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Mahathir recovering, says family

The former Malaysian Prime Minister is making a quick recovery from his mild heart attack, one of his sons said.

india Updated: Nov 10, 2006 12:52 IST

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad is making a quick recovery from his mild heart attack, one of his sons said on Friday.

"He is in good condition. We are convinced in just a matter of time he will be out of the hospital," Mirzan Mahathir said.

"He is fine and he is resting," he added.

Mirzan blamed the attack on Mahathir's recent overseas trips to Saudi Arabia and New Zealand, saying his 81-year-old father had been "tired out".

Mahathir, who ruled Malaysia for 22 years until he handed over to Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in October 2003, was taken to the National Heart Institute on Thursday after suffering a heart attack.

He also suffered a heart attack in 1989 and the ex-premier underwent coronary artery bypass surgery.

Mirzan said his father would like to thank everyone for their prayers and messages for a fast recovery.

Mirzan said depending on advise from doctors, Mahathir was expected to remain in hospital for a week and would likely miss next week's annual meeting of the ruling United Malays National Organisation's (UMNO).

"I don't think he will attend the meeting. He will still be in hospital," he said.

Mahathir is currently involved in an ugly dispute with premier Abdullah whom he has accused of economic mismanagement, corruption and nepotism -- charges Abdullah, the UMNO president, has repeatedly denied.

First Published: Nov 10, 2006 12:52 IST