KUALA LUMPUR: Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad is in stable condition after undergoing treatment at the National Heart Institute (IJN), his daughter said in a statement on Saturday (Jan 22).
Marina Mahathir said her 96-year-old father had been readmitted to hospital and has undergone two days of treatment following an elective medical procedure in early January.
"Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali (his wife) and family ask for the people to pray for his speedy and full recovery," Marina said.
Members of the media descended on the hospital as news spread that the Langkawi member of parliament had been admitted to the institute's coronary care unit (CCU).
Prime Minister Ismail Sabri also arrived at the IJN on Saturday evening where he met with Dr Mahathir's wife, Dr Siti Hasmah.
"I ask all Malaysians to pray to Allah that Tun Dr Mahathir recovers soon and returns to good health,” he said in a Facebook post.
This is the second time this month that the former leader has been admitted to hospital.
Dr Mahathir was admitted to IJN on Jan 7, weeks after he was discharged following a check-up. The institute said then that Dr Mahathir had been admitted for an "elective medical procedure" but did not elaborate further.
IJN later said on Jan 13 that Dr Mahathir had been discharged and would continue his recuperation and recovery at home.
His medical procedure in January came after he was also warded at the same specialist heart hospital in mid-December, with doctors discharging him a week later.