Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Malaysia?s 4th Prime Minister, will visit Imperial to deliver his first ever public lecture in the UK, on Friday the 25th of April at 6.15pm in SAF LT1.
Although his prime motive for being in the UK is to go on BBC?s Hard Talk, ICU's Political Philosophy Society (PPS) invited him to deliver a lecture while he was in the country. The event is titled "The Case for Criminalising War", a topic Tun has been lecturing on across the globe after giving up the post of PM in Malaysia.
Being the fourth Prime Minister of Malaysia from 1981 to 2003, a post he held for 22 years, makes him Malaysia?s longest-serving Prime Minister and one of the longest-serving leaders in Asia. Known for being outspoken, he is certainly not unfamiliar with controversy.
He is a critic of ?the West?, Israel and America?s foreign policy, and his address is expected to be critical of the war on Iraq and of the USA. In a statement released on the 5th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, he stated:
"Only a murderous man like Bush would shamelessly claim things are alright in Iraq. But the world knows that Iraq is now worse, very much worse than when it was under Saddam Hussein?s dictatorship. Hundreds of thousands of people who should be alive and well have now been killed. Many more have been gravely injured. The democracy in Iraq is a sham. Nothing good has come from the war to ?Shock and Awe? against Iraq."
The Political Philosophy Society itself is no stranger to controversy, causing a diplomatic incident last term.
During his term in office, Tun was credited for engineering Malaysia?s rapid modernisation and promoting non-individualistic Asian values. He spearheaded the Kuala Lumpur Initiative to Criminalise War and is currently the chairman of the Perdana Global peace Organisation. He will be joined at the event by Muhammad Umar, Chairman of the Ramadhan Foundation.