Najib asks Malaysian embassy in Istanbul to assist hospitalised PAS president

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) -Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak instructed the Malaysian embassy in Istanbul to provide the necessary support for Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) president Hadi Awang, who was hospitalised on Friday over breathing difficulties.

"I was informed that DS (Datuk Seri) Hadi Awang was warded in Istanbul Hospital. I have called the embassy this morning to ensure that he receives the necessary support," Mr Najib tweeted on Saturday.

Mr Hadi was rushed to the hospital after complaining of breathing difficulties while on a official trip to Turkey. PAS is one of the three alliance parties which makes up Malaysia's opposition Pakatan Rakyat coalition.

PAS information chief Mahfuz Omar told the party newsportal Harakahdaily that the 66-year-old Marang MP was now under the observation of specialists.

"We are praying for his fast recovery so he can return to Malaysia and continue leading the party," he said.

PAS Youth deputy chief Khalil Abdul Hadi, who is Mr Hadi's son, was also quoted saying that Mr Hadi was in stable condition.

"He is now recuperating," he said.