I not only think but also look and study things carefully. When I travel around, I look at things carefully, make comparisons of what I see. I don't accept things at face value, you cannot trust what you hear or see. Don't jump to conclusions without thinking.— Mahathir Mohamad
The most spectacular Mahathir Mohamad quotes that will activate your desire to change
Knowledge has always been important, of course.
The ancient Egyptians did not raise the stones for the pyramids relying on the incantations of their gods. The waters in the irrigation canals of the great Indus Civilisation did not flow according to the laws of ignorance. Knowledge has always been power and wealth.
If you can't be famous, at least you can be notorious.
I cannot keep quiet even when I am a lone voice.
I'm brash and abrasive but that's because I've noticed when people are nice and polite they never get anywhere.
The Malays are spiritually inclined, tolerant and easy-going.
The non-Malays, and especially the Chinese, are materialistic, aggressive and have an appetite for work. For equality to come about, it is necessary that these strikingly contrasting races adjust to each other.
No one should have extra influence on an organisation.
We should always regard ourselves as equals in the organisation, and we should be concerned about each other's problems.
Developing countries like Malaysia should have a say in changing the world financial system since we have faced the problems that it has caused.
Some people say that we here have no freedom of religion, .
.. In reality, the people in that country are the ones who were forced to embrace a religion.
History should remember Blair and Bush as the killers of children, or as the lying prime minister and president.
Membership of an organisation is good, as long as you can make yourself heard.
Currency trading is unnecessary, unproductive and totally immoral. It should be stopped.
Most developing countries would know Malaysia quite well.
Why? It is because we believe in contacts. We offer them some help for training, for example. We call it 'technical cooperation'.
Malaysians, during the colonial period, were not given the top positions: we were always subordinate. Fortunately for us, the people who took over were mainly civil servants: people who were serving the Government.
Actually, I invited many Commonwealth leaders to come to Malaysia.
They did not accept my invitation. By that, I mean, they didn't say they didn't accept, but they just didn't come here.
I thought that the United Nations is a creature of the five super-powers who were given veto powers. I don't like veto powers at all.
Even in South Africa, the Commonwealth were not doing anything, and their attitude was to tolerate apartheid in South Africa. There was a lot of lip service being paid to the need to stop this practice, but nothing was done.
The Commonwealth is a mixture of developing and developed world, in which the developed countries were very influential and their policies hold sway most of the time.
Any organisation has a future, provided it is properly led and it sticks to the objective of that organisation.
We need an opposition to remind us if we are making mistakes.
When you are not opposed you think everything you do is right.
I know the situation of the Commonwealth generally, and I know that the aim should be to make the Commonwealth much more relevant to the poorer countries.
When I became Prime Minister, I looked back on what was done before – what were the policies and actions before – and I thought that I need to be critical if I’m going to do anything at all.
When you have elections in which 90% or 95% or 99% of those elected come from one party, then I think there is some fraudulent act.
The UN is hardly democratic.
I'm a fundamentalist in the true sense.
That is to say, I follow the fundamentals of religion... But for over 1,400 years people have been interpreting and re-interpreting the religion to suit their own purpose! ... These [extremist and terrorist acts] are not Islamic fundamentals any more than the Christians who burned people at the stake are fundamentalist. They are actually deviating from the teachings of the religion!
If you know each other well, you want to do business with people you know well.
You don't do business with strangers.