It is difficult to imagine this legendary man of his stature falling ill and requiring surgery, but there you go.

KUALA LUMPUR: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will be in good hands when he undergoes his second coronary bypass today.

The team will be headed by Tan Sri Dr Yahya Awang, the cardiothoracic surgeon responsible for performing the first cardiac coronary bypass on the former prime minister in 1989.

An expert from the US, Professor Dr Hartzell V. Schaff, has also been flown in to be part of the surgical team at the National Heart Institute (IJN).

Dr Mahathir, 81, was admitted to the IJN on Sunday for the elective coronary bypass surgery. Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali was by her husband’s side. ( Story link )

We wish you all the best in your surgery today, and hope that you get all the rest you need, and that you recover swift and well.

On a side note, what would you say if, or have said when you meet the Tun face-to-face? For me, it was “I was born in the year you took power.” Yes, I knocked myself in the head for a long time after that…