KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, 81, was admitted to a hospital Thursday in Kuala Lumpur after reportedly suffering a mild heart attack.
The national news agency Bernama reported that Mahathir was put under mild sedation at the National Heart Institute for chest pains. His son Datuk Mokhzani said he was resting and was not seeing any visitors.
Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was among those who visited the hospital and was briefed by doctors. Mahathir has been conducting a campaign accusing the Badawi government of economic mismanagement, corruption and nepotism.
"It was a mild heart attack. The doctors said it only affected the left side of his heart ... he is now on medication. There is no plan to do anything invasive. There is no stroke, no nothing," Mokhzani said. Mahathir had a coronary artery bypass surgery in 1989.
Mahathir stepped down from power in 2003 after being a leader for 22 years. Despite his age, he continues to be a powerful voice in the ruling United Malays National Organization.