Former Malaysian Prime Minister, Mahathir Mohamad
Last month Malaysia's ruling National Front endured its worst electoral performance in five decades yet it remains in power.
Mahathir Mohamad was Malaysia's Prime Minister for 22 years.
Is it the beginning of the end for the National Front?
When he was Prime Minister his critics labelled him a racist and a dictator.
Have his controversial views mellowed in retirement? Mahathir Mohamad talks to Stephen Sackur.
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