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Anwar given fair treatment in prison: Nur Jazlan

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 2 (Bernama) -- Since his imprisonment on Feb 10, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has been given fair treatment, including the chance to undergo 83 health treatments.

Home Deputy Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said the treatments given to the former opposition leader included 10 physiotherapy sessions which were recommended by three orthopaedic specialists chosen by his own family and monitored by prison physiotherapists from time to time.

He said the Prisons Department would also give priority to his treatment as provided for under Section 14 and Section 37 of the Prisons Act 1995.

"An inmate's health is priority to the Prisons Department, so steps are taken for the medical treatment to begin as soon as the inmate is sent to prison.

"If an inmate has been recommended by medical experts for further treatment, the prison authorities will send him to the hospital for treatment, including those by specialists," he said during the question-and-answer session in the Dewan Rakyat here today.

Nur Jazlan was replying to a question from Nurul Izzah Anwar (PKR-Lembah Pantai) who wanted to know the monitoring process and time needed for an inmate to get immediate health attention.

In response to a question by Nurul Izzah who claimed that the government had failed to meet recommendations by specialists that Anwar be given intensive physiotherapy and shoulder surgery that he needed, the deputy minister said the Prisons Department always cooperated with Anwar's family to ensure his good health.

Nur Jazlan said since he was imprisoned, Anwar had received various privileges as compared to other inmates.

"During 38 weeks of imprisonment, Anwar was given the opportunity to meet with his family 15 times, meet with his lawyers 65 times, perform the Friday prayers 35 times, attend his father's funeral on April 5, as well as meet with Suhakam on Oct 20.

"There are more than 50,000 inmates in Malaysia...by right, the treatment should be the same (for the rest, as well), but he was given the chance to perform certain things such as Friday prayers and physiotherapy outside the prison, while other inmates do not get the same special treatment," he noted.

On Feb 17, the Federal Court dismissed Anwar's final appeal for the offence of sodomising his former personal assistant, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, seven years ago and upheld the guilty verdict and five-year imprisonment sentence imposed on him.

Meanwhile, commenting on Nurul Izzah'S remarks during the sitting on the United Nations' Working Group on Arbitrary Detention which claimed that Anwar's detention in prison was unnecessary and urged that he be released immediately, Nur Jazlan said that party had no right to question the court's decision.

"It must be remembered that the court made a decision after considering the accusations of a criminal nature made by an individual against Anwar.

"It has nothing to do with the government," he said in a WhatsApp message to Bernama.



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