‘Drive care­fully, don’t overeat’

New Straits Times - - NEWS / NATION -

KUALA LUMPUR: See­ing the lighter side of politi­cians is al­ways wel­comed by the pub­lic.

Such is the case with 92-yearold Prime Min­is­ter Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad. In a Hari Raya video on YouTube yes­ter­day, Dr Ma­hathir an­swered light ques­tions be­fore giv­ing ad­vice on healthy life­style and driv­ing home for the fes­tiv­i­ties.

“To­mor­row (to­day) we will cel­e­brate Hari Raya Aidil­fitri. On this last day (of Ra­madan), I still have a tonne of work to do. I have to work un­til even­ing. I can’t rest.

“To those of you on your way back to your home­towns, re­mem­ber that your fam­ily is wait­ing for you, don’t dis­ap­point them by get­ting in­volved in an ac­ci­dent.”

He re­minded driv­ers not to rush just to ar­rive home a few min­utes ear­lier be­cause that might re­sult in an ac­ci­dent.

On food in­take, he told peo­ple not to overeat.

“Eat in mod­er­a­tion. Maybe a lit­tle more than nor­mal, but don’t be greedy.”

Dr Ma­hathir said his favourite raya cookie was kuih mak­mur, but was quick to add “ku­rang gula” (less sugar). He said he liked blue baju Me­layu and en­joyed the late Datuk Sudirman Ar­shad’s Raya songs.

On his most mem­o­rable Raya, Dr Ma­hathir re­called the one time when all of his fam­ily mem­bers gath­ered to­gether.

“Every­one was there. Some­times some can­not make it, so it is not so joy­ful. But this one year, all of us gath­ered and took a group photo.”

Dr Ma­hathir also in­vited every­one to his open house to­day.

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