ALOR STAR, Oct 9 (Bernama) — Mahathir Mohamad, an orphan whose parents died in the earthquake that hit Pulau Nias in Indonesia two years ago, today began a new life at the AlBukhary Orphanage here.

He arrived from Medan with Panti Asuhan Al-Wasliyah orphanage principal Juharman Hairefa to join 50 other orphans at the AlBukhary orphanage.

Mahathir, who will be studying in Malaysia under the AlBukhary Foundation sponsorship until the age of 18, said his ambition was to become a doctor like former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

“I want to become a doctor, InsyaAllah (God Willing), I will also be known as Dr Mahathir,” he said.

He, however, could not hide his sadness as this would be the first time he would celebrating Hari Raya away from his homeland and would be missing his friends dearly in Nias.

Mahathir became an orphan when his parents perished in the earthquake on March 29, 2005. He was sent to the Panti Asuhan Al-Wasliyah Orphanage in Gunung Sitoli when he was a baby.

He was named Mahathir by his foster parents who was deeply impressed with Dr Mahathir’s leadership.

His wish to meet Dr Mahathir came true on April 15, 2005.

Source: Bernama website, 10 October 2007

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