Thursday, May 1, 2008

Dunia blogger negara mencatat sejarah tersendiri hari ini - 1 Mei 2008 iaitu Hari Pekerja - apabila bekas Perdana Menteri, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad mengendalikan laman blog beliau sendiri. Syabas diucapkan kepada Tun walaupun sudah berusia lebih daripada 80 tetapi Tun masih mampu menyampaikan pandangan sebagai wadah kepada generasi akan datang.
Editorialblog mengalu-alukan kehadiran Tun dalam dunia blog. Walaupun, Tun tidak menggunakan blogspot, wordpress atau mana-mana pengendali laman blog, tetapi menggunakan .com, ia satu sejarah bagi dunia blogger negara. Sebagai menghargai kedatangan Tun ke dalam dunia blog, Editorialblog mahu menyampaikan sedikit maklumat berkaitan hidup Tun yang mungkin ramai belum mengetahui. Tidaklah secara terperinci tetapi cukup sekadar mahu memberi kronologi kehidupan seorang - Pemimpin Terunggul. 'Pemimpin' yang hanya akan wujud semula di Malaysia dalam tempoh 50 tahun akan datang.
Dunia Tun Mahathir:
1925: Born in Alor Star, Kedah on July 10 (often documented as December 20).
1945: Joined the Anti-Malayan Union Campaign.
1946: Joined the United Malays National Organization (UMNO) as a member upon its inception.
1953: Graduated as a physician from King Edward VII Medical College, Singapore (subsequently became the medical faculty of the University of Malaya; Joined the Malaysian government service as a medical officer upon graduation.
1956: Married Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali on August 5.
1957: Left the government medical service to set up his own practice in Alor Star.
1957: His first child Marina Mahathir was born in June, she is Mahathir bin Mohamad's eldest daughter.
1958: Mirzan was born in November, it is his second child and first son.
1961: Mokhzani was born in January, it is his third child and second son.
1964: Elected Member of Parliament for Kota Setar South on an Alliance Party ticket, defeating the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party'(PAS) candidate with 60.2% of the votes polled.
1964: Mukhriz was born in November, it is his youngest child and third son.
1965: Elected as a member of the UMNO Supreme Council.
1968: Appointed as Chairman of the first Higher Education Council.
1969: Lost his parliamentary constituency of Kota Setar South to PAS's candidate, Haji Yusoff Rawa, by 989 votes; Sacked from the UMNO Supreme Council on July 12, following the widespread distribution to the public of Mahathir's letter to Tunku Abdul Rahman, then Prime Minister and President of UMNO; Relieved of his party membership on September 26.
1970: Published "The Malay Dilemma" that was soon banned.
1972: Rejoined UMNO on March 7.
1973: Appointed as a Senator.
1974: Appointed Chairman of the National University Council; Relinquished the post of Senator in order to contest in the 1974 General Elections where he was returned unopposed; Appointed as the Minister of Education on September 5.
1975: Became one of the three vice-presidents of UMNO, after winning the seat by 47 votes.
1976: Elected as Deputy President of UMNO on March 5.
1978: Appointed Deputy Prime Minister by the then Prime Minister, Tun Hussein Onn on September 15; Relinquished the Education portfolio to become Minister of Trade and Industry (June 1, 1978 - July 1981)
1981: Elected as UMNO President on June 26; Appointed as Prime Minister of Malaysia on July 10, when Tun Hussein Onn stepped down for health reasons; Concurrently took charge of the Ministry of Defence (July 18, 1981 - May 6, 1986); Launched the slogans for a "Clean, Efficient and Trustworthy Government"; "Leadership Through Example", the "Look East Policy"; "Permeation of Islamic Values", and "Buy British Last"; Moved the clock by half an hour in Peninsular Malaysia to bring it in line with East Malaysia; Made a public apology to Tunku Abdul Rahman; Engineered the dawn raid in Malaysia’s takeover of Guthrie Corporation by Perbadanan Nasional Berhad (PNB) in the London Stock Exchange on September 7 to return ownership of some 200,000 acres (800 km²) of agricultural land to the people.
1983: Removed royal veto, such that a bill could becom law on approval by parliament; Initiated Perusahaan Otomobil Nasional, a national car project.
1986: Musa Hitam resigned as Deputy Prime Minister on February 27; Appointed Ghafar Baba as Deputy Prime Minister; Concurrently took charge of the Ministry of Home Affairs on May 7; A major diplomatic row erupted with neighbouring Singapore when Chaim Herzog, the President of Israel, paid a state visit.
1987: Narrowly warded off a challenge by Tengku Razaleigh for the post of UMNO president on April 24.
1988: Engineered the dismissal of the Lord President of the Supreme Court, Salleh Abas, and three other supreme court justices who tried to block the misconduct hearings, when the future of the ruling party UMNO was about to be decided in the Supreme Court (it had previously been deregistered as an illegal society in the High Court);
1990: Took over the Ministry of Home Affairs (October 1990 - January 1999);
1993: Appointed Anwar Ibrahim as Deputy Prime Minister; Limited the legal immunity of the monarchy, after the Douglas Gomez incident; Relationships between Mahathir and Australia's leaders reached a low point when Paul Keating described Mahathir as "recalcitrant" for not attending the APEC summit. (It is thought that Keating's remark was a linguistic gaffe, and that he actually meant "intransigent".)
1997: Introduced the currency peg to resolve the 1997 Asian financial crisis on September 1.
1998: Sacked his deputy, Anwar Ibrahim; Relations with the United States took a turn for the worse, when US Vice President Al Gore made a derogatory statement at the APEC conference hosted by Malaysia. Brought trumped-up sodomy and abuse of power charges against Anwar Ibrahim following a disagreement on certain political issues; Appointed Abdullah Ahmad Badawi as Deputy Prime Minister; Official opening of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang, built at a cost of USD$3.5 billion; Completion of the 88-storey Petronas Twin Towers, the tallest twin towers in the world; Named as "Asia's Newsmaker of 1998" by TIME Magazine.
1999: Took over the Ministry of Finance on January 8; Official opening of Cyberjaya, a township that is a key part of Malaysia's "Multimedia Super Corridor".
2001: Took over the Ministry of Special Functions on June 5.
2002: Announced that Mathematics and Science subjects will be taught in English, rather than in Malay with effect from 2003; Announced his resignation to the UMNO General Assembly, but was persuaded to stay on for a further eighteen months.
2003: Retired as Prime Minister of Malaysia on October 31, after 22 years in office, making him one of Asia's longest-serving political leaders; Awarded the Tun-ship, Malaysia's highest honour.
2008: Be a blogger on May 1.

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