Apr 9, 2010

Tun Mahathir convinces Matthias Chang to end hunger strike

KUALA LUMPUR: Lawyer Matthias Chang has agreed to end his hunger strike, after a plea from his ex-boss, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

According to a spokesman from Dr Mahathir's office, the former prime minister, in his appeal to Chang, told the latter that he needed to end his fast as they still had struggles ahead of them.

Chang, who went on a hunger strike from April 1, agreed to end the nine-day protest Friday, after Dr Mahathir's appeal was relayed to him.

He had refused to take any solid food since his incarceration on April 1.

His health took a turn for the worse, forcing Kajang Prison authorities to admit him to the Serdang Hospital on Monday where he was put on a drip.

Chang was discharged from hospital on Wednesday and returned to the Kajang Prison but persisted with his hunger strike.

Meanwhile, friends concerned about his health came up with the money to pay the RM20,000 fine on Monday, which was accepted by the court. However, an application for a discharge order was rejected by High Court judge Noor Azlan Shaari on grounds that such an application could not be made by a third party.

Justice Noor Azian had earlier cited Chang for contempt and fined him RM20,000 in default, one month's jail. He refused to pay the fine and went to jail. - Bernama



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