Marina Mahathir

Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir

The eldest daughter of former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad emerged in 2014 as the poster child for liberalism, taking on religious fundamentalists and racial bigotry during a time when racial and religious relations in Malaysia appeared to be at its most contentious. A writer as well as a social activist, she ended the year challenging the religious council of the state of Selangor, which had recently declared the feminist organisation Sisters in Islam illegal.