"I am lucky I survived this long. Actually, I should not be around to watch what happened with my predecessors (former prime ministers Najib Razak and Abdullah Badawi) but I am lucky in the sense that I am not only older, but still able to function. But I realise that I am very old, and very soon I will weaken and I will die. So I am always in a hurry. Other people seem to take things easy, but I am in a hurry because I realise I don't have much time to do the things that I feel need to be done in this country," he told Focus Malaysia business magazine in an interview
In the interview, Dr. Mahathir also denied plans to reshuffle his Cabinet, although he admitted that it is a huge challenge working with inexperienced ministers.
He added that he must continue to work together with his handpicked ministers, some of whom have shown promise.
"If I go around discharging and replacing them, it is not going to help. I have to try and, well, work with them so that they acquire experience, and believe me, some of them have done quite well," he said.