Malaysia: Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad


Presented in conjunction with the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly

Breakfast available from 8 a.m.
Discussion begins at 8:30 a.m.

***For security reasons, please bring a government-issued ID***

Asia Society is delighted to host His Excellency Mahathir Mohamad, Prime Minister of Malaysia, for an address and a discussion sharing his insights on how Malaysia will meet the challenges confronting the security, prosperity, and sustainability in Asia. Topics will range from his perspective on the state and future of ASEAN; the Indo-Pacific concept; regional integration, connectivity, and China's Belt and Road Initiative; and regional trade relations. He will be joined in conversation by the Hon. Kevin Rudd, President of the Asia Society Policy Institute.


Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad

H.E. Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad is the 7th Prime Minister of Malaysia, having previously served as the 4th Prime Minister from 1981 to 2003. During his term as the 4th Prime Minister, he led the country through a fast-paced modernization drive, that saw several mega-infrastructure projects take place. It was during this period that he opened Malaysia to foreign investment, reduced international trade barriers, privatized government services, and established world-class physical infrastructure. He is remembered for “Vision 2020,” a framework for making Malaysia a developed nation by that year. For his achievements, he is regarded as Malaysia’s "Father of Modernization." Previously, he served as Minister of Trade and Industry (1978), Deputy Prime Minister (1976), and Minister of Education (1974).

Speaker Photo - Kevin Rudd

The Hon. Kevin Rudd is the inaugural President of the Asia Society Policy Institute. He served as 26th Prime Minister of Australia (2007 to 2010, 2013) and as Foreign Minister (2010 to 2012). He is a Distinguished Fellow at Chatham House and the Paulson Institute, and a Distinguished Statesman with the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He is also a member of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization’s Group of Eminent Persons.

This program is made possible through the generous support of the Nicholas Platt Endowment for Public Policy, and in coordination with the Asia Society Policy Institute.

Event Details

Thu 27 Sep 2018
8 - 10 a.m.

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New York, NY 10021

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