Abstrak The study is titled "The Role of Mahathir Mohamad as Malaysia's Father of Modernisation in 1981-2003". The background of this research is the various policies Mahathir Mohamad during he as Prime Minister of Malaysia from the year 1981 - 2003 which is able to change Malaysia to be a modern state. In this research the writer is using historical method with main problems which will studied is "How interconnectedness Mahathir Mohamad within modernization Malaysia years 1981-2003?". Process modernization who conducted Mahathir Mohamad in Malaysia is not easy, various barriers such as the existence economic crisis that have hit Malaysia as well as the existence of flavor do not dislikes from the several parties top of various policies Mahathir had time to make the inhibition of the process of modenisasi in Malaysia. But in many ways Mahathir Mohamad able to get through the obstacles and be able to lift back Malaysian economy was hit hard when the economic crisis hit in the late 1990s.
modernization, Malaysia, Mahathir Mohamad.