1MDB scandal: jailed Malaysian ex-PM Najib Razak has ‘dangerously high’ blood pressure, needs ‘proper’ care, says daughter
- Nooryana Najwa alleged in a social media post doctors who saw Najib on September 10 prescribed a change in medication and discharged him back to prison
- She added the ex-premier’s blood pressure is ‘dangerously high’ and has developed new stomach ulcers – a recurring medical issue that’s lasted years
Najib, who has also been fined nearly US$50 million, has consistently denied wrongdoing and has applied for a royal pardon. He remains on trial in four other cases, all of which carry jail terms and heavy financial penalties.
On September 4, Najib was admitted to a hospital in Kuala Lumpur 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 on Monday that doctors who saw Najib again on September 10 prescribed a change in medication and discharged him back to the Kajang prison complex where he is serving his sentence.
Najib’s request to remain under observation at the hospital was denied, she said. She did not specify whether his request was rejected by the Prison Department or the hospital.
The Prison Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
“On humanitarian grounds, our family pleads with the prison authority, the hospital and [the] government to do the right thing and allow for dad to receive proper medical care and observation,” Nooryana said.
She added the ex-premier’s blood pressure is “dangerously high” and that he has developed new stomach ulcers, a medical issue that she said has been recurring for more than 15 years.
Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said Najib was admitted as an elective case to ensure his good health, where doctors held two meetings with him and his family to discuss the test results.
“They were also informed about the unanimous decision of the consulting experts that he be allowed to be discharged,” he said in a statement.
The medicine prescribed is of the same type and Najib was healthy before being discharged, Noor Hisham said.
Media reported that Najib was in court on Monday morning for another corruption trial and would be taken to hospital in the afternoon.