Monday, 2 February 2015


I can scarcely believe it that Dr Mahathir
will be 90 years old later this year!
What is his secret of youth?

Guess who attended last weekend's Singapore Symphony Orchestra concert at the Esplanade? None other than Malaysia's former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. He and his missus were in Singapore to cheer on Malaysia's top young musical talent, 16-year-old Tengku Irfan who performed Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.3 with the SSO directed by Darrell Ang.

Dr Mahathir and yours truly are alumni of the same university and same faculty albeit some forty years apart. He studied at the King Edward VII School of Medicine in Singapore (then part of the University of Malaya), graduating in 1949. This school is now the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine of the National University of Singapore. During his days here, he also wrote articles for The Straits Times under the nom de plume Che Det. Although retired from politics, he continues to write (comment and criticise) about a range of issues in his blog (    

The good doctor's autograph.
Tengku Irfan and his father Tengku Dr Shahrizal.
We go all the way back to the The Joy of Music Festival
in Hong Kong 2009, when Irfan performed for Gary Graffman.
Irfan with SSO Co-Leader Lynnette Seah
and former Principal Violist Jiri Here.
Pianist and conductor.
Irfan and Singaporean pianist Li Chu Ren
met at the Aspen Music Festival.

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