The Straits Times
Published on Nov 05, 2012

No big deal disagreeing with Dad: Marina Mahathir


Prominent Malaysian newspaper columnist Marina Mahathir, who is known for her straight-shooting commentaries on her country's political and social issues, says that other people have made a "bigger issue" out of her differences with her father than the father and daughter have.

"To us, it's no big deal to have different views," the 55-year-old says. "But it seems to fascinate people a great deal because they don't think that it's possible. But it is. And we can co-exist quite peacefully."

Marina Mahathir, who has been writing a well-read fortnightly column in The Star, is the oldest of seven children of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Malaysia's fourth and longest-serving prime minister, who stepped down in 2003.

Her liberal position on democrary and gay rights has often been directly critical of the Malaysian government, and sometimes contrary to her father's views.