Mahathir recast as Malaysia's saviour

Mahathir recast as Malaysia's saviour

92-year-old says he felt obliged to return to right nation's wrongs as 1MDB and other scandals weigh on public

Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who was set to become the world's oldest prime minister after his opposition party was declared the winner of Malaysia's general election Thursday, speaks at the Bangkok Post Forum 2017 Asean @50 at at CentralWorld last November.  Patipat Janthong
Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who was set to become the world's oldest prime minister after his opposition party was declared the winner of Malaysia's general election Thursday, speaks at the Bangkok Post Forum 2017 Asean @50 at at CentralWorld last November.  Patipat Janthong

At the ripe old age of 92, Mahathir Mohamad has come out of retirement and is now set to become the world's oldest elected leader and the seventh prime minister of Malaysia after pulling off a surprise victory over his former apprentice Najib Razak on Wednesday.

It will be Dr Mahathir's second stint as premier after holding the role for over two decades from 1981 to 2003, during which time he also served as minister of finance and minister of defence for several years.

But how did he manage to make a comeback at such an advanced age? How are the mental gears still turning at such speed? How does he maintain his physical health and stay abreast of global events to lead an Asian powerhouse just eight years shy of his centennial birthday?

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