade

As leader your ability to persuade is extremely important. Just look at Tun M as how successfully he has brought people together who once not only critisized him but also abhorred him. They all have accepted him as their leader. The fact is a leader knows how to rise above the rest despite the differences because he has mastered the art of persuasion.

Lesson No 6. One Vision One Goal

Strong decision followed by uncompromised action.. Tun M wants to bring down the current Prime Minister. It is evident, Tun M has made his team so focused and has managed to gain public attention to what he says and does. His message is precise, clear and people centric, making his goal as the goal of the nation.

Lesson No 7. Managing Emotions

This is arguably the most important quality a leader needs. “It is not the event that decides the outcome; it is how you respond to the event that decides the outcome” is the quote that I find becomes alive every time Tun M is put to test. We have witnessed him being in the centre of many challenging situations, some of which are very critical of him in nature. Despite all odds, he has shown his amazing skills and ability, managing his own emotions thereby controlling every situations so well. Not only that, he walks out as winner in such situations.

At 93 years old this man has so much yet to offer the country!

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  1. Michael

    May 12, 2018 at 06:32

    16 history is a previous evil dictator who finally turned himself into a new leaf and spearheaded the people to save his country from Najib’s evil regime.

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