On May 10, 2018, Dr. Mahathir Mohamad was sworn for the second time as Prime Minister of Malaysia at the age of 92 after a fifteen years of retirement from politics. He previously served as Prime Minister from July 16, 1981 to October 31, 2003 and was the longest serving Prime Minister of Malaysia that time. During Mahathir’s first tenure as Prime Minister, Malaysia experienced a period of rapid modernization and economic growth, and his government initiated a series of bold infrastructure projects. Mahathir was a dominant political figure, winning five consecutive general elections and fending off a series of rivals for the leadership of UMNO. After leaving office, Mahathir became a strident critic of his hand-picked successor Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in 2006 and later, Najib Razak in 2015.[
He is a physician by profession, he returned to the political arena when he was named a candidate for the premiership last January 2018. He says that the country was being hampered by then Prime Minister Najib Razak and the opposition needs him because they “have not been able to get rural Malay votes.”
On May 9, 2018, Mahathir’s coalition wins 121 seats in the country’s parliament which is enough to form a majority that will control the house. He was sworn on May 10, 2018 was the country’s 7th Prime Minister which was officiated by Sultan Muhammad V, the current Yang-di-Pertuan Agong (head of state) of Malaysia.