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Thursday, May 30, 2019, 15:20 - 16:10

Future of Malaysia-Japan relationship

Mahathir bin Mohamad, Prime Minister of Malaysia

Language: The speech and Q & A will be in English with Japanese simultaneous interpretation.

The role of lambasting governments in power has typically gone to disaffected students and other youth in campus and street protests, and often from among these groups new political leaders emerge.

This wasn't the case in Malaysia's most recent general election when an elderly politician came out of retirement to fiercely criticize the incumbent leader Najib Razak, who is accused of embezzling millions of dollars from the country's 1MDB development fund.

The campaign of Dr Mahathir Mohamad attracted huge crowds and an out-swelling of support that swept him back into power in a landslide election victory in May 2018. Dr. M, as he is often referred to, became Prime Minister of Malaysia once again … at the age of 93.

It can't be said he doesn't know the job. Mahathir Mohamad became Malaysia's fourth Prime Minister in 1981 and served in that role until October 2003, already making him the country's longest-serving prime minister before his latest adventure.

During his first term he won plaudits and attracted controversy as he drove initiatives to modernise and industrialize Malaysia's economy. He also has a track record in questioning conventional wisdom, such as rejecting IMF-sponsored austerity prescriptions for Malaysia in the midst of the Asia currency crisis that started in 1997. Mahathir instead introduced capital controls.

This shook the international banking community at the time, though the US-based National Bureau of Economic Research has since concluded the capital controls produced faster economic recovery, smaller declines in employment and real wages, and more rapid turnaround in the stock market than in countries that swallowed the IMF medicine.

Prime Minister Mahathir is now in the process of getting to the bottom of the 1MDB scandal, reviewing a raft of China-backed ventures in Malaysia, and preparing the stage for a next generation of leaders.

He is known for speaking his mind and we have a chance to hear his latest thoughts on Japan relations and other global affairs. Don't miss this opportunity to hear Dr. M once again.

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