This is what Siti Hasmah was worried about

 |Aug 10, 2016
Mahathir had an heated exchange with his son Mokhzani.
Mahathir had an heated exchange with his son Mokhzani.

Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali, Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s wife, is not too happy about her husband’s extremely active and stressful lifestyle.

She felt that at this stage of his life Mahathir should slow down and not burn his candle from both ends.

And what she dreaded most happened on Tuesday morning at 9am.

Mahathir was admitted to the IJN for what was reported as chest pains or chest infection.

Siti Hasmah knows that Mahathir is pushing his luck and that the stress may kill him.

According to Siti Hasmah, since July 26, 2016 when they were in Jakarta, Mahathir has been very agitated due to the mess up of the press conference that was supposed to have been held that same day but which had to be aborted instead.

Since then Mahathir has been restless and has not been sleeping well.

Mahathir’s first heart attack was in 1989 when he was suffering extreme stress and almost got ousted by Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah and his ‘Team B’.

Then he suffered his second heart attack during Hari Raya of 2006.

At that time Mahathir was actively campaigning the length and breadth of Malaysia to oust Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

That same evening he was discussing whether Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah was ready to take over from Abdullah and, more importantly, whether he would toe the line, when at 3am Mahathir suffered a heart attack and was rushed to hospital.

The doctors decided he must undergo surgery if he was going to survive.

But then Mahathir suffered post-surgery complications and a serious infection so they had to operate on him again.

This time, however, they gave Mahathir a less than 50% chance of survival and the family braced themselves for the worst.

Somehow Mahathir survived what many said he would not survive.

Since that 2006 heart attack, though, Mahathir has had many more close calls.

This was what one Umno Blogger, ‘Big Dog’, wrote in September 2007.

“Since 8 November last year (2006), Tun Dr. Mahathir has had three heart attacks and hospitalised in IJN. He was admitted into IJN upon returning from Johor Bahru on 10 February 2007, where he made the call for Umno leaders to not fear leadership change and again on May 15, 2007, whilst on a private visit to Langkawi. The latter was a rather serious attack and he was flown back to Kuala Lumpur and admitted immediately to IJN the moment the IJN specialist who flew to Langkawi to treat him managed to stabilise him and he was able to take a flight.”

That was what was reported in 2007. Since then Mahathir was hospitalised in Australia in 2010 and again in 2013 for a chest infection — and again on Tuesday at 9am for the same thing.

Some say it may be more than just a chest infection and they are basing their opinion on the events just before they had to send Mahathir to hospital.

Yesterday morning, Mokhzani, joined Mahathir for an early breakfast where he told his father he might have to face charges of insider trading.

On July 29, 2016, his ex-partner, Datuk Yeow Kheng Chew and two others — Paulene Chee Yuet Fang and Tan Yee Chee, his remisier — were charged for insider trading.

These three were acting under his instructions so that means he, too, faces the risk of that same fate.

That was when Mahathir blew his top and grumbled at Mokhzani as to why he went and did a silly thing like that knowing that they are very vulnerable and would be at the mercy of the powers-that-be.

Surely Prime Minister Najib Razak is not going to go easy on him considering what they have subjected him to.

The sentence under this charge is a maximum of ten years jail and if Mokhzani gets sent to jail for ten years Mahathir is not going to be around to see the day Mokhzani walks free.

Mokhzani and Mahathir had a heated exchange and the son blamed the father for the predicament.

If Mahathir had not been so gung-ho about ousting Najib then Mokhzani would not be facing this problem.

Mokhzani then left in a huff after which Mahathir phoned Daim Zainuddin and grumbled about the stupid move that Kadir Jasin made that resulted in the planned press conference — that was supposed to have been held against the backdrop of the announcement by the US Justice Department (DOJ) and the US Attorney General (AG) — having to be aborted.

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Source: Malaysia Today

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Raja Petra Kamarudin or RPK, cousin to the Selangor Sultan, is one of Malaysia's earliest online 'citizen journalists'. He started his website in 1995 before the internet 'explosion' triggered by the Reformasi movement in September 1998. Malaysia Today was launched as a blog in August 2004 and is one of the few pioneer blogs still active and posting articles on a daily basis 24-7. RPK, 66 years old, has been writing since 1990.