Mahathir Mohamad Fast Facts

Malaysia's opposition alliance headed by veteran ex-leader Mahathir Mohamad, 92, has won a historic election victory, official results showed on May 10, 2018, ending the six-decade rule of the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition.

(CNN)Here is a look at Mahathir Mohamad, Prime Minister of Malaysia.


Birth date: July 10, 1925 (officially recorded as December 20, 1925)
Birth place: Alor Setar, Kedah
    Father: Mohamad Iskandar, an Indian Muslim and a teacher in Northern Malaysia
    Marriage: Siti Hasmah Ali (1956)
    Children: Marina, Mirzan, Melinda, Mokhzani, Mukhriz, Maizura and Mazhar
    Education: Entered the King Edward VII College of Medicine in Singapore in 1947
    Religion: Islam

    Other Facts

    He became the oldest world leader at 92 when he was sworn into office as prime minister of Malaysia in 2018, a decade-and-a-half after retirement. Mahathir was also prime minister of Malaysia from July 1981 to October 2003.
    Is a physician, and one of his nicknames is Dr. M.
    After losing his first seat in parliament, wrote a book called "The Malay Dilemma." The book contained racist stereotypes but helped establish Mahathir as an advocate for Malay rights.
    Credited with turning Malaysia into a major trading and economic force in southeast Asia.


    1946 - Joins the United Malays National Organization (UMNO).
    1964 - Is elected to Parliament for the first time.
    1969 - Loses his seat in Parliament and is expelled from the UMNO.
    1972 - Returns to the UMNO.
    1973 - Is appointed a Senator in the Malaysian parliament.
    1974 - Is elected as minister of education.
    1976 - Becomes deputy prime minister.
    July 1981 - Becomes Malaysia's fourth prime minister, minister of home affairs, and minister of justice.
    January 1989 - Has heart bypass surgery.
    1998 - Dismisses his deputy Anwar Ibrahim and accuses him of sodomy and corruption.
    June 2002 - Announces his resignation.
    October 16, 2003 - At a 57-nation Islamic summit in Malaysia, Mahathir claims in a speech that Jews "rule the world by proxy. They get others to fight and die for them."
    October 31, 2003 - Mahathir retires and passes leadership to his deputy, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.