Mahathir’s Birthplace


Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Malaysia’s seventh and longest-serving prime minister, was born the youngest of nine children in Alor Setar in 1925. Rumah Kelahiran Mahathir, his childhood home, is now preserved as a small but worthwhile museum, containing family effects, photos and the politician’s old bicycle. Aside from providing an insight into Mahathir’s early life, the museum is an interesting example of a traditional Malaysian house.

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