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Mahathir joking at hospital: Family

Former Malaysian prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s health showed improvement on Tuesday, said daughter Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir.

Marina said the former prime minister’s appetite has increased and he was able to joke with family members by his side at the National Heart Institute (IJN), Malay Mail reports.

“Tun Dr Mahathir and his family were moved by and thank everyone who prayed for his speedy recovery.

“He also appealed to the public not to be too worried about his health condition,” she said in a statement today.

Marina also said that her father will continue receiving treatment at IJN under the supervision of local experts.

“For now, the IJN still does not allow visitors other than the immediate family,” she said.

Dr Mahathir has been in IJN since last Thursday as a follow-up treatment to an elective procedure he underwent on January 8.