PETALING JAYA: Birthday wishes for Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad have been pouring in on social media on the occasion of his 96th birthday on Saturday (July 10).
One well-wisher was former international trade and industry minister Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz, who put up a post on Facebook to wish the former prime minister a very happy birthday and good health.
She also prayed that Dr Mahathir and his wife Tun Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali – who will celebrate her 95th birthday on Monday (July 12) – would continue to be blessed by God.
"Do take care and stay safe," wrote Rafidah on her Facebook page on Saturday (July 10).
Similarly, Facebook user Aishah Irene Galibon Jr wrote that "most of us who grew up in the 80s and 90s while Dr Mahathir was Malaysia's fourth prime minister will forever be grateful to what the great man has done for the nation.
"The peace, prosperity and rapid development of the nation during that period are fully credited to Dr Mahathir, our doctor in the house," she added.
The Perdana Leadership Foundation also took to Facebook to wish Dr Mahathir a happy birthday, chronicling some national achievements under his leadership – including the 772km North-South Expressway, the Kuala Lumpur International Airport and the creation of Putrajaya and Cyberjaya, adding that Malaysians still enjoy theit benefits today.
Dr Mahathir is the country's fourth and seventh prime minister, serving from 1981 to 2003 and then May 2018 to February 2020.
Meanwhile, Twitter is also abuzz with Malaysians wishing Dr Mahathir on his birthday, with user @nodame90 posting, "Happy birthday to our beloved negarawan Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad."
She also wished that both Dr Mahathir and Siti Hasmah would continue to fight for the country, ending her post with "We love you."
Twitter user @Shyima1676 wrote, "Happy birthday Tun Dr. Mahathir. Peace be upon you always Tun Dr. Mahathir. May all your affairs be eased, always."
Meanwhile, Dr Mahathir thanked those who wished him a happy birthday and appreciated the fact that they remembered the date.
"I am now 96 years old, thank you for reminding me that I am getting on in years.
"But anyway, thank you very much for remembering and wishing me happy birthday, thank you," he said in the WhatsApp message to the media.