Social media wishes Dr M Happy Birthday! The PM reciprocates

Social media wishes Dr M Happy Birthday! The PM reciprocates

PUCHONG: As Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad celebrates his 94th birthday today, the public took to social media to convey their wishes to the nonagenarian.

“Blessed and a happy birthday Tun M may you have many many more years to come ..God bless you and God bless Malaysia..pray you have excellent health,” said Jasmine Jayaranee Charles on Mahathir’s official Facebook page.

Another Facebook user Irene Leong thanked Mahathir for his efforts to steer Malaysia back to its glory days.

“Happy birthday Tun! Stay happy and healthy and thanks for steering our country back on to the road to unity and prosperity,” said Irene Leong.

As of press time, 3,600 people have posted birthday wishes on Mahathir’s Facebook page, which also has 1,200 shares.

Responding to the wishes, Mahathir thanked them for their blessings and said that his wish now was to set Malaysia on the path of recovery.

“Thank you for all the birthday greetings I received today. My birthday wish is very simple, that I can finish my work setting Malaysia on the road of recovery. It is a privilege and honour to serve this country,” said Mahathir.

Mahathir was born on July 10, in Alor Setar, Kedah. He was the youngest among nine siblings.

A medical doctor by training, Mahathir became politically active at the end of the Japanese Occupation of Malaya, where he joined Umno in opposition to the British proposed Malayan Union agenda.

He became the Alor Setar MP in 1964. However, he lost his seat in 1969 to PAS’ Yusof Rawa.

Post the 1969 racial riots, then-Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein appointed him as Education Minister.

From there, he slowly and surely rose up the ranks and became the fourth prime minister of Malaysia in 1981.

With ambitious plans in mind, Mahathir turned Malaysia from an agrarian-based economy to an industrial-based nation under his watch.

He also steered Malaysia back to recovery after the 1998 Asian Financial Crisis before retiring in 2003, after helming the nation for 22 years.

However, Mahathir opted out of retirement as he became disillusioned with the way his predecessors, Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak were running the country.

In 2018, Mahathir led the Pakatan Harapan coalition to win the May 9 General Election, dislodging Barisan Nasional from its 60 over years hold of the government and returning as the nation’s 7th Prime Minister.

Mahathir is currently the oldest elected leader in the world.

The Leaders Online wishes Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad a blessed Happy Birthday!

By G Vinod