Former Malaysian PM Najib currently hospitalised, will return to jail once discharged

Najib Razak was first reported to have been admitted to HKL on Sept 4 for what an aide described as routine medical checks. PHOTO: AFP

PETALING JAYA - Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak has been admitted to the Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital for further treatment and monitoring of his health, said the Prisons Department.

The department said Najib was sent for a medical check-up at Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL) after saying that he felt unwell, before being transferred to the Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital, just outside capital Kuala Lumpur, on Sept 19.

"He will be sent back to Kajang Prison to serve his prison sentence as soon as medical experts give him clearance," the department said in a statement on Wednesday.

Najib, 69, is on trial over four charges of abuse of power to obtain bribes totalling RM2.28 billion (S$703 million) from state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), and 21 charges of money laundering involving the same amount.

He is serving a 12-year jail term for an earlier case related to 1MDB.

Najib was first reported to have been admitted to HKL on Sept 4 for what an aide described as routine medical checks, but was able to attend a court hearing the next day.

His daughter Nooryana Najwa alleged in a social media post the next day that doctors who saw Najib again on Sept 10 prescribed a change of medication and discharged him back to the Kajang prison complex where he is serving his sentence.

She also claimed that Najib's request to remain under observation at the hospital was denied.

Najib's ongoing trial on 1MDB-related corruption charges was vacated for a week owing to his medical condition.

His lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah told Justice Collin Lawrence Sequerah at the High Court on Sept 14 that Najib was undergoing medical tests on a daily basis because of his blood pressure and stomach ulcers.

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, responding to criticism that the ex-premier is receiving special treatment as a prisoner, said the treatment given to Najib is based on the health ministry’s standard procedures for prisoners who require medical attention.

“There is no special treatment. There was a request by the Deputy Public Prosecutor for his (Najib’s) trial proceedings to be adjourned so that he can receive the required medical attention.

“He was referred to Hospital Kuala Lumpur, where he was treated for his medical condition and he went through a battery of tests.

“Now, he is undergoing a follow-up at the Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital. A part of the procedure is that he will be trained on how to conduct physiotherapy himself. He will be discharged once the specialists are satisfied he no longer needs to be admitted. 

“This is a standard procedure. In the past we have treated prisoners at government hospitals and they are sent back to prison once doctors are satisfied that they can be discharged,” said Mr Khairy at a media interview on Wednesday

Najib's trial is scheduled to resume next Monday. THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

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