My Memories with Tun Dr. Mahathir

4 09 2007

Papa said that Tun Dr. Mahathir will be doing a heart surgery tomorrow, done by Tan Sri Dr. Yahya Awang. He is 82 years old and he might be the first 82-year-old Malaysian doing this risky operation.

I remembered the first time I met him was when he had a Hari Raya open house. I was quite small, 4 years old. I brought my IKEA-toy kangaroo, “Kangaroo”, along but I myself don’t know why. He talked to me and put the duit raya inside Kangaroo’s pocket in the front.

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Another time was when it was his grandson, Misha Hakeem’s birthday party. It was a costume party. I was dressed as the Blossom, the leader of the Powepuff Girls.
Then, it was when I collected money for the Pakistani Earthquake victims. I had a collection box made from a tissue box and I explained to him because he asked what the ‘box’ is all about. He immediately took out his wallet and put RM30.00 inside the tissue box I was holding. Actually Papa earlier handed a check to Dato’ Mukhriz for the amount of RM 845.00 (the amount of cash collected through the ’tissue box’) to be given to Peace Malaysia for the Pakistani disaster. Because Tun Dr. Mahathir put in money, the collection box ‘moved on’ and managed to collect few more hundred Ringgit that night alone.

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The last I met him was at Dato’ Mukhriz’s Hari Raya open house, last year. We took a picture with him and afterwards, Papa discussed with him on something I don’t understand. Papa also said later that night, he had a heart attack and was hospitalised.

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Papa said he was the Prime Minister of Malaysia for a long time, much earlier before I was born. When he retired, I was still in standard one and I don’t know anything. Now that I am older, my parents explained to me things and events that I missed. I read a lot about him in my Lat collection and its funny. What I can remember about him was he is very friendly to me, even though I am a small child.

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4 09 2007
SK

Good that young Malaysians like you at least trying to understand Tun Mahathir’s history.

Don’t worry, Tun will be fine. 😉

4 09 2007
Never Ending Parasitest

Very nice that you have oppotunity to rub shoulder with Tun, Iban kids like me from Kapit Sarawak do not have such oppotunity. I heard Tun was a great Bapa modernization for Malaysia which I think many people are happy.

4 09 2007
aunty maria

Dear Aishah

You lucky girl! Not many young girls your age have the opportunity to meet Tun, our beloved former PM.

We wish him well, pray the operation will be successfull & a speedy recovery.

Insya Allah.

4 09 2007
elviza

Dear Aishah,

Oh you so lucky you… kecik2 dah dapat jumpa Tun. I first met him when I was 21!

Lets pray for his speedy recovery. Don’t worry though, he’s a tough bird

4 09 2007
rockybru

jangan lupa doakan keselamatan mantan perdana menteri kita, tau. ajak kawan2 sekali …

4 09 2007
ronin9th

Dear Aishah,

Indeed Tun Dr. Mahathir a charismatic leader and a grate statesman. You are very lucky to have met him in person at such young age and have the courage to speak to him. I’ve seen a 29 year old that claimed he will take a bullet for Tun but don’t have the guts to talk to him. In the end we do all the talking and that poor fella do all the nodding… 😀

5 09 2007
kerp

yes aishah, you are just so lucky to have met ‘The Great Man’. how i envy you. it is my life-long dream to meet him and to shake his hand. hopefully soon, insyaAllah.

Dr M is modern Malaysia’s hero. but to most, he is just simply our ‘Father’. remember him, Aishah. he has contributed enormously for Malaysia to be where it is today.

5 09 2007
hanumankeraputih

Memang untung kanak kanak ini. Diberikan peluang untuk berdamping seorang pemimpin unggul dan kini negarawan terbilang global.

13 09 2007
awoen

dear ..

im proud wth u.. and when i read this ur “memeories”,,.. its remain me when i was form 3…im really admire wth our Tun M.. he’s the real world’s idol…

2 10 2007
Bugs Tan

Well done Aisha,

It’s good of you to write about Tun. This will spur other young children to know more about our leaders.

Uncle Bugs

30 10 2007
nono

Dear Aishah.

See, someone from Sarawak commented how lucky you are to have the oppurtunity to meet our hero, Tun Mahathir. Yes you are so lucky sweet.

I hope I’ll have the oppurtunity too.
God bless.

-Kak Farahshila-

I hope you will get that opportunity Kak Farah!

2 12 2007
gary

Yes,indeed you are very lucky and smart kid.Our ex-PM is really a legendary person.He contributes to our country a lots till i cant remember and need to check from internet websites..hehe..Ah, 1 thing easily for rememberance is Petronas Twin Tower..haha 🙂

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