KUALA LUMPUR, May 5 — Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has been ranked the world’s 47th greatest leader by Fortune magazine.
The 93-year-old has been listed among world’s 50 greatest leaders for declaring war against corruption and bringing former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to court on charges over 1MDB scandal and moving to protect judicial independence and press freedom.
“Mahathir is now tackling the endemic corruption plaguing the country’s institutions, and has brought Najib to court on charges connected to the 1MDB scandal, a sprawling malfeasance case that has ensnared Wall Street bankers and government officials (Najib denies the charges).
“Mahathir and his party are now moving to protect judicial independence and press freedom, recognizing that they help keep a democracy honest,” Fortune wrote.
Microsoft founder Bill Gates and his wife Melinda were ranked number 1 greatest leaders in the world, followed by New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern and United States special counsel Robert Mueller at the second and third spots respectively.
Fortune listed Jacinda Ardern as the second world`s greatest leader for rallying against discrimination and racism.
“Rallying people behind the theme “We are one,” she channeled the country’s—and Muslim community’s—grief as she opened speeches with Arabic greetings and quietly wore a head scarf. She set a standard for dignity in the face of violence by refusing to speak the attacker’s name. And she won near-unanimous support for a ban on semiautomatic weapons of the kind used in the attack. Future leaders can look to Ardern for a master class in how to guide a country through a crisis,” said the magazine.