Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s political career

Involved in the anti-Malayan Union campaign

Joined the Kedah branch of the newly-formed Umno

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

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

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

Rejoined Umno

Appointed a senator

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

Elected one of Umno’s three vice-presidents

Deputy prime minister

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

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

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

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

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

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

Resigned from Umno

-taken from the NST-

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