Lunch with Sumiko: Mahathir Mohamad's unfinished business as Malaysia gears up for election

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad at The Loaf bakery-cafe in Cyberjaya last Wednesday. He now leads Malaysia's opposition alliance and his schedule in the run-up to the general election has been punishing.
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad at The Loaf bakery-cafe in Cyberjaya last Wednesday. He now leads Malaysia's opposition alliance and his schedule in the run-up to the general election has been punishing.ST PHOTO: BENJAMIN SEETOR

At 92, Malaysia's former prime minister is fighting the strangest electoral battle of his life

KUALA LUMPUR • Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad eats very little.

He has ordered spaghetti beef bolognese but is full after several small mouthfuls. "This is too much for me," he murmurs 30 minutes into our meal, moving the plate, still heaped with pasta, to one side.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 25, 2018, with the headline 'Mahathir's unfinished business'. Print Edition | Subscribe