News - Thursday, April 3, 2003 7:51 AM
Can Anwar get ‘safe’ medical
treatment in Malaysia?
In a couple of days, Malaysia’s
Attorney-General is going to file an Affidavit to say that Anwar
Ibrahim need not be granted bail on 14 April 2003. He is not going
to say that Anwar does not deserve bail, or that he is not entitled
to it, or that the law does not provide for it. He is going to say
that Anwar need not be granted bail because he can obtain the back
surgery he needs right here in Malaysia.
Then they are going to splash
all over the media how the Prime Minister, Dr Mahathir Mohamad,
had his heart operation done in Malaysia. He did not need to go to Germany
to have it done! So what’s a ‘simple’ back operation? That too can
be done in Malaysia.
However, in all this propaganda,
they will be leaving out some very crucial points.
On the part about Dr Mahathir
having his heart operation done in Malaysia; they had no choice. Mahathir was knocking on death’s door and the
doctors said moving him would mean sending him to his grave. If
they sent him overseas, he would die on the way. So they had to
perform an emergency operation right then and there.
But does this mean there are
no dangers if one was to have a ‘complicating’ operation performed
It all depends. One very prominent businessman had a simple sinus
operation done locally because his second-wife-to-be complained
he snored and she was not about to tie the knot until he cured himself
The unfortunate millionaire
- who actually owned the hospital, mind you - died even before he
could be wheeled into the operating theatre. He died while under
How, therefore, does one reconcile
this? Will the government be able to guarantee, 100%, Anwar’s safety?
Leading surgeons and specialists
- doctors from the government hospital - have said that Anwar WILL
NOT get a 100% guarantee if he gets his back surgery done in Malaysia.
Maybe 70% to 90%; but not 100%. The Alpha
Klinik in Germany
offers a 99% plus guarantee. They have done thousands of back surgeries
through the years and their track record speaks for itself.
The ‘latest’ procedure that
is offering Anwar has NEVER been performed before. Anwar will be
its first victim…oops, I mean…patient. Anwar will be their guinea
pig. If Anwar’s operation is a success, and, being the only patient
they have ever had, then they can claim a 100% success rate.
But success or failure is not
only dependent on the skills of the doctor. It is also dependent
on the sincerity of the institution that you have entrusted yourself
When Anwar first did his MRI scan two years ago, they immediately destroyed all X-Ray
records and said that it was ‘normal’ hospital practice. ‘Normal’? Since when do hospitals destroy a patient’s records
while the patient is still under treatment and before the said patient
could even be discharged from hospital and given a clean bill of
While the hospital, and a government
one at that, tried to brush the incident off as ‘normal’, the doctors
in that same hospital said this was quite extraordinary and something
they have never done before. This must have been a ‘special case’
because it involved Anwar Ibrahim.
Right from the word ‘go’, the
hospital demonstrated how devious it was. When Anwar sent the hospital
a legal letter and threatened to sue them, they quickly redid the
X-Ray and, this time, even gave Anwar a copy which he then sent
That was why they destroyed
the X-Ray records. They did not want it to leave the country where
proper doctors would get to see it. And the German doctors were
alarmed when they saw the X-Rays.
Then, before that, there was
Anwar’s suspected Arsenic poisoning.
In this incident, Anwar’s blood,
hair and nail samples were smuggled out of Malaysia
and sent to the Melbourne Coroner’s office for testing where it
proved, beyond any shadow of doubt, that Anwar had a dangerously
high level of Arsenic in his body.
The government then issued
a statement saying it is quite normal for persons to have some traces
of Arsenic in their body, especially if you were to eat too much
prawns and other seafood.
The question everyone asked
then was; how often does Anwar run down to the local seafood joint
for supper seeing that he cannot even visit the doctor of his choice?
It was a preposterous reason the government offered in explaining
how the Arsenic got into Anwar’s body.
Anyhow, the testing they did
in Melbourne was under
an assumed name, and, on top of that, the samples were smuggled
something illegal. So they had to, the second time around, ‘officially’
send to Australia, through the proper and legal channels, another set of samples; and
this time in Anwar Ibrahim’s name.
But, as soon as the authorities
found out there was another set of samples about to leave the country
– and legally this time, mind you – they swooped in on the courier
company’s office and confiscated the samples.
Then, a third set of samples
was obtained from Anwar and sent to the government hospital for
testing. And, again, the test proved that Anwar still had traces
of Arsenic in his body, though it was already a couple of weeks
and his body should have flushed out most of it by then.
The fact, the hospital said,
it was three weeks since the first test was done, and since Anwar
had been hospitalised, yet the level was still that high, this would
mean the level must have been excessively high in the beginning,
when the first test was done by the Melbourne Coroners’ office.
The hospital then sent their
report to the government but it was immediately sent back with instructions
to change it. They did not want that damaging report. They wanted
another one that said they found no evidence of Arsenic in Anwar’s
Reluctantly, the hospital had
to redo the report the way they were told to and the new report
now said that no evidence was found that Anwar had suffered Arsenic
And you want Anwar to trust
the local hospital?
It’s not about how clever or
stupid local doctors are, as I am sure there are many clever ones
The fact my father died of a heart attack while our family doctor
phoned almost every hospital in Kuala
Lumpur arguing with them to send an ambulance, which they did not want to,
does not make me prejudiced about local hospitals. The fact my niece
died of an ‘unknown disease’ that the doctors had no inkling what
it was as we stood there watching helplessly while she slipped away
does not reduce my confidence in local doctors. It’s just that the
authorities have demonstrated Mala Fide too many times when it comes
to Anwar Ibrahim that I wonder whether he is safe in Malaysia.
Anwar’s appeal hearing is still
ongoing. And, in the appeal hearing, it was proven that the Attorney-General,
when he was Anwar’s Chief Prosecutor, used threats of the death
sentence on Dato Nallakarupan to get him to implicate Anwar in sex scandals.
Can you imagine the AG threatening
to hang someone if he does not slander Anwar? Life is too cheap
to this man. He wanted to get Anwar at all costs, even if he had
to hang a man to do it.
And this is the same man who
will be filing an Affidavit to say it is safe for Anwar to have
his back surgery done in Malaysia.
And we are yet to talk about
the near-death beating Anwar received at the hands of Malaysia's
Chief of Police. I think Saddam Hussein would be safer in the US then Anwar would in a Malaysian hospital.