'Give Anwar due medical care or face malpractice complaint'

Modified 15 Sep 2015, 6:01 am

The family of imprisoned PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim insists that he needs urgent surgery on his shoulder, despite findings otherwise by the Health Ministry.

As such, his daughter Nurul Izzah Anwar said the family will file a complaint against the Health Ministry’s Dr Jeyaindran Sinnadurai with the Malaysian Medical Council if he is not allowed the necessary care.

Nurul Izzah said Anwar ( photo ) during the family visit to Sungai Buloh Prison yesterday said urgent surgery is needed since the pain he felt in one shoulder in March, has spread to both shoulders.

This cannot be treated with daily physiotherapy and analgesics as recommended by Dr Jeyaindran since the facilities are not available in prison, she said.

“It bears reminding that such recommendations, such as physiotherapy, not only was not implemented daily , but only took place once a month!

“Worse, actual sessions did not even cover proper and holistic physiotherapy - considering the lack of facilities in prison […]

“If this persists, we will take all necessary actions to protect our father's medical rights,” Nurul Izzah, who is also Lembah Pantai MP said.

Citing specialists who met with Anwar, she said her father needs either microsurgery or shoulder replacement surgery.

Might be elements of bias

Nurul Izzah also hinted that there might be elements of bias in the Health Ministry's refusal to treat Anwar.

"It must be noted that Jeyaindran was the physician who coordinated Anwar's medical needs during his earlier imprisonment between 1999-2004.

"He was also the then attorney-general's main prosecution witness against Anwar in the Sodomy 2 trial, and the personal physician of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak," she said.

Anwar is currently serving a five-year jail sentence after being found guilty of sodomising his former aide Saiful Bukhari Azlan ( photo ).

He had been hospitalised in the Kuala Lumpur hospital for several days in early July before being transferred back to Sungai Buloh.

Nurul Izzah is reported to have left for the United States last night in an attempt to get Washington DC to pressure Putrajaya into giving Anwar treatment.

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