Malaysia: The Making of a Nation

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CHAPTER SIX

1981—2001
The Changing Face of Mahathir's
Nationalism and Nation-Building

It is when every race is equally dissatisfied that one can be sure that every one is having a fair deal. Then there will be relative harmony. As has been noted it is quite impossible to ensure that every race will be satisfied. If this can be made to happen then race becomes irrelevant. At this stage racial politics would become superfluous. Until then it is better to recognize the fact of race and to provide for as much fairness as possible for all. This is what Malaysia has done.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamed
in the pamphlet The Malaysian System of Government
published by the Prime Minister 's Office, 1995

There can be no fully developed Malaysia until we have finally overcome the nine central strategic challenges that have confronted us from the moment of our birth as an independent nation. The first of these is the challenge of establishing a united Malaysian nation with a sense of common and shared destiny. This must be a nation at peace with itself territorially and ethnically integrated, living in harmony and full and fair partnership, made up of one Bangsa Malaysia with political loyalty and dedication to the nation.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamed,
Malaysia: The Way Forward
in which he outlined his Vision 2020.

ON 16 JULY 2001, Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamed celebrated his 20 years in office — as Malaysia's longest serving and most controversial

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