So Tun Dr Mahathir gets a Nobel Peace Prize nomination. Why not? I see this as a heartening news for all Malaysians. Dr M has during his reign put Malaysia on the world map as no other Malaysian leader has done, before or since. I am justifiably proud of course.
He was known as one of the most vocal voices from the Third World, not afraid to stand up against what he perceived as injustice in the international arena in the areas of globalisation, and war crimes.
Having said that, as the list of nominees grow, there are already predictions that Al Gore, nominated for his work in helping raise awareness about the environment and particularly global warming, will take the prize. Here’s AFP’s take.
For a quick brush up, Here’s a list of who has won before.