Ex-Malaysia PM Mahathir discharged from hospital

Tun Mahathir, 92, was admitted on Feb 9 for observation and treatment, after a chest infection following a bout of cough.
Tun Mahathir, 92, was admitted on Feb 9 for observation and treatment, after a chest infection following a bout of cough.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

KUALA LUMPUR (BERNAMA, THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Former Malaysian premier Mahathir Mohamad was discharged from the National Heart Institute in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday (Feb 15), after spending nearly a week at the hospital.

Tun Mahathir, 92, was admitted on Feb 9 for observation and treatment, after a chest infection following a bout of cough.

The chairman of opposition pact Pakatan Harapan had to take a break from political campaigning, with Malaysia's next general election expected within months.

His daughter, social activist Marina Mahathir had told the media previously that she was sure her father would recover after Chinese New Year, which falls on Friday (Feb 160.

She had described her father's infection as a "job hazard" for politicians, with their schedules and meeting with lots of people.

"I think anyone would get the same thing, really," she said.