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Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s political career : Malaysia post 2008 election.

What a blow moves of previous Malaysia most influence Prime Minister. He resigned as Umno lifetime member. Full story here.

Here I listout his political career in Malaysia.

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad quit Umno in an apparent last-ditch effort to oust Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi as party president.# 1945: Involved in the anti-Malayan Union campaign

# 1946: Joined the Kedah branch of the newly-formed Umno

# 1959: Proposed that candidates for that year’s general election be selected on certain qualifications, a proposal that angered some quarters of the party. After being accused of scheming and trying to get his allies to contest, Dr Mahathir refused to be involved in the elections that year

# 1964: Won the Kota Setar Selatan seat with a 60 per cent majority

# 1969: Lost the Kota Setar Selatan seat by 989 votes to Yusoff Rawa of Pas

# In July, Dr Mahathir was sacked from the Umno Supreme Council for publicly criticising prime minister Tunku Abdul Rahman on how the country’s administration was conducted

# 1972: Rejoined Umno

# 1973: Appointed a senator

# 1974: Relinquished the senatorship to contest the Kubang Pasu seat, which he won unopposed. Was made the education minister

# 1975: Elected one of Umno’s three vice-presidents

# 1976-1981: Deputy prime minister

# 1978-1981: Appointed minister of trade and industry

# July 16, 1981: Appointed prime minister and home affairs and defence minister

# 1983 and 1991: Removed the royal veto and royal immunity from prosecution

# 1987: Was challenged for the party president’s post by Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah but won by 43 votes. Unhappy with the results. Tengku Razaleigh’s supporters took the case to court, resulting in the de-registration of the party and the 1988 judicial crisis

# 1988: Dr Mahathir believed to have sparked off the judicial crisis which saw former lord president Tun Salleh Abbas and five other judges sacked

# 1998: He accused former finance minister and deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim of sodomy and abuse of power. (Anwar was sentenced to six years’ jail for corruption and another nine years for alleged homosexual acts. In 1994, the Federal Court reversed the second conviction and he was released)
Took over as Finance Minister 1 after Anwar’s sacking

# 1999: Handed over the Home Affairs Ministry to newly-appointed Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi

# 2001: Also assumed post of special functions minister

# Oct 31, 2003
: After 22 years as prime minister, he handed over the office to Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi

# 2008: Resigned from Umno


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