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Close Up Couple Spotlight: Tender Moments Of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad & Tun Dr Siti Hasmah

Couple Spotlight: Tender Moments Of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad & Tun Dr Siti Hasmah

Couple Spotlight: Tender Moments Of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad & Tun Dr Siti Hasmah
By Jessica Liew
By Jessica Liew
August 30, 2018

As individuals, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali are uniquely intriguing: he, as the twice-nominated prime minister of Malaysia, and she, the witty and faithful supporter of the nation’s leading man. As a couple, their fondness for each other is palpable even more after 60-odd years of marriage. Age knows no bounds for their public displays of affection, playful banter and the emotional bond established in those years of building a family and a country simultaneously. Through thick and thin, and in sickness and health, Tun Dr Mahathir and Tun Dr Siti Hasmah have stood by each other year after year, and we’ve got the photos to prove that. For a dose of evergreen couple goals, look no further than the oldest ‘first couple’ of Malaysia, who proves that love indeed gets finer with age.

Photo: Malaysia Tatler November 2005
Photo: Malaysia Tatler November 2005

Tun Dr Mahathir and Tun Dr Siti Hasmah met in 1947, as students at King Edward Medical College, Singapore. It was no 'love at first sight' for the two – rather, their studies brought them together.

Photo: Malaysia Tatler November 2005
Photo: Malaysia Tatler November 2005

Where other male students showered their attention for Tun Dr Siti with chivalrous gestures, Tun Dr Mahathir won her heart as a study buddy. The top student offered his guidance in subjects Tun Siti needed to pass her exams – which she did, with flying colours.

Photo: Malaysia Tatler November 2005
Photo: Malaysia Tatler November 2005

The couple got married in 1956, 4 years after Tun Dr Mahathir graduated and a year after Tun Dr Siti Hasmah completed her education.

Photo: The Mahathir family (Photo: Malaysia Tatler 2016)
Photo: The Mahathir family (Photo: Malaysia Tatler 2016)

In 1957, the couple welcomed their firstborn, Datin Paduka Marina, followed by Mirzan, Tan Sri Mokhzani and Datuk Seri Mukhriz. In 1960, they adopted Melinda, and 2 more children in 1983, Mazhar and Maizura.

See also: Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir Tells Women To Go Out There And Travel, Safely And Smartly

Photo: Malaysia Tatler November 2005
Photo: Malaysia Tatler November 2005

Their love for children is a telling sign of their nurturing qualities, the foundation of their roles as ‘parents’ of Malaysia. 

Photo: Malaysia Tatler November 2005
Photo: Malaysia Tatler November 2005

Career commitments and national responsibilities drew the couple closer, in many ways. As the Prime Minister’s wife, Tun Siti Hasmah thrived in the opportunities and privileges that included travelling, meeting a diverse group of people, and serving in welfare organisations.

(Photo: Malaysia Tatler 2016)
(Photo: Malaysia Tatler 2016)

“The key to a good husband and wife relationship is love and fresh air,” Tun Dr Siti Hasmah professed to us in 2016. “Love and trust is very important.”

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Tun Dr Siti Hasmah and Tun Dr Mahathir receiving the Malaysia Tatler Lifetime Achievement Award 2005
Tun Dr Siti Hasmah and Tun Dr Mahathir receiving the Malaysia Tatler Lifetime Achievement Award 2005

In 2005, the power couple put on their best black tie attire and graced us with their presence at the Malaysia Tatler Ball. Tun Mahathir had retired in October 2003 after serving as Prime Minister for 22 years.

Tun Dr Mahathir dancing with daughter, Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir (Photo: Malaysia Tatler October 2005)
Tun Dr Mahathir dancing with daughter, Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir (Photo: Malaysia Tatler October 2005)

Dancing should be in the books for every great politician. At the party, Tun Dr Mahathir granted the audience an eyeful of his groovy moves, partnering up with daughter Datin Paduka Marina for a first dance.

(Photo: Malaysia Tatler October 2005)
(Photo: Malaysia Tatler October 2005)

Not one to be left out, Tun Dr Siti, proved a competitive counterpart, cranking up her own moves on the dance floor.

(Photo: Malaysia Tatler October 2005)
(Photo: Malaysia Tatler October 2005)

At the 2005 ball, Malaysia Tatler was honoured to present Tun Dr Mahathir with the Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his unwavering dedication to the country.

(Photo: Malaysia Tatler October 2005)
(Photo: Malaysia Tatler October 2005)

He even brought his classic sense of humour to the function, bemusing guests as he jostled in to admire the gigantic annual centerpiece cake. 

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Photo: Courtesy of @mukhrizmahathir/ Instagram
Photo: Courtesy of @mukhrizmahathir/ Instagram

Turning a ripe old age of 90 in July 2015, Tun Mahathir had surely seen a fair share of birthday cakes but today was much more special. The close knit family chose to mark his milestone birthday with Tun Siti Hasmah’s 89th birthday and their grandchild Mia’s 7th birthday.

Photo: Courtesy of @mukhrizmahathir/ Instagram
Photo: Courtesy of @mukhrizmahathir/ Instagram

 It’s not playing with your food when the end game is to feed each other sticky rice, in this continuation of Tun Mahathir's 90th birthday celebration.

(Photo: Malaysia Tatler 2016)
(Photo: Malaysia Tatler 2016)

In March 2016, the couple couldn’t be more proud witnessing the conferring of the Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur (Knight in the Legion of Honour) to their firstborn, Datin Paduka Marina.

See also: Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir Conferred France's Highest Distinction
 

(Photo: Tara Sosrowardoyo)
(Photo: Tara Sosrowardoyo)

As Tun Dr Mahathir and Tun Dr Siti Hasmah grow older, it gets harder for them to sit still for the cameras before someone cracks a joke and produces the cutest Kodak moments. Case in point, this 2016 photoshoot.

(Photo: Malaysia Tatler 2016)
(Photo: Malaysia Tatler 2016)

Tun Dr Siti Hasmah took a far different approach for her 90th birthday celebration, but with family and Tun Dr Mahathir by her side, of course. The occasion marked also marked the launch of her book ‘My Name Hasmah’.

(Photo: Malaysia Tatler 2016)
(Photo: Malaysia Tatler 2016)

After 90 years as a mother and grandmother, it’s only apt for Tun Dr Siti Hasmah to receive her doting family’s heart-filled dedications through performances and speeches in this intimate but grand birthday party.

Photo: Courtesy of@chedetofficial / Instagram
Photo: Courtesy of@chedetofficial / Instagram

While on a work trip to Tunis, Tun Dr Mahathir had a go at his selfie skills, with a vantage point of his eternal sweetheart as she soaked up sunshine and fresh air.

Photo: Courtesy of @mukhrizmahathir/ Instagram
Photo: Courtesy of @mukhrizmahathir/ Instagram

Despite being hospitalised with heart problems earlier in 2018, Tun Dr Mahathir was a ruthless political 'comeback kid'. With the steadfast presence of his 'wingwoman', he bounced back to health in no time. 

See also: 4 Inspiring Examples Of True Leadership From Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad

Photo: Courtesy of @chedetofficial / Instagram
Photo: Courtesy of @chedetofficial / Instagram

This is what winning the race looks like: With his no 1 fan by his side, loyally providing her moral support well into their golden years.

Photo: Courtesy of @chedetofficial / Instagram
Photo: Courtesy of @chedetofficial / Instagram

If you thought couple matchy-matchy outfits were cheesy, let their red outfits make it cool all over again.

Photo: Courtesy of @chedetofficial / Instagram
Photo: Courtesy of @chedetofficial / Instagram

Behind every leader, is a life partner who can't wait to share a great joke. Tun Dr Siti Hasmah is a riot and Tun Dr Mahathir indulges her by playing along.

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Photo: Courtesy of @allymukhriz/ Instagram
Photo: Courtesy of @allymukhriz/ Instagram

2 months as Malaysia's second Prime Minister, many sleepless nights, and the holy month of Ramadan later, these 2 couldn’t wait to kick back and celebrate the Raya season with their brood.

 

Photo: Courtesy of @chedetofficial / Instagram
Photo: Courtesy of @chedetofficial / Instagram

It’s back to business with the 14th parliamentary sitting led by Tun Dr Mahathir's Pakatan Harapan. The pair marked the occasion in full regalia and serene smiles.

Photo: Courtesy of @chedetofficial / Instagram
Photo: Courtesy of @chedetofficial / Instagram

The golden couple's love is just one aspect of Merdeka: Let their spirit of unity and love for each other set an example of love and respect within the nation.

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