Pulled out of retirement, Dr M now settles for reading books instead of writing them

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“When I retired in 2003, I thought I would never come back again. I wanted to rest, maybe write books.'

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 1 — Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad by his own confession loves to work, but keeps his memory sharp and relaxes by reading — sometimes two books at one time.

“When you read, the words that are there get recalled all the time and that’s how you remember. It’s like seeing somebody frequently and seeing that person once every three or four years. “When I retired in 2003, I thought I would never come back again. I wanted to rest, maybe write books. But one week after I stepped down, the new government reneged on what they promised to do. They had promised during our Cabinet meetings that they will continue with the railway project, the bridge to Singapore and other things.

Giving his nod of approval for the quality of “honesty”, Dr Mahathir said any movies made about him should be truthful, noting: “Tell the truth. Don’t embellish it or say, oh, he’s a great man. Tell the truth.” As for the priciest item he had purchased for himself, Dr Mahathir said it was a “huge American car” under US automobile maker General Motors’ now-defunct Pontiac brand bought when he was practising medicine, noting: “In those days, it only cost RM12,000. It was a six-seater and the front seat was a bench that can seat three people.”

 

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