At the age of 94, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is the oldest state leader in the world. Meanwhile, his wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah is just a year younger (93 years old).
Like her husband, age is just a number to Siti as she is active in doing her part as the “First Lady of Malaysia”.
Earlier this month, she accompanied Tun Mahathir during his three-day working visit to Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Apart from accompanying her husband in bilateral visits, she is also active in advocating child health, women’s health, drug abuse control and etc.
She was the honorary guest during the 20th anniversary celebration of Ronald McDonald House at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). Then, she hoped to see more companies to provide affordable accommodation for families of hospital patients to ease their burdens.
Besides, she was also awarded the title of “Ibu Negara” (loosely translated to mother of the nation) by Asian Strategy and Leadership Institution (ASLI) on August 22.
ASLI chairman Tan Sri Jeffrey Cheah said that Siti was awarded the title not only for her role in breaking the barriers of the local health industry, but also as an icon who inspires Malaysians to celebrate their diversity.
Siti Hasmah is one of the first Malay woman doctors in the country. She graduated as a medical doctor from Universiti Malaya (UM) in 1955.