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    Mahathir says will focus on writing after poll defeat

    KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) – Malaysia’s nonagenarian former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, one of the world’s longest-serving politicians, said yesterday he will focus on writing after he suffered his first electoral defeat in more than half a century.

    The 97-year-old statesman came fourth in a five-way fight for his long-held constituency on the resort island Langkawi in Saturday’s election.

    Commenting for the first time since his defeat, Mahathir accepted his loss but did not say whether he would quit politics.

    For the moment, he said he would write about the country’s history.

    “Many events that happened in the country have not yet been recorded, including what happened during British rule,” he wrote on his Facebook page.

    During his first year in power in 1981, Mahathir restricted the entry of British imports and contracts in a policy known as “Buy British Last” over certain “aggravations” by the former colonisers.

    However, he also mourned the recent death of Queen Elizabeth II, saying “she was a good example of a constitutional monarch”.

    A maverick known for his acerbic language and anti-Western tirades, Mahathir is a prolific writer with a blog and numerous book titles to his name.

    Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad. PHOTO: AFP
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