This first publication of Galeria Perdana Langkawi’s collection is considered as one of the most important sources that housed extraordinary national and international collections across multiple continents with more than 10,000 objects, works of art, and specimens to discover. A collection by Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, the greatest Malaysian-known Statesman, it is the realization of his vision to share and make Galeria Perdana Langkawi a gift to his people. 

It is also a center of knowledge that serves as a treasure chest for visitors and a guide to the most fascinating aspects of his achievement and his legacy. It is considered as the first of a series of museums in Malaysia that manifests the reputation of a national leader with his aspirations and idea of mankind, political and cultural diplomatic globally. 

In order to start with this project, Yayasan Hasanah and Yayasan Wiba Prima feel proud to take an initiative in collaborating to document the important collections of Galeria Perdana. A project that is energetically taken forward to publish the national heritage and its legacy in providing the Malaysian citizens with a key means by which to appreciate and understand the contribution of Tun Dr. Mahathir, the excellence, and his vision in bringing the nation forward. 

To make it more realistic, the editorial committee decided to select and enhance only 100 objects from the 3,000 items permanently displayed to be documented. The editorial team hopes that it is the beginning in keeping, documenting, and demonstrating the artifacts as a symbol of progressive force; observing and interpreting, adapting and passing on ideas nationally and across its borders.


Galeria Perdana Langkawi (GPL) was established in 1996 by the Malaysian government. The purpose of GPL was to showcase the many gifts and mementos received by Tun Mahathir Mohamad during his first tenure as Prime Minister of Malaysia from 1981 until 2003. It is a collection that spans the globe. Tun Mahathir felt that the gifts were not his but it is for the people. It is a symbol of acknowledgment and recognition given to the country and should be shared with the people of Malaysia. The gallery itself would serve to honor the givers of the gifts.


Today, GPL has a total of 9,150 artifacts with 3,000 plus artifacts put on display while the rest is kept in storage. When one enters GPL, one will be amazed by the many different artifacts that range from pictures and paintings to cars and horse carriages. There is even a replica of a life-size boat at GPL which is also a gift to Tun Mahathir. These collections of artifacts are national treasures and they hold many stories which are related to the country in terms of history and achievements. 


The objective of this documentation is to become a reference and source of data and information for the public on the artifacts received at GPL. It will be a showcase for the achievement and leadership of our statesman, Tun Mahathir. The selection of 100 artifacts was researched and documentation was published.


Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad : THE ART OF STATESMANSHIP

Instructor Biography


Writer & Editor: Hana Maher, Chief Editor: Nasir Baharuddin.

ISBN 978-967-18271-0-9

1. Mahathir Mohamad, Tun, Dr., 1925-.

2. Arts--Political aspects--Malaysia.

3. Diplomatic gifts.

4. Prime ministers--Malaysia.

5. Political leadership--Malaysia.

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