5 fascinating takeways from Neelofa’s interview with Dr M

Well-liked TV host-entrepreneur Neelofa is making probably the most out of the motion management order (MCO), kickstarting an internet interview section.

Referred to as #BerseoranganBersama, the interviews are held through Instagram Stay with influential native personalities like Nora Danish, Datuk Seri Siti Nurhaliza in addition to Indonesian singer Rossa.

On March 26, the 31-year-old caught up with former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Here is 5 fascinating issues we discovered from Neelofa’s 30-minute chat with Dr M.

1. Dr M is rather like us

Being a public determine of any kind means having loads of eyeballs on you on a regular basis, what extra a two-time prime minister. Neelofa asks what’s one factor he wished he might do if he was identical to one among us:

” Once I was first made deputy prime minister, there have been officers who advised me to not exit to buy anymore. They advised me they may deliver issues over to my home and I’ll select them. I advised them no. I wish to reside like an abnormal man. That is who I’m. I like having neighbours and being pleasant with everybody.

“So I love to do abnormal issues. I purchase my groceries on the grocery store or drink espresso from a roadside stall. That is how I grew up, and that is how I all the time need it to be.”

2. One of the best recommendation he bought got here from his mom

“She mentioned, ‘in case you go anyplace, don’t remain too lengthy as a result of individuals have work to do, and it’s possible you’ll be bothering them.’ In different phrases, do not overstay your welcome.

“So once I was a first-rate minister for 21 years, I assumed I ought to observe my mum’s recommendation – I ought to depart so individuals do not get tired of me.”

3. He’s presently studying up on Asian historical past

“I used to learn rather a lot on European historical past. Now I would prefer to learn up on Asian historical past. I am presently studying in regards to the Monggol empire.”

“If you wish to develop a studying behavior, begin with story books. Novels are very fascinating. A few of them it is onerous to even put down as a result of they’ve cliffhangers on the finish of each chapter.

“That is how I bought hooked on studying as a child. Once I bought a ebook as a present, I’d end it inside a day.

4. He hopes younger individuals will draw from the previous

“We’re a product of our surroundings. Once I was born 90 years in the past, it is not like how it’s now. Poverty was in all places. There weren’t many roles. Younger individuals immediately might imagine what we have now now’s one thing we have all the time had. However truly there’s been loads of development.

“Again then we solely have congkak as a type of leisure. Now we have now TV and cellphones. So it is a new surroundings. Now how does this new surroundings affect you?”

“In case you examine how issues have been again then, you possibly can examine the distinction your self, and ask your self what’s good or what’s dangerous for your self.”

5. Why he all the time carries a small pocket book round

“You may’t belief your reminiscence. All of us overlook simply. So no matter I see that is fascinating, I will observe it down. So this ebook accommodates all of the issues I’ve come throughout by means of my discussions with individuals or by means of my readings. It serves as a information.

“Once I was prime minister, I take advantage of the ebook to remind myself in regards to the issues I must say to my cupboard ministers and what they should do.”

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