KUALA LUMPUR – Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has been admitted to the country’s top heart hospital for the third time in a month, but his daughter said on Saturday (January 22) his condition was stable.
“For the past two days, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad treated at the National Heart Institute (IJN) following the successful election procedure on January 8, 2022,” said Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir.
“His condition is now stable and he is responding well to treatment,” she said in a brief statement.
A spokesman for the office of Dr. Mahathir told the Straits Times that the 96-year-old is stationed at the Cardiac Care Unit.
However, the official could not comment on the seriousness of his medical condition, which led to him being checked into the IJN for “examinations” on Dec. 16 ahead of the unspecified election process earlier this month.
Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob had visited his predecessor at 5.35pm, fueling earlier rumors that Dr. found Mahathir in critical condition.
dr Mahathir served as Prime Minister of Malaysia for a total of almost 24 years in two different terms, leading the Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Harapan (PH) governments. He is the country’s longest-serving prime minister.
He has a history of heart problems and has had three heart attacks – one in 1989 and two more in 2006.
He underwent a quadruple bypass in 2007.
dr Mahathir is still active in politics, leading his own opposition party, Parti Pejuang Tanah Air, and serving as the Kedah constituency MP for Langkawi.
Prior to admission last month, Dr. Mahathir last time in 2018 after a chest infection at the IJN.