Former M’sia PM Mahathir Now ‘Undergoing Several Investigations’ in Heart Institute


Just two days ago, it was reported that former Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad had been admitted to Malaysia’s National Heart Institute (IJN).

Given that he has suffered heart troubles in the past and that the institute said it was just for a “full medical check-up”, we didn’t suspect anything serious.

But, of course, Dr Mahathir is now 96, an age where it’s not uncommon to suffer from serious health ailments.

And now it seems that his condition warrants further examination.

Former M’sia PM Mahathir Now ‘Undergoing Several Investigations’ in Heart Institute

A day after being admitted, Dr Mahathir is now undergoing several medical investigations at IJN.

The institute issued a brief statement yesterday (17 Dec) on the matter:

“Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad is currently undergoing several investigations which shall be completed in the next few days. He shall remain in IJN until then”, it said.

It added that no visitors are allowed due to the current rules in place.

On Thursday (16 Dec) IJN revealed that the 96-year old was admitted to their institute, saying he would undergo a full medical check-up and remain there for the next few days for further observation.

Suffered Three Heart Attacks in the Past

Details of Dr Mahathir’s admission are unclear, but he has suffered heart troubles in the past.

He’s suffered three heart attacks, in fact; one in 1989, and two in 2006. He has undergone two bypass surgeries, the first at Kuala Lumpur Hospital in 1989 and the second at IJN in 2007.

He has also been hospitalised several times for chest infection, the most recent of which came in 2018, when he was admitted to the IJN.

Still Serving as MP

While most of us would be spending our latter years at home, Dr Mahathir is still serving his constituents.

He is currently MP for the Langkawi constituency in his home state of Kedah, and chairman of opposition Parti Pejuang Tanah Air Malaysia.

Dr Mahathir first served as Malaysia premier from 1981 to 2003 before retiring. He reclaimed the post in 2018, when he became prime minister for the second time, at the age of 92.

At the time, he was the oldest prime minister in the world.


He resigned just two years later and was succeeded by Mr Muhyiddin Yassin, who has since been replaced as well.

After IJN’s statement was shared on Dr Mahathir’s official Twitter account, there was an outpouring of support and well wishes for the former premier.

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