Monday, November 2, 2015
Anwar gets special privileges not given to other prisoners, says Nur Jazlan
The Deputy Home Minister said on Monday that Anwar had been given the maximum treatment allowed under the law, including allowing orthopaedic specialists chosen by his family to attend to the former Opposition leader's shoulder problem.
Nur Jazlan said three groups of orthopaedic specialists have examined Anwar and recommended physiotherapy sessions and other treatments.
He said that in the 38 weeks Anwar has been in prison, he has undergone treatment 33 times at the Sungai Buloh Hospital and attended 10 physiotherapy sessions.
"The orthopaedic specialists and physiotherapist monitor his progress from time to time," he added.
Nur Jazlan said Anwar has also met his family 15 times, met his lawyers 65 times, and given the opportunity to take part in Friday prayers 35 times since he has been in prison.
Anwar was also given permission to attend his father's funeral in April, met with some representatives from the Inter-Parliamentary Union in June and people from Suhakam in October.
"Many special privileges has been given to him that are not given to other prisoners.
"I hope his family knows that the Government is looking after his health," said Nur Jazlan in reply to Nurul Izzah Anwar (PKR-Lembah Pantai) in the Dewan Rakyat on Monday.
To a supplementary question by Datuk Dr Abd Latiff Ahmad (BN-Mersing) if Anwar would be given the opportunity to be placed under house arrest and undergo treatment, Nur Jazlan said the matter did not arise.
In an earlier supplementary question, Nurul Izzah said a doctor by the name of Dr Fadzil at a Government hospital had recommended that Anwar undergo intensive physiotherapy sessions two to three times a week.
"He has not received the treatments, which is why he has to undergo surgery," added Nurul Izzah.
"Will the Government release Anwar and admit him in a hospital for treatment?" she asked.
To this, Nur Jazlan said it is not right to question the court's decision and stressed Anwar is being treated.
"Apart from the physiotherapy sessions he has attened, Anwar has also been taught about some of the therapy he can do on his own to help him heal faster.
"As for his surgery, we have yet to receive consent from Anwar on the matter," added Jazlan.