(The Sun) PETALING JAYA (Dec 8, 2006): The DAP wants Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to reveal, in the public's interest, the cause of Malacca Chief Minister (CM) Datuk Mohd Ali Rustam's "mystery illness".
"The prime minister should direct Mohd Ali to state the cause of his Ômystery' illness which landed him in Putra Hospital in Malacca last Friday (Dec 1, 2006).
"No visitors are allowed except VVIPs (Very, Very Important Persons). To date there is no indication when he will be discharged," DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said in a press statement today.
Whilst DAP wishes Mohd Ali a full and speedy recovery, the CM has a moral obligation and public duty to reveal the cause of his illness.
"The week-long stay is unusually long and would normally indicate some severe illness. This raises questions on his ability to discharge his functions fully and effectively not only as CM but also as Umno vice-president.
"The people of Malacca has the right to know the cause of his illness and in a democracy, such information should be made available in the interests of accountability and transparency. Good health is essential in the qualities of top leadership to ensure that a person can fully function for the benefit of the people and country.
"This is the reason why Malaysian top leaders did not hide their illnesses, including Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah who revealed he went for minor sinus surgery when he sought medical treatment in Perth.
"Even former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad revealed he had a mild heart attack when he was admitted to the National Heart Institute (IJN) recently. Or former Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Syed Razak Syed Zain Barakbah, who was ill for nearly a year before retiring last Dec 22, also fully informed the public the cause of his illness," he added.
"Why should Mohd Ali be different from the other top leaders by not being open about his medical condition? Mohd Ali suffered a similar illness just before the 2004 general elections when, at the end of 2003, he sought medical treatment overseas without stating his illness.
"If his condition is not serious, Mohd Ali should be open and frank about his illness to allay public concerns and dispel doubts about his ability to continue as Malacca CM," he added.
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