SO 18 motion of urgent, definite public importance: the
worsening of the health of former deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Anwar
Ibrahim in Sungei Buloh prison, including the danger of paralysis, and the
urgent need for government to allow him to travel to Germany for endoscopic
- given to the Dewan Rakyat Speaker seeking to move an urgent motion relating to the worsening health of former Deputy Prime Minister
by Lim Kit Siang
(Parliament House, Monday): This is to give notice under Standing Order 18(2) to move a motion of definite urgent public importance in the Dewan Rakyat on Tuesday, July 13, 2004 which reads:
“That the House grants leave to Ketua Pembangkang and MP for Ipoh Timur YB Lim Kit Siang to adjourn the House to discuss a definite matter of urgent public importance, viz the worsening of the health of former deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in Sungei Buloh prison, including the danger of paralysis, and the urgent need for government to allow him to travel to Germany for endoscopic surgery for the following reasons:
The long delay in examining Anwar and giving treatment after the brutal assault on him by the then Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Rahim Noor on the night of his arrest on September 20, 1998 at the Police Headquarters at Bukit Aman had resulted in the worsening of the damage to Anwar’s health, some of it permanent.
He has been confined to a wheelchair for more than three years, causing general weakness and muscle-wasting.
He is receiving only conservative/palliative treatment for his serious back problem. He has been on strong pain medication for several years, with the dosage having to be progressively increased, placing great strain on his kidneys, suffering from swelling of hands and feet.
Anwar now suffers from worsening spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spine) and has developed kidney problems. On 10th July, an MRI scan showed that his spinal stenosis had indeed become worse, and an ultrasound test showed a mild hydronephrosis (swelling) of the left kidney and moderate swelling of the right kidney.
Anwar needs urgent medical treatment. The government should reconsider to allow him to travel to Germany for endoscopic surgery, a right which was confirmed by Suhakam in its recommendation to the government in May 2001 to allow Anwar to undergo the medical treatment of his choice which carries the least risk and highest rate of success.”
Yours truly, Lim Kit Siang Ketua Pembangkang MP for Ipoh Timur
* Lim Kit Siang, Parliamentary Opposition Leader,
Member of Parliament for Ipoh Timor & DAP National Chairman