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Dr M listed in Time's 100 most influential people

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Time magazine has included Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad in its list of 100 most influential people for this year.

The 93-year old leader, who led Pakatan Harapan to a historic victory in the 14th general election last year, shared the Leaders list with the likes of US President Donald Trump, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Pope Francis and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan.

In a profile penned by Clare Rewcastle-Brown, the founder of whistleblower site Sarawak Report, Mahathir is described as a formidable old warhorse who dazzled during a gruelling (election) campaign.

"You don’t have to be young to fight the power.

"Take Mahathir, the former Malaysian prime minister who came out of retirement last year to lambaste his successor Najib Abdul Razak, who is accused of embezzling millions of dollars from the country’s 1MDB development fund," she wrote.

Rewcastle-Brown also noted Mahathir's commitment to eventually pass the reins of power to PKR leader Anwar Ibrahim.

"Now 93, Mohamad has committed to hand over power to the former leader of the opposition, Anwar Ibrahim, 71, whom he released from jail days after his victory. 

"For Malaysia, the episode has re-established democracy in a country that almost teetered into totalitarianism."

The 100 most influential people put up by Time is a yearly list based on the votes of its readers, which was opened from March 27 until yesterday.

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