Saturday, October 2, 2010

Former Malaysian Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, warded in Melbourne hospital with chest infection

Update 4th October 2010 (Monday)

PETALING JAYA: Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will be discharged soon from the Epworth Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, where he is being warded for chest infection.

His special officer Sufi Yusof said Dr Mahathir would likely be discharged within the next few days.

"Doctors are happy with his progress. He continues to respond well to antibiotic treatment and physiotherapy," he said Monday, 4th October 2010.

Dr Mahathir was admitted to the hospital on Saturday, 2nd October 2010, for flu and cough.

He and Dr Siti Hasmah have sent their regards and appreciation to all who had sent their prayers and wished him a speedy recovery.

Dr Mahathir was in Australia to address a seminar on human development organised by Melbourne Umno Club.

Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad, 85 was born on 10th July 1925. He was the fourth Prime Minister of Malaysia. He held the post for 22 years from 1981 to 2003, making him Malaysia's longest-serving Prime Minister, and one of the longest-serving leaders in Asia.

The outspoken critics of the West, Mahathir's political career spanned almost 40 years, from his election as a Malaysian federal Member of Parliament in 1964, until his resignation as Prime Minister in 2003.

Meanwhile today, Saturday 2nd October 2010, world news reported that the former Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir, was admitted to the Epworth Hospital in Melbourne, Australia on Saturday morning, 2nd October 2010, for treatment of a chest infection.

He is now in the general ward for antibiotics treatment and physiotherapy.

"Dr Mahathir's condition is stable and he has been advised to rest. He is expected to be in hospital for a few days for observation," his office said in a statement released in Kuala Lumpur today.

Accompanied by his wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali, Dr Mahathir arrived in Melbourne on Thursday, 30th September to address a seminar on human development organised by the Australia Melbourne Umno Club at the University of Melbourne on Saturday, 2nd October 2010.

He was scheduled to share his opinion and idea on the topic "Are We Ready for 1Malaysia: Does Race Still Play a Part?"

(1Malaysia is a guiding principle to build a united and progressive nation in the 21st Century by inculcating the spirit and values of togetherness and sense of belonging, regardless of race, religion and creed.)

At the start of the seminar, the emcee announced that Dr Mahathir was unable to attend the event that he (Dr Mahathir) had been looking forward to and was disappointed that he was unable to do so.

He had asked International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Mustapa Mohamed to address the seminar on his behalf.

Mustapa, when met at the seminar, said Dr Mahathir was resting well. "Tun needs rest and he is going to be fine," he said.

Dr Mahathir's son, Datuk Mukhriz, who is the deputy minister of international trade and industry, was expected to arrive here on Sunday to join his father, he said.

Dr Mahathir, 85, underwent coronary bypass surgery at the Kuala Lumpur General Hospital in January 1989 and a second such operation at the National Heart Institute in September 2007.

Despite his age, Dr Mahathir, who is adviser to Malaysian national car maker Proton and national oil corporation Petronas, often travels abroad to attend international conferences as he remains a highly sought-after speaker at both local and international events.

Source - Bernama, The Star online 2nd October 2010

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