Fortune magazine has ranked our 93-year-old Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir as the 47th World’s Greatest Leader. He is one of the three country heads to have made into the list of 50.
The New York City-based magazine wrote that Dr Mahathir is writing an unexpected chapter in his legacy.
“During his first, 22-year tenure as Prime Minister, from 1981 to 2003, he turned Malaysia into one of Southeast Asia’s economic tigers, but his ornery disregard for the judiciary and the press hinted at autocratic leanings.
“Last year, he returned from seclusion to run for office on an anti-corruption platform, leading a new political party to a shocking victory over incumbent Najib Razak.”
It continued commanding Dr Mahathir’s return to weed out corruption in the nation and has brought Najib into the court for the latter’s alleged crimes in the 1MDB scandal.
“Mahathir and his party are now moving to protect judicial independence and press freedom, recognizing that they help keep a democracy honest,” Fortune wrote.
Taking the number one spot in the list is Bill and Melinda Gates for their philanthropic effort and contribution that added up into US$45.5 billion (RM188.5 billion).
The second spot went to Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, which she was a pregnant woman, then a mother, to lead a country and face on the country’s darkest history in the Christchurch shooting. She has set an example on how a country’s head should handle a terrorist attack with empathy, deftness and grace.
On the 27th is Leo Varadkar, Prime Minister of Ireland. CEO of Tencent (Wechat), Pony Ma, was listed on the fourth, Apple CEO Tim Cook (14th), Us and Get Out director and former comedy actor on Comedy Central, Jordan Peele (39th), Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (42th) and many more, have made into the list too.
You can view the full list here.
Congratulation Dr Mahathir and making Malaysians proud.
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