I was on my way to Kuching on Malaysia Airlines. While waiting for the flight to take off, I took a MAS magazine and began to flip from page to page. I saw an article; an interview session with our Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad. He was born on 10 July 1925. The oldest and longest Prime Minister serves for Malaysia.

Brief history:
4th Prime Minister: July 1981 – October 2003 (22 years, 107 days)
7th Prime Minister: May 2018 – Current (1 year, 138 days)
(until today’s date 26.09.2019)

Among the many questions had been asked, there was one particular question caught my attention.

Interviewer: What is your secret to keeping your mind sharp?

“I still read books. I read storybooks. I read something every day. Of course, I read my papers too. When you read, the words that are there get recalled all the time and that is how you remember. It’s like seeing somebody frequently and seeing that person once three or four years. Sometimes, you can’t remember his name or recognize him.”

-Dr Mahathir.

So many things are great about Dr Mahathir. I am not a fan of politics, so I do not want to talk about that. Politics is not my favourite subject. Before he joins politics, he was a medical doctor. He was the town’s first Malay doctor, and a successful one. One thing I admire the most about him is his passion for reading books. He is the nation’s reading icon as he is a voracious reader. When people asked him about the number of books he had read so far, he told them he had lost count.

I am not an avid reader. But I try to read one or two books every month. Since I am an art enthusiast, I spend less amount of time to read a book, but more to draw and paint a picture. Either you are reading or practising art, both activities will help to improve connections in the brain to strengthen brain resilience, and subsequently prevent memory loss.

Β©Cha Niki. 2019