http://youngleadershipvoices.blogspot.com/2012/11/leadership.html DR. MAHATHIR BIN MOHAMAD – MALAYSIAN TRUE HERO
Leadership is the process by which a person exerts influence over other people and inspires, motivates and directs their activities to help achieve group or organizational goals. The person who exerts such influence is a leader. When leaders are effective, the influence they exert over others helps a group or organization achieve its performance goal. When leaders are ineffective, their influence does not contribute to and often detracts from goal attainment. In Malaysia, one of my first and foremost choice in leadership is our fourth Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad. I admire him most not only because he was an effective leader, exerts strong influence and the way he motivates and inspires the Malaysian people with his beyond vision and plans. Under his leading period, Malaysia economy has shifted from traditional agriculture to modern technology. He was making Malaysia economy grew strongly and the name of country outshine internationally. Under his leadership, the aim, mission, vision and country development ideas were successfully carried out continuously.
Profile and Career
Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad was born on 20 December 1925 in Alor Setar, Kedah. His primary and secondary school were in his hometown and further his study at the King Edward College of Medicine in Singapore. He is married with Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah bt Mohd Ali and they have seven children. Upon graduation, he joined the Malaysian government service as a Medical Officer until 1957 and then entered private practise. He was first elected to parliament in 1964 as a member of a United Malays National Organisation (UMNO). His career in cabinet position started as he was appointed as Education Minister in 1974 rose to Deputy Prime Minister in 1976 in addition to his Education portfolio and relinquished the Education portfolio for that of Trade and Industry in 1978. Thus, Tun Dr. Mahathir became the Prime Minister of Malaysia on 16 July 1961 at the age of 55. Under his leadership, Malaysia witnessed rapid economic growth and social changes that brought the nation and people able to compete with the other nations of the world. On 13 October 2003 he stepped down after 22 years tenure as a Prime Minister and handed to his successor Dato’ Seri Abdullah bin Hj. Ahmad Badawi.
His concerned about the progress of Malaysia and strongly needed an ultimate target to move forward. Vision 2020 was planned as it implied a clear idea of Malaysia direction by the year 2020. Vision 2020 was launched in 1991 and was a long term plan of Malaysia needed to do in order to become a fully develop country by year 2020. The main goals is to modernize and develop Malaysia based on its own model and develop that nation in terms of economic, politics, social, spiritual, psychology and culture. As Prime Minister and leader, he had a far sighted vision to make sure that his nation was not left far behind in the future.
The Multimedia Super Corridor
Tun Dr. Mahathir wanted Malaysia to be a regional hub of the information resources in this part of the world which brought to the establish a hi-tech advance multimedia project, so called Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC). MSC covers 750 km2 stretching from Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) to Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang. A multimedia city called Cyberjaya allocate a place of industries using information and conducting research on information based technology and its applications, together with various other business based on information technology and telecommunications.
Petronas Twin Tower
In the early 1990s, Tun Dr Mahathir wanted Malaysia acts as a global...
A Doctor In The House; The Memoirs of Tun Dr Mahathir Muhammad; MPH Group Publishing Sdn Bhd, 2011
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