Nov 11, 2006

"I Want To Rest After This," Says Dr Mahathir

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 11 (Bernama) -- Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who is being treated at the National Heart Institute (IJN), plans to take complete rest for several weeks, including staying away from the Umno General Assembly on Monday.

"I want to rest...not making any statement...hope the (Umno) assembly runs smoothly," he said in an interview with Bernama and Radio Television Malaysia (RTM) Saturday, two days after being admitted to the IJN after complaining of chest pain at home.

Dr Mahathir, who was wearing a short-sleeved shirt and long pants, appeared in high spirit although his condition was rather weak during the 20-minute interview.

Accompanying him was his wife, Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali.

Dr Mahathir said it was fortunate that he had sought immediate treatment as soon as he had the mild heart attack, and this had enabled the specialist doctors to dilute the blood clot in his coronary artery.

"The heart attack was mild but I came early, three hours after the attack...they (the doctors) managed to dilute the clot and there was no blockage.

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