Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has taken his first steps and started eating normal food almost a week after a heart bypass operation, hospital officials said today.
The National Heart Institute said in a statement that 82-year-old Mahathir remains in the intensive care ward but "continues to make steady progress".
Mahathir consumed a "full, normal breakfast" of roti canai - a crispy, flaky fried bread - and high-energy milk, the hospital said.
The hospital said the former prime minister had a shower and was taken on a gentle walk around the bed.Second heart surgery
Mahathir underwent the five-hour operation last week after suffering two heart attacks within a year. He previously had bypass surgery in 1989.
The former leader resigned in 2003 after 22 years in power, handing the reins over to the current prime minister, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
Despite retiring from office, Mahathir remains an influential figure and has become an outspoken critic of his successor, accusing him of economic mismanagement, nepotism and corruption.- AFP