Dec 11, 2006

Chief Minister Malacca : High fever put me in hospital

(The Star) MALACCA: Meeting reporters a day after he was discharged from the Putra Specialist Hospital, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam told them: “I missed all of you.”

He also quashed talk that he was suffering from dengue, one of the rumours that had spread through this historical city following his admission to the hospital on Dec 1.

Mohd Ali said he was warded because of a high fever due to a viral infection, adding that doctors prescribed strong antibiotics for him for five days after his fever reached 40°C.

The chief minister met reporters at the Malacca International College of Science and Technology yesterday, where the first batch of 60 students will enrol on Jan 2.

Asked why the reason given for his admission to hospital was “to have a good rest”, Mohd Ali said:

“Even if I had said it was fever, people would still think it was something else.”

He wondered why, when he was overseas for three weeks with the Yang di-Pertua Negri (Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob), there were no rumours about him.

To this, the Press reminded the chief minister that his trips abroad were always known before hand while his hospital stay had been shrouded in secrecy to the point that visitors were barred from seeing him.

Asked if he would be taking a break to have more time to rest, Mohd Ali said he had not thought about it.

Mohd Ali, who will be back at his office today, said he was thankful that he had been discharged.

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