Nov 15, 2006

Dr Mahathir Won't Attend Umno Assembly

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 15 (Bernama) -- Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who was discharged from the National Heart Institute (IJN) Tuesday evening after being treated for five days following a mild heart attack, will not attend the Umno General Assembly which began Monday.

His son, Datuk Mukhriz, said the former prime minister would not attend the assembly although he had recovered from the attack and was allowed to return home.

"Tun (Dr Mahathir) will not attend. Tun will only follow the proceedings shown on television," he told reporters after the special prayers for Dr Mahathir, here Tuesday night.

The special prayers organised by Dr Mahathir's family was held to fulfil the wishes of delegates to the Umno general assembly who wished to visit him and pray for his wellbeing.

Dr Mahathir, who was also the former Umno president, was allowed to leave the IJN at 5.30 pm.

Dr Mahathir, who will turn 81 next month, was admitted to the IJN on Nov 9 after complaining of chest pain at home at about 3 am.

Mukriz said he learnt that Dr Mahathir was allowed to return home at 5 pm after being informed by the doctor who had treated his father.

"I was actually surprised because the doctor had told me that Tun would be detained at the hospital for about a week. I believe the doctor thinks that Tun has regained his health and could return home," he said.

He said that for the moment Dr Mahathir had no plans to go on vacation and would only rest at home.

The special prayers, which was attended by about 200 people, began with the Maghrib prayers followed by a recital of the `Yaasin' and Isyak prayers.

Besides Mukhriz, Dr Mahathir's other children who were present were Mirzan, Datuk Mokhzani, and Datin Paduka Marina.

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