Apr 26, 2007

Aceh`s Unsyiah to award honorary doctorate to Mahathir Mohamad

Banda Aceh (ANTARA News) - Syiah Kuala (Unsyiah) University here will award an honorary doctorate to former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad for his leadership and economic development concept, a university spokesman said.

The honor will be bestowed on Mahathir at a function on May 3, 2007 in the university`s Prof Dayan Dawood building, the co-promotor, Dr Jasman J Ma`ruf MBA, said here Wednesday.

Prof Dayan Dawoon was an Unsyiah rector who passed away several years ago.

Mahathir on the occasion would deliver a speech titled "Leadership and Economic Development", Jasman said, adding that it would be the first time for Unsyiah to conduct this kind of event.

Jasman said the university had decided to give the honorary doctorate to Mahathir considering that he had laid the basic groundwork for Malaysia`s economic development as formulated in the 1999-2020 Malysian Developoment Mission.

Until now, Malaysia was still adhering to this mission which showed the validity and strength of Mahathir`s concept, he said.

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