Malaysian PM Najib visits opposition chief at heart centre

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak at the bedside of PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang at the National Heart Institute in Kuala Lumpur yesterday after visiting his former information officer, Datuk Nasir Safar.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak at the bedside of PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang at the National Heart Institute in Kuala Lumpur yesterday after visiting his former information officer, Datuk Nasir Safar.PHOTO: PM NAJIB RAZAK/TWITTER

PETALING JAYA • Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak visited Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) president Abdul Hadi Awang at the National Heart Institute (IJN) yesterday.

Datuk Seri Najib had earlier gone to Kuala Lumpur Hospital for a follow-up treatment after removing a small benign growth on his right hand on Saturday. He then went to the nearby IJN to visit his former information officer Nasir Safar and opposition chief Hadi Awang.

An image shared on the Malaysian Prime Minister's Office Twitter account showed Mr Najib at the bedside of Datuk Seri Hadi Awang.

"I was informed that Datuk Seri Hadi Awang was also in IJN and dropped by to visit him. I pray that Allah grants him the best of health," Mr Najib tweeted.

In June last year, Mr Hadi Awang, 68, had been admitted to a hospital in Turkey for heart problems. Mr Najib visited him on his return.

Meanwhile, Malaysian newspaper The Star also reported that many Singaporeans followed Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's example on Facebook in wishing Mr Najib a speedy recovery.

On Saturday, Mr Lee had posted on Facebook: "PM Najib Razak had a minor surgery today to remove a small benign growth on his right hand. Glad to hear that it went well and was successful. Wishing him a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him soon. LHL."

The post received close to 5,000 likes and was shared more than 200 times.

Several Singaporeans chipped in with their get-well wishes and praised Mr Najib's warmth towards Singapore.

Facebook user Janarie Donald wrote: "Dear PM Hsien Loong, yes wishing him a speedy recovery. He is one of the friendliest person(s) in Malaysia to Singapore."

Another user Yi Feng Niang said: "PM Najib is good to SG but going through tough times, poor man. Hope 2016 would be a better year for him and Malaysians!"

THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 13, 2016, with the headline 'Malaysian PM Najib visits opposition chief at heart centre'. Print Edition | Subscribe