Ex-Malaysia PM Mahathir discharged from heart institute

Former Malaysia prime minister Mahathir Mohamad has a history of heart ailments. PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Former Malaysia prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, 96, was discharged from the National Heart Institute (IJN) on Thursday (Dec 23).

The IJN said in a statement that the Langkawi MP, who was discharged from the hospital at about 11.30am, underwent a series of medical investigations before he was ready to be discharged.

"Tun Dr Mahathir and (his wife) Tun Dr Siti Hasmah express their thanks to everyone for their concern and prayers over the last one week when Dr Mahathir was admitted to IJN," it said.

The nonagenarian - once the world's oldest prime minister - was admitted to IJN in Kuala Lumpur at 7pm last Thursday for a "full medical check-up".

He has a history of heart ailments and has suffered three heart attacks, one in 1989 and another two in 2006.

Dr Mahathir served nearly 24 years in total as Malaysia's prime minister over two separate terms, leading the Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Harapan (PH) administrations.

He last served as premier from 2018 to early 2020, when the PH government he was leading collapsed due to his resignation and mass defections from his former Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia.

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