KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad today joked that his heart attack in 2006 had led to better medical facilities in the country.
“I would like to claim that my heart was responsible for this.
“Since my heart attack, facilities have improved to the point where they are now world class,” he said at the official launch of the Cardiac Vascular Sentral Kuala Lumpur (CVSKL) hospital here.
Also present were Economic Affairs Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali and Johor Menteri Besar Osman Sapian.
Mahathir, who is 93, suffered a mild heart attack in 2006. He has also undergone two bypass surgeries, once in 1989 and again in 2007.
The RM270 million CVSKL, which opened its doors in November last year, was set up by Dr Yahya Awang, one of the pioneer surgeons who helped establish the National Heart Institute or Institut Jantung Negara (IJN) in 1992.
Yahya is also the hospital’s chairman.
Mahathir said the CVSKL was a fantastic idea as it would be able to draw more visitors seeking medical treatment to the country.
“This will help us solve our financial problems,” he added, expressing hope that the hospital would help make Malaysia a hub for medical tourism.