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Mahathir steps down as Petronas adviser on doctor's orders
Publication Date : 03-12-2013
Former Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has announced that he has stepped down as Petronas adviser.
Mahathir said Monday that he had relinquished the post from the national oil and gas company effective December 1, as he had been advised by his doctor to "slow down".
Mahathir said he had written to Najib Tun Razak to inform the prime minister of his intention.
"I have been with Petronas for 10 years, I feel that Petronas has performed well and made huge profit.
"I hope Petronas will continue to play its role in nurturing young entrepreneurs," he told reporters after hosting a luncheon for United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) International Forum 2013 participants here Monday.
Mahathir was discharged from the National Heart Institute on November 25 after being admitted on November 16 for a chest infection.
In 2003, Mahathir Mohammad was appointed advisor to Petronas.
Even before accepting an advisory position, the former premier was already contributing ideas to improve Petronas' operations and was personally responsible for Petronas' expansion overseas.
On whether he will also resign as Proton Holdings Bhd adviser, Mahathir said he was not thinking about it yet.