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Sunday, 20 December 2009

Young Dr. Mahathir and Langkawi

View from the first office of Dr. Mahathir in Langkawi

There was a time when I was baffled thinking about the real connection between Dr. Mahathir and Langkawi. What's so special about this island that really catches the attention of a man born hundreds of miles away [in Alor Setar] from this lonely island separated by the myths and legend of a curse bear upon by the mistakes of its peoples.


The interior

And during my long week stay in Langkawi, I got the answer that I was looking for. The lost chain between a life of a statesman and the lonely secluded island that were much of an alien to civilization. A good friend of mine told an unknown story between Langkawi and Dr. Mahathir Mohamad. How such a man get to be so close with Langkawi and how such an alien place were so special this statesman heart. They said, no man is an island. So does Langkawi and a man named Mahathir Mohamad.


Gone were the days where the young Mahathir Mohamad was a government practitioner. He was young, ambitious and a fresh graduates practicing medics in a government hospital in Alor Setar. The former director of the Alor Setar General Hospital would tell how much hard headed the man was in his young age. Dr. Mahathir sure has his own ideas in his daily practice as a medical doctor and such an attitude would invite a lot of troubles between him and the GH Director. As such he got his first baptism under fire when he fell into disagreement with the former General Hospital Director in Alor Setar as a consequence, he would be be sent to Langkawi. Langkawi those days (1940-1950s) was a place to cast away a hard headed government servants and this can be vouch for the experience of an also the first Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tunku Abdul Rahman when he was an assistant district officer in the state of Kedah.


The first office of young Dr. Mahathir in Langkawi

That was the time when Dr. Mahathir fall in love with the island and saw the true potentials of the Island as a tourist destination. Later in life in the 1980s when he was at the right helm to make a difference, he changed Langkawi and turn it into one of the best tourist destination in the country. The island had changed the man when the man was a lonely island and the man has given back what he could to the place that loved him. When nobody accepted Mahathirism, Langkawi was willing than happy to receive him. And that is the connection I was looking for before this.

4 comments:

holiday in bhutan said...

nice post!

cacah said...

teddy, i love this! :)

dzaitun mohd ali said...

syah...this can be one of the produk pelancongan for Langkawi and should it be developed.....i do not think our TG knows othis subject.....well done ,,,and i like this...

Anonymous said...

syah, this can be one of the product pelancongan for langkawi.. lke this infor..very touching

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