Malaysian EX-PM Mahathir admitted to hospital, to undergo full medical check-up

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Intl desk, Dec 17: Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, 96, was admitted to hospital on Thursday and will undergo a full medical check-up, the medical facility said.

The National Heart Institute said Mahathir arrived at 7:00 pm (1100 GMT) and is expected to stay there for the next few days. It did not say why he had been admitted and his aides declined to give further details. Mahathir has had heart problems in the past, suffering several heart attacks and undergoing bypass surgery.

In a statement, IJN said the former prime minister was admitted at 7pm and is expected to be in the hospital for the next few days.

“He shall be undergoing a full medical check-up and further observation,” read the statement.

Dr Mahathir has a history of illnesses relating to his heart. He had his first heart attack in 1989, when he was 64 years old.

Then in 2006, he had two more heart attacks, and a year later underwent a quadruple bypass surgery.

The last time Dr Mahathir was hospitalised was on February 10, 2018, also at IJN — due to a chest infection.