Dr M remains Malaysia’s most admired man, says study


SINGAPORE • Prime Minister (PM) Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (picture) has again topped the list as Malaysia’s most admired man, according to YouGov’s annual study of which public figures people look up to.

The results, which were based on 1,075 Malaysians surveyed by the British market research firm, saw Datuk Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor, the first Malaysian astronaut, in second place after the 94-year-old PM.

Another notable Malaysian in the top 10 is Datuk Lee Chong Wei, recently retired Olympic badminton player, in sixth place.

Technology billionaire entrepreneurs make up a significant part of the list.

Microsoft Corp co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates is in fourth place, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd co-founder Jack Ma in fifth and Facebook Inc co-founder Mark Zuckerberg in ninth.

Politicians also fared well in the top 10 with former US President Barack Obama in eighth place and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in 10th.

The top-10 list of most admired men is completed with Hong Kong martial arts actor Jackie Chan in third place and Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo in seventh.

Singer Datuk Seri Siti Nurhaliza Tarudin is Malaysia’s most admired woman for the second year running, followed by the wife of Dr Mahathir, Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali.

Malaysia’s first female Deputy PM Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail is in third place.

The list of Malaysian females is completed with entrepreneur and the co-founder of FashionValet and The dUCk Group Datin Vivy Yusof in seventh place.

Talk show host Oprah Winfrey comes in fourth, Hollywood actresses Angelina Jolie and Emma Watson in fifth and sixth respectively and American singer Taylor Swift in 10th.

The list is rounded up with former First Lady of the US Michelle Obama in eighth place and Queen Elizabeth II in ninth.

In December, YouGov gathered open-ended nominations from panellists across 41 countries, asking them simply: “Thinking about people alive in the world today, which man or woman do you most admire?”

These nominations were then used to compile a list of the 20 men and 20 women who received the most nominations and were nominated in at least four countries.

An additional 10 popular local figures were added to the lists for individual countries. — Bernama