An online petition was started yesterday for Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to be considered as a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize this year.
The petition towards the Nobel Foundation on the Change.org platform has garnered close to 35,000 signatures as at 6pm on Sunday (May 27) within 24 hours since the petition started.
User Alexandria Abishegam, who started the petition, said Dr Mahathir had inspired millions of voters to replace Barisan Nasional which had ruled for six decades in a peaceful and non-violent way.
She said the petition is in recognition of his determination as a veteran to return to politics.
“Casting aside his own political prejudices, standing shoulder to shoulder with the Opposition parties and leaders such as (Datuk Seri) Anwar Ibrahim, Lim Kit Siang, Mohamad Sabu and others to save our nation, Tun Dr Mahathir focused on the importance of transparency, democracy and rule of law for Malaysia,” she said.
She believed that Mahathir is a leader to be emulated for admitting his own faults in the past.
“Though all manner of underhanded ‘tricks’ were used to prevent a fair election, Tun Dr Mahathir inspired millions of voters – ‘the ordinary rakyat‘ – cutting across all racial and religious backgrounds to fight back by voting and speaking out in a peaceful and non-violent way.
“The victory of the Tun Dr Mahathir-led coalition, displacing the ruling Barisan Nasional party after more than 60 years in power, was not only stunning and historic but has brought with it a new dawn of ‘Malaysia Baru’,” she said.
In 2012, a similar petition on the platform got nearly 300,000 signatures to nominate Pakistani child activist Malala Yousafzai for the prize.
She was nominated in 2013 and later awarded the prize in 2014.
The petition is available at https://www.change.org/p/nobel-foundation-tun-dr-mahathir-bin-mohamad-no…