AFTER captivating social media users with posts of their date night to watch Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali recounted the first time she watched the first instalment of the original trilogy, A New Hope, and how she brought the film to Malaysia.

The wife of former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the couple and their family were travelling in the United States in the 1980s when, while visiting a student in Houston, they caught the film.

“There, we were able to see Star Wars 1, the first one. And I thought it would be a good idea to organise this film to come to Malaysia as a fundraising event for Bakti (Welfare Association of Wives of Ministers and Deputy Ministers).

“At that time, I was president of Bakti,” she said in a video posted on Dr Mahathir’s Facebook account.

“It materialised and we brought in Star Wars 1, and it was the first premiere show for Star Wars 1.

“Everybody was looking forward to this new film, with all this technology, and it was really successful,”   she said in the short clip.

Dr Mahathir, now the chairman of the Pakatan Harapan opposition pact, had watched the latest Star Wars movie two nights ago at TGV Cinemas in KLCC. Photos of the couple seated in the cinema went viral on social media.

Their movie date came three days after Dr Mahathir had announced on Twitter that he wanted to go on a date with his wife, and sought opinions on which movie to see.

The casual announcement came the same day news broke that he and his wife were returning royal awards from Selangor.

Later, he said he returned the awards because he did not deserve them.

Dr Mahathir became the target of Selangor’s Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah’s unhappiness, first, over his remarks that allegedly insulted the Bugis community during a speech in Petaling Jaya in October, and then in an interview the ruler gave to The Star in which the sultan said the former prime minister had an inferiority complex and would “burn the country” with his anger.

The Selangor palace has confirmed the return of the awards and said they would be cancelled according to prescribed procedures.