Tun Dr Mahathir returning home

Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir who was hospitalised in Melbourne while on a working visit will return to Kuala Lumpur this evening. He is expected to arrive at 800pm Malaysian time.

He is accompanied by his wife Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah Mohd. Ali.

Tun Dr. Mahathir will rest for the next few days and continue the treatment. He was discharged from Epworth Hospital, Melbourne on Tuesday 5 October but continued the treatment from his hotel. His recovery was said to be encouraging. On a phone interview with TV3 on the same day, he thanked Malaysians who have wished him well and offered prayer for his recovery.

*Updated 845pm

Tun Dr Mahathir alighting from the Global Express

The Bombardier Global Express jet which carried Tun Dr. Mahathir and Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah arrived in Sultan Salahuddin International Airport, Subang at 825pm. He looked cheerful and gave a sunshine smile, despite having to endure a seven hour flight from Tullamarine International Airport, Melbourne.

Published in: on October 8, 2010 at 11:38  Comments (8)  

2.6GHz spectrum: Transparency is the way to go

Providing broadband to Malaysian homes and businesses is the delivering the demand of connectivity, especially for Malaysians to be part of the global citizenship in the information superhighway. The development of technology and content made it imperative for Malaysian  not to be exlcuded from connectivity. The National Broadband Initiative (NBI) is the way to go.

Ministry of Information, Communications and Culture (KPPK) via Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) was given the task to drive and develop the franework of controls to the access to connectivity. A letter was issued to nine companies on 17 September 2010; Celcom, Maxis, DiGi, U-Mobile, P1, Redtone, YTL, Airspace and Puncak Semangat. Unofficially, they were informed about the allocation to 3G and WiMAX operators for achieving the 50% broadband household penetration rate. The 2.6GHz spectrum would be made available for allocation from 1 January 2013 through apparatus assignment.

The requirement is basic. Operators are required to submit detailed business plan. It was said that no time line was specified. The spectrum available is between 2500MHz and 2690MHz, which should be divided into 9 operators. Each allocated the 20MHz between the bands. The remaining 10MHz will serve as a spare buffer band.

The Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology required from the operators in order to deliver the 100Mbps (Current 3G HSDPA = 7Mps). It is understood that all operators have plans how to roll-out LTE to provide better broadband network to support high end applications and services, which is very much the expectation of the market and consumers.

Never the less, the challenges raised are pertinent and very real. For starters, the allocation of 20 MHz is insufficient to effectively roll-out the LTE. Splitting the spectrum and allocating the 20MHz will not maximise the throughput benefit of the spectrum. In fact it is technically unproductive to do so.

Heavy equipments are required to deliver the 2.6GHz as the capacity loading would be termendous. The concern is that how are the WiMAX operators able to deliver the 2.6GHz when they currently struggling to even deliver 2.3GHz commitments. The operators have the resources and capabilities to maintain the different networks (GSM and 3G). The other question arises from this exercise is that how would the same operators serve the WiMAX network with existing capacity.

The customer base is also a major concern. The current 3G operators have a huge subscriber base. It is technologically and commercially natural for these operators and telecommunication providers progress towards meeting the higher demands and expectation of the subscribers and new consumer markets. It is expected to be sustainably viable too. Would the operators able to sustain the business in long term with the current subscriber base.

3G operators have concerns on the the Government would think and have the propensity to consolidate all the operators with WiMAX or other smaller broadband operators in order to acquire more spectrum. The consolidation, especially with Government’s instruction should be avoided as proven in the past, it would just benefit some parties and has a larger impact and loss to the industry.

To develop the 2.6GHz spectrum, it was said that MCMC is providing a RM 1 billion fund from the Universal Service Provider (USP) fund.

This is taken from the MCMC presentation dated 17 March 2003″

 

•USP Fund

Contribution  – By licensee of 6% of its weighted net revenue.  Only by those whose net revenue > RM500,000.

Commission shall maintain proper accounts of the USP Fund – Annual report and statement of accounts

However only three out of the nine companies bidding would benefit from this grant. The three is not ascertained yet at this time.

One damning rumour that looms with this is that a close family member of the minister-in-charge Dato’ Seri Utama Dr Rais Yatim has been associated in lobbying for part of the grant for one of the operators bidding. This cannot be true as Dr Rais is a respected senior member of the  Cabinet and has been around in the Federal Government since third Prime Minister Tun Hussein Onn’s time (with the exception of the interegnum period between 1987 – 1999). If this rumour is true, then it would be a scandal which Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak is gravely unable to afford.

The right way to do this is transparency. The industry is very small. Any movements would be known. More over if it involves grants which are RM hundreds of millions.

Favourtism would simply be detected almost automatically. How the grants would be awarded would create negative perception. It is imperative that the delivery of the 2.6GHz spectrum is done properly to the parties who are deserving and able to follow it through. The challenges arisen from technological, commercial and growth demands for the 100Mbps service will determine how the high value economy that PM Najib’s New Economic Model grand plan is able to be realised. At this point, confidence is very important. Communications is one of the National Key Economic Area focused by the Federal Government.

After all, transparency is what PM Najib promised when he assumed the premiership from PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on 28 March 2009. Corruption is one of the National Key Result Area which PM Najib’s leadership has to follow through.

 

 

 

 

Published in: on October 8, 2010 at 08:34  Comments (33)  

Survival akhbar Melayu

Akhbar Melayu merupakan wadah penyebar maklumat paling penting yang membina minda dan pendapat orang Melayu. Ianya merupakan instrumen terpenting menjana dan membakar semangat nasionalism sehinggakan orang Melayu bersatu melalui 29 NGO dan menubuhkan UMNO pada 11 Mei 1946, dalam usaha menggagalkan Malayan Union.

Akhbar Melayu terus menjadi wadah mempertingkatkan orang Melayu sebagai bangsa yang makin bermaklumat.

Kini Fakulti Kommunikasi dan Pengajian Media Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) akan menganjurkan satu seminar khas memperbincangkan hala tuju dan survival akhbar Melayu, terutama dalam dunia yang dicabar globalisasi, maklumat tanpa sempadan dan demokrasi digital. Ini lebih penting lagi apabila Agenda Melayu dicalari, hak kedudukan istimewa orang Melayu dan kepentingan orang Melayu dicabar secara lantang, dari semua sudut.

Seminar ini akan dianjurkan 9 Oktober ini Dewan Pusat Antarabangsa UiTM, bermula 830pagi. Sessi pagi akan dibarisi panelis Dato Seri Azman Ujang, Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye and Adi Satria Ahmad. Sessi petang pula oleh Tan Sri Dr Nordin Kardi, Tan Sri Zainuddin Maidin dan Prof. Dr. Ahmad Murah Merican.

Semua dijemput hadir.

Published in: on October 7, 2010 at 09:48  Comments (7)  

Mat King Leather done it again?

Blogger Pisau.net broke the scoop about another Police report of former-abuse-of-power-convict Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim sodomising another unfortunate bloke. Messages now flooding Twitterjaya that a media conference would be called in Petaling Jaya two hours from now on the story.

First there were these names, adopted brother Sukma  Darma Saasmidtamaja,  Pakistani-born political speech writer Anas Munawar, wife’s personal driver Azizan Abu Bakar, tailor Mior Abdul Razak  and former lecturer Hairani Nafis became the talk of the town. Watch this confession video:

We reckoned as they say “Old habits die hard”. It sounds like a cliche’. But in the accused-for-the-second-time Anwar, this has become somewhat of a too frequent coincidence. In 1997, sister of Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim’s closest aide Azmin Ali, Ummi Hafilda Ali wrote to then Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad of the former’s queer and deviant sexual habits, which include sodomy and sleeping with someone’s wife.

This is the recording with Norlaila, a married boutique assistance whom Anwar had a fling with.

He was convicted by Kuala Lumpur High Court’s Justice Dato’ Ariffin Jaka for sexual crime of sodomy in 2000. Federal Court eventually over-turned the decision for ‘technicalities’. The act of sodomy still stands but Anwar shouldn’t be convicted because of the doubtful time of conduct.

In June 2008, an aide Mohd. Saiful Bukhari Azlan made a Police report for the same in-despicable act of sexual crime. Watch this video when Saiful swore on the Al Quran in front of an imam in the Masjid Wilayah Persekutuan of “Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim inserted his penis into my anus”.

Saiful also swore he was ready to face the consequence of being damned by God Al Mighty for his action if he was fabricating a false accusation against the man who once read out the Khutbah in a Friday congregation.

The trial is still on-going and Anwar’s defense team is trying very hard to prolong the case with all sorts of petty-technical-issues raise for the deflection as the defense, if not derail the whole process.

Malaysians generally are really tired of the ‘drama’ from the case. One of the subtle ‘drama’ is the false-claim of Pakatan Rakyat taking over the Federal Government on or by 16 September 2008.

Now, there is another one. If it is true, then it cannot be mere coincidence. The pattern re-occurance can be seen from this montage:

If a Police report was lodged recently or will be lodged soon, then politics aka the Government or Ruling Party has got nothing to do with it. Neither is recently retired IGP Tan Sri Musa Hassan, whose ‘without fear of favour’ investigations arisen from the Police report made against Khalid Jaffri’s 50 Dalil Kenapa Anwar Tidak Boleh Menjadi PM controversial book is no longer in power to be part of the ‘conspiracy’ to topple Anwar.

Let us all not be tired about this and follow the development closely. This should be very interesting indeed. This very well prove the cases of Anwar being an incorrigible sexual deviant.

Let us be reminded of this landmark recording of Mior and Anwar which he calls himself, “Mat King Leather”:

*Updated 420pm

Apparently, the new complainant is Rahimi Osman. He was the person who introduced Saiful to Anwar. This new development should be watched with caution. If this new complaint could not be substantiated, then from the perspective of the common people this it would inadvertently  ‘torpedo’ the on-going trial.

*Updated 1130pm

Apparently the breaking news by the blog was not accurate. Rahimi did not call a media conference to announce that he was sodomised by Anwar. In fact, he called for the media conference to state that he was ‘forced’ to sign two false statutory declarations.

The Sun has the story:

Chaos at PC on Rahimi’s statutory declarations


Meena L. Ramadas

newsdesk@thesundaily.com

KLANG (Oct 6, 2010): A former aide to Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim lodged a police report this afternoon to disclaim two statutory declarations (SDs) he made in 2008 about the alleged Anwar-Muhammad Saiful Bukhary sodomy case.

Businessman Muhammad Rahimi Osman, 25, called a press conference at a restaurant in Klang “to set the record straight” on the alleged sodomy case but was forced to call it off by a group of men.

In his police report, he said Anwar’s lawyers and other Parti Keadilan Rakyat members forced him to sign the SDs at the Quality Hotel, Shah Alam, in June 2008.

“I was forced to sign the two SDs about Anwar and Saiful. The declarations are not true. I signed because I feared for my safety,” he said in his police report.

He also claimed he was “detained” and forced to stay at the hotel for a few days and forced to sign the SDs although he knew nothing of their contents.

In the report, Rahimi said the first SD signed on June 28 and a second one signed a few days later had been amended to implicate Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor in a conspiracy against Anwar in the sodomy case.

Before Rahimi’s press conference could begin, seven men burst into the room and started to shout and ordered Rahimi to stop the press conference.

“Enough Rahimi,” one of the men shouted. “How much did you get? RM10 to 20 million? Stupid. Get out!” the man yelled as others heckled Rahimi with vulgarities and jeered at him.

The commotion went on for about 20 minutes before Rahimi called off the press conference, saying he will contact the media for another press conference on another day.

His lawyer, S. S. Ravichandran, later said the press conference was to highlight a police report that Rahimi had lodged over the two statutory declarations.

“The contents of the two prior SDs are inaccurate,” he said, adding that Rahimi had filed a new statutory declaration.

The leader of the pro-Anwar group, the PKR de facto leader’s special assistant M. Sureshkumar, defended their action saying he was merely protecting Anwar’s interest.

“(He) was going to announce something negative,” he said, adding that Rahimi was close with Saiful during the 2008 general election.

In an immediate response, Anwar’s lawyer Sankara Nair, via email, denied that Rahimi was forced to sign the SD.

“He made the SD voluntarily and the SD was in Anwar’s favour. Why is he making an about-turn only now after about three years?” he asked.

“(It) clearly smells sinister. He has always been a defence witness. I can only make further comments after I sight Rahimi’s police report and the SDs that he is making reference to … to confirm they are the same ones that are in my possession,” Nair said in his email.

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The media conference was turned upside down by a group of PKR thugs who demonstrated their gangster-ism. They vehemently denied Rahimi and his lawyer to call for the media conference in the restaurant in Klang. This video clip extracted from blog House PK, which the blogger took from Darul Ehsan Today says it all.

Published in: on October 6, 2010 at 14:14  Comments (22)  

Tun Dr. Mahathir discharged from Epworth Hospital

YABhg Tun Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad has been discharged form the Epworth Hospital, Melbourne, Australia, as at 12 noon (Melbourne) today, Oct 5, 2010.

The medical team is happy with YABhg Tun Dr Mahathir’s rate of progress but he will still be placed under observation for an unspecified period.

Throughout this period, the medical team will continue to administer antibiotics treatment and physiotherapy as they had been doing since his admission last Saturday (Oct 2, 2010) for chest infection.

The discharge from the hospital today to a nearby hotel is also part of the rehabilitation process to speed up Tun Dr Mahathir’s rate of recovery.

He is in Melbourne, accompanied by YABhg Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali since since Thursday and had been expected to address a seminar on human development last Saturday afternoon, organised by the UMNO Club of Melbourne.

Published in: on October 5, 2010 at 10:50  Comments (3)  

Can the anti-Nationalists be consistent?

‘Nationalism’ could easily be measured totally from adverse perspective. It could promote progress as the ‘spirit of ownership’ equals to the willingness to defend the sovereignity at all cost. It could also be wedging the different ethnic group even wider apart, from the perspective of ‘racism’.

For the ‘Ultra Malays’, it is defending the ‘Special Malay Rights’, as per provided by the Federation of Malaysia Constitution and norms and acceptance of ‘societal values and practices’ since before the birth of this nation, as a sovereign state.

Progressively, the Non Malays and Liberal Malays tried to challenge all that. The ‘openness’ of the weak leadership of PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s five-and-a-half years of independent Malaysia’s darkest period provided the opportunity of the challenge to me more apparent and loud.

Suddenly, being “Malay first and Malaysian second” is now demonstration of ‘racism’. The recent spat between Minister in Prime Minister’s Department Nazri Aziz and Utusan Malaysia editorial was an escalation of the former’s attack against Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s defense of the BTN last December. Even mainstream media editorials came strongly with the notion what Nazri stood for.

Today, Nazri stood a different ground of defending BTN instead.

Free Malaysia Today’s report:

Nazri defends BTN against racist charge

MON, 04 OCT 2010 18:55

By Syed Jaymal Zahiid

UPDATED KUALA LUMPUR: Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz has defended the National Civics Bureau (BTN) and rubbished claims that its programmes promote racism.

He instead blamed it on BTN’s personnel, stating that the cases were isolated incidents.

“There are no modules in BTN which promotes racism. We have to look at the what is the issue here. In this case, it’s not the module which is an issue, it is the personnel,” he told reporters today.

“These were remarks made by an irresponsible individual, therefore action should be taken against him,” added the Padang Rengas MP.

BTN landed in the limelight when reports surfaced that its deputy director Hamim Husain had used derogatory terms to describe the Chinese and Indians during a closed-door meeting.

Hamim had since denied the matter.

Nazri had recently received a pat on the back from Pakatan Rakyat leaders and the top echelons of non-Malay Barisan Nasional parties for his “I’m Malaysian first, Malay second,” remark.

The statement came amid an intense spat between the country’s major political players over the special positions of the Malays.

We do not promote racism

The statement came amid an intense spat between the country’s major political players over the special positions of the Malays and has been a setback for the Najib administration’s efforts unite a racially divisive nation under its 1Malaysia banner.

And the alleged derogatory remarks made by the BTN official has not made it any easier.

While Najib has tried to reassure and appease non-Malay voters by vowing to revamp the programme, he has faced stiff opposition from the more conservative elements within his own party and government.

Lagging and slow response to demands for BTN’s abolition have also invited accusations that Najib lacks political will to see through its political reform promises.

But Nazri rubbished off the allegations, insisting that the government was in no way backing any form of racism and that a stern government warning has been issued against any form of racist behaviour from the civil servants.

“Prime Minister Najib himself said during his speech at the United Nations assembly that the moderates must come forward… this was not only meant on an international level, but also in the context for our country,” stressed Nazri, who is also the chief parliamentary whip for BN.

Hamim at a closed-door Puteri Umno function last week had referred to the Chinese and Indian communities as “Si Mata Sepet” and “Si Botol”.

Chief Secretary Sidek Hassan had been instructed by the Cabinet to probe into the matter following a public outcry over the incident.

In a related development, FMT learnt that Hamim lodged a police report today against the Malaysian Insider news portal and one of its reporters for first reporting that he had made those racist remarks.

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The Star Executive Director and Chief Editor Dato’ Seri Wong Chun Wai was willing to support Nazri “Nazri must not walk alone. He needs Malaysians to express support for his stand and we also expect those who talk to walk the talk.”

Where will Chun Wai be in this latest Nazri statement? Will he be willing to ‘walk with Nazri’ on the latter’s stand on BTN?

It is not necessary for Chun Wai to be reminded on the history lesson how this nation was born and the 1 million Non Malays were made ‘naturalised’ Malaysians as compared to the Malays, who had been ‘subjects of HRHs’ all along. Probably, The Treaty of the Federation of Malay States between HRH Malay Rulers and British Government (as UMNO bore witness as observers) which took effect on 1 February 1948 as a solution against the failed Malayan Union.

The Malays have been very docile and hospitable group of majority. They had never shown hostility against the other ethnic groups. Even during the ‘reign of terror’ for three weeks of MPAJA brutality upon the abrupt surrender of the Japanese Imperial Army on 15 August 1945.  The only time the Non Malays particularly the Chinese felt threatened was during the bloody 13 May 1969 racial riots within Klang Valley, which was started by extreme provocation of DAP, Gerakan and Labour Party against the Kampung Baru Malays at the period where the Malays were very unhappy with their backwardness and the feeling of being ‘left out’ from mainstream economic development and opportunities.

The Malays never needed to stake their claim. As far back during the Larut Wars, the Malays never violated the Chinese at the times they created so much trouble. However the moment they felt their ‘turf being violated’, especially with the intolerable demands (as per warned by HRH Paduka Seri Sultan Perak), they demonstrated their territorial tendency. It is all about defending what is and was rightfully theirs, especially when they felt the violation of the ‘social contract’ which was the fundamental basis of the salient points of compromise when Federation of Malaya was negotiated to be achieved.

Whenever the Malays stood their ground, then it is ‘racism’. However when the Chinese Chauvinists like the DAP systematically and structurally challenged the stability of the social and political harmony which was painfully managed to be achieved and nurtured, the Chinese controlled English dailies never spoke of them on the same tone. Let alone the condemnation. Even against the extremists.

Then there is the question about ‘political ransom’, which is getting chronic. This must not be good for the future of Malaysia.

The fundamental of the struggle for independence was all about Malay nationalism. It was Malay nationalism which succesfully fought against the Malayan Union. It was the same spirit that propelled from the “Hidup Melayu” battle-cry towards “Merdeka” in 1951, at the times where the nation was still very much under the brutal threats of the Chinese majority “Butcher of Malaya” rebels. The spirit of nationalism was the fundamental basis of the patriotism that made this tanahair remained free.

Chun Wai lauded the minorities with the UMNO Leadership such Secretary General Tengku Dato’ Adnan Mansor’s and Youth Chief Hj Khairy Jamaluddin’s explicit stance against Malay NGO PERKASA.

“It is encouraging to hear top leaders from Umno openly saying “no” to Perkasa on the eve of Hari Raya. It is the strongest ever statement from Umno leaders in distancing themselves from the group that has caused much concern among Malaysians.

Malaysia was built on the politics of moderation and accommodation. It has kept the nation glued even during times that we seem so flawed.

But we have managed race relations reasonably well and Malaysians live amicably together, taking better care of this themselves than politicians and the self-appointed champions of our races.”

Then, PM Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak said UMNO is not rejecting PERKASA, which controversy even within UMNO became The Star political analysis for the week. Chun Wai should take more time to chronologically analyse and understand the Nationalism that the Malays held close to their hearts and how these “champions of our races” never denied the Non Malays of their rights and opportunities, within the concept of ‘power share’ and ‘inclusion’ since half a century before ‘1 Malaysia’ became a gross misunderstood tagline of the Non Malays to have a ‘free for all’ Malaysia.

We here at BigDogDotCom sincerely hope that Chun Wai would articulate all these in this week’s column of his, “On the beat”. Moreover,  he was particularly silent when HRH Sultan of Selangor was murka for Serdang DAP MP Teo Nie Ching’s blatant disrespect of the sanctity of the surau. It would be ashamed to label him as anti-Nationalist.


Published in: on October 5, 2010 at 01:12  Comments (9)  

Tun Dr. Mahathir getting better

Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad is recovering well at Epworth Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. He has been under medication and physiotherapy for his cough and chest infection and been responding well to the treatment.

For the benefits of BigDogDotCom blog surfers, we bring you this photo:

Photo was taken 4 October 2010 @ 1100hrs Melbourne time

*Updated 530pm

Alumni of Ex-MRSMers (ANSARA) is organising a special tahlil and doa selamat to pray for Tun Dr. Mahathir’s speedy recovery and well being at Masjid Jame Kampung Baru tomorrow after Maghrib prayers. All are welcome.

Published in: on October 4, 2010 at 13:10  Comments (8)  

Nationalism is the basis of patriotism

In the wake of the Non Malays and Liberal Malays questioning the nationalism of the Malays, which in the underlying principle that brought the struggle of Kemerdekaan successful, we here in BigDogDotCom would like to share two of works of motion picture that were depiction of patriotism, based on nationalism.

They say ‘light and sound’ have impact on the ‘explorential learning process’ of Malaysians understanding the nationalism that is the drove of these acts of extraordinary Malayans. These may be works of art, but it is reflective of the spirit and values that it was meant to depict.

First it was the men of B Company of the  Malay Regiment led by 2nd. Left. Adnan Saidi and 2nd. Left. Abbas Abdul Manan on Bukit Chandu, Singapore on 14 February 1942 which is the day before Lt. Gen. Sir Arthur E. Percival surrendered the Imperial and Commonwealth forces to Lt. Gen. Yamashita.

159 men which include almost the entire B Company of the Malay Regiment  lost their lives that afternoon, to the invading 56th Infantry Regiment of the 18th Division Japanese Imperial Army. Only four men of the Malay Regiment managed to come out alive from the fight to tell the tale.

The Malay Regiment memorial on Bukit Chandu, Alexandra, Singapore

The other is the Malayan Police at Bukit Kepong Station led by Sjn. Jamil Md. Shah on 23 February 1950, taking on the onslaught of 200 communist terrorists (“Butcher of Malaya”).

28 persons lost their lives that early morning, which include 22 Policemen. Three women and a girl, who are family members of the Policemen serving the station were also killed in the brutal attack.

These acts of gallantry and outstanding valour portrayed could only resulted from the nationalism spirit these men possess, for the defense of God, King and Country.

Al Fatihah to these men, women and all those who had sacrificed their lives for achieving and maintaining the liberty.

Published in: on October 4, 2010 at 00:01  Comments (5)  

Tun Dr Mahathir resting at Epworth hospital

Fourth Prime Minister YAbhg Tun Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad is responding well to medication at the Epworth Hospital, Melbourne, Australia, where he has been warded since yesterday (Saturday, 2 Oct 2010) for treatment of chest infection.

Doctors are happy with his progress and he is responding well to the antibiotics treatment and physiotherapy.

This morning, his son Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir, Deputy Minister for the Ministry of International Trade and Industry, visited Tun Dr Mahathir and had breakfast with him and his wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah at the hospital.

Doctors have advised Tun Dr Mahathir to continue resting and he will continue to kept under observation at the hospital’s general ward for the next few days.

Tun Dr Mahathir and Tun Dr Siti Hamah also conveys their salaam and appreciation to all who had sent their prayers and wished him well and speedy recovery.

He was accompanied by Dr Siti Hasmah had arrived in Melbourne, Australia, on Thursday and had been expected to address a seminar on human development organised by the UMNO Club of Melbourne yesterday.

Published in: on October 3, 2010 at 12:14  Comments (4)  

Tun Dr Mahathir resting for flu in Melbourne

A file photo of Tun Dr Mahathir

Fourth Prime Minister YABhg Tun Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad has been admitted to the Epworth Hospital, Melbourne, Australia, for treatment of chest infection since 900 am today, Saturday Oct 2, 2010.

Currently Tun Dr Mahathir is  admitted to the general ward for antibiotics treatment and physiotherapy. His condition is stable and he has been advised to rest.

Tun Dr. Mahathir is expected to be admitted for a few days for observation.

Tun Dr. Mahathir, accompanied by Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali, is in Melbourne, Australia, since Thursday and was expected to address a seminar on human development this afternoon, organised by the UMNO Club of Melbourne. He was the Fifth President of UMNO.

For the record, the Statesman celebrated his 85th birthday two and a half months ago. He had two successful cardio arterial by-pass graft surgery; once in Kuala Lumpur Hospital, January 1989 and the most recent, at IJN in September 2007. Both were carried out by eminent cardio-thoracic surgeon Tan Sri Mr. Yahya Awang.

His state of health had been very good. He has actively been invited to give talks and share his thoughts. The most recent which attracted a lot of nationwide attention was the call for the Malays to protect their rights, which was delivered in Pasir Mas. Three days ago he asked that new strategies are needed to ensure that Vision 2020 is delivered.

Published in: on October 2, 2010 at 14:29  Comments (18)