The Opposition leader said that he only gets access to the rehab centre in Cheras following major shoulder surgery.
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Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim quashed any connotation likening his previous incarceration to the one imposed on former premier Datuk Seri Najib Razak, saying that he had never received “VVIP” treatment while in prison.
According to The Vibes, Anwar said he was only afforded treatment at the Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital (CRH) as he had undergone a major shoulder injury after being in prison for more than 10 years.
“If he (Najib) wants to be treated in the same way, he must first serve 10 years, then he can be brought to the rehab centre if there is a surgery.
“And if he is really sick and the doctors ascertained he is unwell, I would not want to make it an issue.
“I’m responding because his people tend to ask ‘Why can’t Najib be sent to the rehab centre with its facilities when Anwar was given the same treatment?’ What utter rubbish,” Anwar was quoted as saying.
Anwar added that his physical ailments too were well documented and had been explained to the public while details of Najib’s health complications remain unknown
Anwar said this during a press conference at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand (FCCT) in Bangkok, yesterday.
The Port Dickson MP had been in prison for two stints, between 1999 to 2004 for corruption and sodomy after being sacked by the then prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, and once again between 2015 to 2018, during Najib’s premiership.
He was out of jail after receiving a royal pardon during the Pakatan Harapan administration after the 2018 general election.
Anwar also said that he had to sleep on a cement floor during his second stint in prison, which aggravated his back problems.
The PKR president said that he was only given a bed upon doctors’ advice.
However, Anwar did concede that he felt sorry for Najib as the two of them had known each other for a long time but stopped short of agreeing that his prison sentence was politically motivated as claimed by the convicted former prime minister.
Najib has been receiving treatment at the Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital (CRH) since last Monday after being referred to by Kuala Lumpur Hospital.
According to the Prison Department, Najib, who is serving a 12-year jail sentence for misappropriating RM42 million of SRC International Sdn Bhd funds, will be sent back to Kajang Prison once the specialists at CRH or HKL give him a medical clearance.
Commenting on the matter, Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said that any relevant information on Najib’s health could be presented to the court once a court order has been issued.