PETALING JAYA: A Facebook post revealing Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali’s concern for her husband and former prime minister, Dr Mahathir Mohamad, has captured the hearts of netizens.
The post, uploaded by Adam Mukhriz Mohd Muhayeddin, tells of his exchange with Siti Hasmah during Saturday’s Bersih 5 rally, while the 91-year-old statesman was addressing the crowd at the KLCC.
Adam said that Siti Hasmah was sitting far from Mahathir when he was giving his speech and that a few times during the speech Mahathir had coughed.
“She heard him cough, got up and told me that she wants to sit near him as she was concerned, but we couldn’t move anywhere because of the crowd.”
Then, when it looked like it was going to rain, Adam said he gave a disposable rain coat to Siti Hasmah, who instead said: “You should give this to him (Mahathir), not me.”
Adam said he told Siti Hasmah not to worry as others had given Mahathir a rain coat.
In the FB post, Adam also wrote that when it rained, Siti Hasmah said: “Adam, I worry about my husband, he cannot get drenched in the rain.”
“I can see she is everything to Mahathir. It is difficult to find a wife like that.
“May Allah bless Mahathir and Siti Hasmah. They have sacrificed so much for us. They put the country above themselves,” he said in the post which has garnered 4,200 likes and over 530 shares.
In another post, Adam said he understood why Siti Hasmah was worried because he was informed later by a bodyguard to Mahathir’s son, Muhkhriz, that Mahathir was tired and had held on to him for support.
“Mahathir could be sitting at home, enjoying life with his family, but he feels guilty if he keeps quiet.
“So to him, as long as he can, he wants to give back to the people.”
On Saturday, tens of thousands of people took part in the Bersih 5 rally which was originally meant to gather at Dataran Merdeka, but later moved to KLCC after the police blocked all access roads into Dataran Merdeka.
The peaceful rally organised by the Bersih 2.0 electoral reform group was also supported by various federal opposition parties. – FMT