Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad was admitted to the country’s premier heart hospital for the third time in a month, but his daughter said Saturday (Jan 22) that his condition was stable.
“Dr Mahathir has been undergoing treatment at the National Heart Institute (IJN) for the past two days following a successful elective surgery on January 8, 2022,” Datin Paduka Cuadro Mahathir said.
“His condition is now stable and responding well to treatment,” she said in a brief statement.
A spokesman for Dr Mahathir’s office told The Straits Times that the 96-year-old was being monitored at a heart care centre.
But the official could not comment on the seriousness of his health, and he was checked into the IJN on Dec. 16 for an “investigation” ahead of unspecified election proceedings earlier this month.
Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob visited his predecessor at 5.35pm, fueling earlier rumours that Dr Mahathir was in critical condition.
Dr Mahathir served as Prime Minister of Malaysia for a total of nearly 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 disease and has had three heart attacks – one in 1989 and two in 2006.
He underwent quadruple bypass surgery in 2007.
Dr Mahathir remains active in politics, leading his own opposition party, Parti Pejuang Tanah Air, and serving as MP for the Langkawi constituency in Kedah.
Dr Mahathir was last admitted to the IJN in 2018 for a chest infection before being admitted to hospital last month.