Dr M: Thank You for Heartening Birthday Wishes

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Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad who turned 95 today took to Facebook to thank well-wishers for their birthday greetings and messages.

“I would like to say thank you for these good wishes.

“It is very heartening because it gives me the kind of incentive to try to do something for this country. Thank you,” he said in a video post on his Facebook page.

The two-time prime minister who served the country for a combined total of nearly 24 years even had political adversaries like Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali send him birthday greetings to his continued good health on social media.

“Happy 95th birthday, sir.

“May Tun Dr Mahathir be blessed with grace, peace, good health, and a long life,” Najib wrote.

“I see even Najib has wished me happy birthday and I want to say thank you to him.

 “Thank you to everyone for the good wishes.

“It is important to me, because I feel happy that I am still remembered, even though it’s my birthday, it’s something I expect, but I didn’t expect so many people to remember my birthday,” Dr Mahathir said.

Segambut MP Hannah Yeoh, who was deputy women, family and community development minister in Mahathir’s second Cabinet, also wished the veteran statesman a happy birthday in a Facebook post accompanied by a picture of them together.

“This photo was taken on a day I sought to hear for myself your explanation on all the questions I had post our time in Putrajaya,” she said.

“I may not like everything I heard, but I know you were honest in answering these questions. And this is what I like about you – your honesty, even if it means losing votes.”

Thanking him for giving up his time to return as prime minister, she said there were many Malaysians who still wished him well and want “the happiest birthday” for him.

“I may never live till I’m 95, but I know even if I do, I cannot do what you have done in the last few years – persistent in fighting those involved in 1MDB.

“Happiest 95th Birthday Tun!”

Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir also shared a sweet birthday post dedicated to her father.

“How is this guy 95?? Happiest birthday, Daddy!

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“May you continue to enjoy the good health, energy, wit, and charm of a 65-year-old, InsyaAllah!” Marina wrote on Facebook this morning.

Along with her birthday wishes, Marina, also posted candid and comical photos of her dad who was all-smiles in a plaid button-up and his signature photochromic spectacles.

The Langkawi MP also expressed gratitude to foreign leaders like Russian President Vladimir Putin for sending birthday wishes.

“This morning the ambassador from Russia came and he had a letter from Putin wishing me happy 95th birthday.

“Well I didn’t have any wishes from other leaders, but I appreciate even foreign leaders who remember my birthday,” he said.

The Facebook video also featured Dr Mahathir’s wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali serenading her husband with an English oldie titled If I Give My Heart to You.

Dr Siti Hasmah who will be celebrating her 93rd birthday on July 12, said she hopes God fulfils Dr Mahathir’s wishes.

“Hi there, this is yang wishing you a happy birthday, 95th year of your life, and pray that may Allah give you very good health, live longer, continue to be calm, and grant you a calm soul, strong faith, sound mind and sharp senses.

“May Allah strengthen our love and draw us closer to each other on this day. Love you dear,” she said.