Nov 12, 2006

Dr Mahathir May Be Discharged From IJN Thursday

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 12 (Bernama) -- Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who suffered a mild heart attack last Thursday, is expected to be discharged from the National Heart Institute (IJN) on Thursday at the earliest.

The former prime minister has been advised by doctors to rest and not engage in any work for two months after being allowed to go home, his son Datuk Mukhriz said Sunday.

"The doctors are monitoring Tun's health closely and his condition is improving. This morning, Tun had asked his driver to bring his jogging shoes. Tun is also not having any problem with the medication he has been given," he told a news conference called to report on Dr Mahathir's health, here.

Dr Mahathir, who was moved from the Coronary Care Unit to a normal ward yesterday, is scheduled to undergo several light exercise sessions soon.

He was advised to get admitted to the IJN after complaining of chest pains last Thursday.

Mukhriz said the family would hold a "doa selamat" (prayer) session Monday for the well-being of Dr Mahathir, as requested by the people.

"We invite all delegates attending the Umno general assembly to attend the session, particularly Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and other Umno leaders," he said.

However, Mukhriz said, his father would not attend on doctor's orders.

"Tun has been advised by the doctors treating him to rest and, going by experience, the delegates will become too emotional and if Tun was there it is feared that it will put pressure on him and it will not be good for his health," he said.

The prayer session is scheduled to be held at the Grand Seasons Hotel in Jalan Pahang here from 6.30 pm till after the Isyak prayers.

Meanwhile, several Cabinet ministers and other VIPs were seen calling on Dr Mahathir at the IJN. Among them were former Agriculture Minister Tan Sri Dr Sulaiman Daud and Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and his wife.

Others who came were MCA President and Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy and Chairman of the National Service Training Council Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.

In the evening, those who called on the former prime minister included former Information Minister Datuk Seri Abdul Kadir Sheikh Fadzir, Tenaga Nasional Berhad Chairman Datuk Amar Leo Moggie, MIC President and Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu, Gua Musang Member of Parliament Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah and Kuala Lumpur Datuk Bandar Datuk Ruslin Hassan and his wife.

Earlier, three non-governmental organisations (NGOs) -- Gabungan Generasi Profesional Perwaris Bangsa (ProWaris), the Islamic Consumers Association of Malaysia (PPIM) and Mara Junior Science Colleges Ex-Students Association (Ansara) -- put up a banner reading "Doakanlah Tun Dr Mahathir Sembuh Segera" (Pray for Tun Dr Mahathir's Quick Recovery) at the entrance to IJN.

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