Malaysian PM Mahathir plays chauffeur again driving in Langkawi with wife and bodyguards

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and his wife Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali arrived in a brown Volkswagen Tiguanin in Jalan Mahawangsa, Kuah town, on July 1, to check out the Langkawi MP's new service centre.
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and his wife Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali arrived in a brown Volkswagen Tiguanin in Jalan Mahawangsa, Kuah town, on July 1, to check out the Langkawi MP's new service centre. PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

LANGKAWI (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The sight of Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, 93, taking the driver's seat is becoming common.

He and his wife Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali arrived in a brown Volkswagen Tiguanin in Jalan Mahawangsa, Kuah town, on Sunday (July 1) to check out the Langkawi MP's new service centre, with their bodyguards sitting in the back of the car.

They spent about 30 minutes touring the four-storey unit before heading to the airport with Tun Dr Mahathir again behind the wheel and the bodyguards in the rear.

The new centre is expected to be opened at the end of this month. Ayer Hangat assemblyman Juhari Bulat was also present during the tour.

Early last month, Dr Mahathir also drove his wife and their bodyguards to a meeting at Ombak Villa, the resort he was staying at.

He declined to be driven and got into the driver's seat to drive himself back to his chalet.

In May, a video of Dr Mahathir driving what appeared to be a Proton Perdana around Kuala Lumpur went viral after it was shared on Twitter.

 

Dr Mahathir is known to drive himself around Putrajaya. In his first tenure as prime minister from 1981 to 2003, he was known for visiting public locations almost incognito.