Panjang umur CheDet sudah menjangkau ke usia 84 tahun. Kebanyakan yang sebaya atau lebih muda darinya telah meninggalkan alam fana. Mungkin berkat doa Allahyarham Ustaz Fadhil Noor dan dengan izin Allah Taala maka usianya panjang.
KUALA LUMPUR, July 8 — Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Malaysia’s feisty and combative fourth prime minister, is celebrating his 84th birthday two days early in a 1,000-person dinner party here tonight, hosted by tycoon Tan Sri Vincent Tan at the Berjaya Times Square Hotel ballroom.
Among those who confirmed their attendance at the dinner, themed “A tribute to a Legendary Icon and Outstanding Statesman”, were Kelantan Mentri Besar Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat and ministers who were in the cabinet of the country's longest serving prime minister.
Official records put Dr Mahathir’s birthday as December 20, 1925 but he claimed after stepping down from office that it was actually July 10, 1925. He was prime minister from July 16, 1981 until retiring on October 31, 2003.