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No special medical treatment for Najib, Khairy says

The health minister says Najib will be sent to Kajang Prison immediately after the specialists provide a medical release for him.

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Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin. Photo: Bernama
Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin. Photo: Bernama

The health ministry says there is no interference or special consideration in terms of the medical treatment accorded to former prime minister Najib Razak, who is currently being treated at the Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital (HRC).

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said his ministry conducts itself professionally in accordance with existing procedures and guidelines.

"This matter has been raised in court by the public prosecutor who sought to postpone proceedings so that Najib could seek hospital treatment, and he was then admitted to Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL) and underwent a series of treatments and tests.

"Now, Najib has been transferred and referred to HRC for treatment and further observation following his health complaints.

"We have done this so that there is no dispute from any party, from his family or Najib himself, that no treatment was accorded to him. We have prepared every treatment needed and every test requested," he told reporters in Putrajaya yesterday.

Khairy said after Najib was referred to HKL, he was given training on how to do self-rehabilitation treatment.

He added that medical specialists would hold a family conference with Najib and his family members soon to inform them of Najib's latest health situation and treatment plan.

"I understand that after the family conference, Najib will be sent to Kajang Prison immediately after the medical specialists provide a medical release for him.

"Right now, they are preparing the medical record to share with the family during the family conference. So it won’t be long – once you prepare the medical record, it means that the specialists are satisfied and Najib can go back (to Kajang Prison)," he said.

He added that detailed information regarding the health of a patient, including inmates, could be submitted to the court if so ordered.

The prison department had earlier confirmed that Najib was undergoing treatment and further observation at HRC.

It said that HKL had referred Najib to HRC on Monday, and that on Sept 12, the Kuala Lumpur High Court had instructed that Najib be sent to hospital to undergo a medical check-up after being informed that his health was not satisfactory.
Najib began serving a 12-year jail sentence in Kajang Prison on Aug 23 after the Federal Court upheld his conviction and sentence in relation to the SRC International corruption case.

Najib, 69, also faces four charges of using his position to obtain bribes of RM2.3 billion from 1MDB funds and 21 money laundering charges involving the same amount.

On whether the health ministry had taken action against the medical officer at HKL who allegedly exposed Najib’s health information on social media, Khairy said further investigations were being conducted by the hospital director.

"Everyone in the ministry must adhere to the patient confidentiality ethics under the Medical Act 1971. In this case, I have instructed the hospital director to investigate. Disciplinary action will be taken should any breach in conduct be found," he added.

Khairy said the investigation was needed to ensure that the social media account was owned by the medical officer and that the post in question was made by him.