PUTRAJAYA: As polling day nears, Pakatan Harapan chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has brushed away concerns of his ailing health affecting his daily activities.
“I’m still coughing. The strange thing is that when I get up to speak, I don’t cough,” he said during a press conference at the Perdana Leadership Foundation here yesterday.
He was responding to a question by a reporter about his health after he was seen coughing during the press conference.
Dr Mahathir maintained that he is still able to present long speeches and reminded everyone that he spoke for an hour during a ceramah in Kuantan.
“Now that I’m old, I can still speak for one hour. I would like to find out if there is any 93-year-old who is willing to speak for an hour.
“It is very tiring. But still, I survived. I can even answer your question. Can you imagine that?” he added.
The reporter subsequently asked Dr Mahathir to clarify his age as it is known that he is 92 years old now.
To this, he replied: “I will be 93 on July 10. Please attend my birthday.”
Dr Mahathir will contest in the Langkawi parliamentary constituency against Barisan Nasional incumbent Datuk Nawawi Ahmad.
In the same press conference, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia Youth chief Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman said Dr Mahathir would deliver his last election speech on the eve of polling day from Langkawi.
He said the speech would be broadcast live on Dr Mahathir’s Facebook page at 10pm.
Syed Saddiq said Pakatan’s ceramah at all parliamentary constituencies would be halted at that time to make way for Dr Mahathir’s speech.
“Our goal is to reach out to a minimum of 10 million Malaysian voters.
“I call on youths to ensure their family members watch Dr Mahathir’s speech before all of us cast our votes,” he added.
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