SQU to host former Malaysian PM

MUSCAT: Sultan Qaboos University (SQU), represented by Staff Development Centre, will host on Tuesday the former Malaysian prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad to lecture on “Strategic Planning: The Malaysian Experience”. He will narrate his experiences in the development of the country and its transformation into rapid growth. Dr Mahathir Mohammed is considered to be the father of the most prominent economic boom in Malaysia. His country has become an advanced industrial country. The industrial and service sectors contribute 90 per cent of the GDP. In his time, manufacturing exports accounted for 85 per cent of total exports. It manufactured 80 per cent of the cars used inside Malaysia. It has become one of the most successful countries in South Asia, and even in the Islamic world as a whole. Dr Mahathir focused on three themes in particular: education, industrialisation and the social theme. SQU Staff Development Centre is working to host celebrities in various fields each year to present their experiences. — ONA