Mahathir, Siti Hasmah stroll down memory lane at alma mater

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SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his wife Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali took a stroll down memory lane today, returning to their alma mater, the King Edward VII College of Medicine, which is now part of the National University of Singapore.

Upon their arrival, Mahathir, who graduated in the class of 1953, was received by Singapore’s Health Minister Gan Kim Yong.

He and Siti Hasmah took a 30-minute stroll around the college, which houses the health ministry, Singapore Medical Council and College of Family Physicians.

At their former lecture hall which has since been turned into an auditorium, Siti Hasmah was asked if her attention was on the lectures or Mahathir, whom she first met while studying at the college.

“Both,” she replied.

They later visited the college’s alumni room where they shared some light moments with the members and seven of Mahathir’s former classmates.

However, Mahathir said he would be unable to attend the alumni dinner this year due to prior engagements.

“I will be away in Papua New Guinea (for the Apec meeting) but I hope you all have a good time celebrating and getting together,” he said, adding that he hoped he would be able to attend the next alumni dinner.

“I said I hope to because when you are 94 years old, you are not too sure about the future,” he said.