Malaysia’s former PM Mahathir Mohamad undergoes successful ‘elective medical procedure’
- The 96-year-old former PM was admitted to Malaysia’s National Heart Institute on Friday – the second time in as many months that he has been hospitalised
- The institute said Mahathir, who has a history of heart problems, had an elective medical procedure that was ‘uneventful and went as planned’
“The procedure was uneventful and went as planned,” the institute said in a statement.
Mahathir first assumed power in 1981 and became the longest-serving prime minister when he retired 22 years later in 2003. In 2018, he joined forces with the opposition and stunningly dethroned the long-ruling National Front coalition.
He made history by becoming the prime minister for a second time at 92. However, his tenure was brief as his government collapsed in less than two years due to political defections.