Malaysia's Mahathir joins Instagram, posts light-hearted snapshot of him and his wife

Malaysia's former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad launched his account chedetofficial by posting a photo of his wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali and him laughing together.
Malaysia's former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad launched his account chedetofficial by posting a photo of his wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali and him laughing together.PHOTO: INSTAGRAM/CHEDETOFFICIAL

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Malaysia's former Prime Minister turned opposition leader Mahathir Mohamad has joined the photo-sharing social media site Instagram, making his first post a snapshot of he and his wife in a light-hearted moment.

The 92-year-old chairman of the Pakatan Harapan opposition alliance launched his account chedetofficial on Thursday (March 15) with the image of his wife Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali and him laughing together side by side.

The account had gained 10,800 followers as of 12pm.

"Today, I am starting my Instagram account with a picture of me and Hasmah. My wife of 62 years who has always been by my side.

"As doctors, laughter is indeed the best medicine," he said as a caption to his photo which has garnered 5,204 likes and 642 comments.

Instagram user wcmjoe welcomed Dr Mahathir to the world of Instagram.

User julietalbertbuso.az said the couple was "so sweet". "You both are so cute and adorable," she said. She also wished the couple good health and long life.

Another user mohdmawi62 also called them an ideal couple, adding that he was jealous of the happy couple.

Dr Mahathir already has verified accounts on Facebook and Twitter.

Prime minister Najib Razak also has an official account on Instagram where he has amassed 382,000 followers and regularly posts photos of his cats, world leaders he meets and grandchildren.