Former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today received sick leave for the third day in a row as he was found to be suffering from dehydration from diarrhoea, meaning his 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) trial cannot go ahead today and has been postponed again. .
Kuala Lumpur hospital clinical specialist Dr. Mohd Fadhli Zil Ikram Karim, who is treating Najib, confirmed that the latter was unable to be present in court today.
“I did my usual clinical round at approximately 7:20 am. I examined Datuk Seri Najib. At that time, he complained that he had two episodes of loose stools. We examined him and he still has diarrhea.
Dr. Fadhli said that Najib was found to have stable blood pressure and heart rate this morning, but the latter was found to be showing signs of dehydration as his oral mucosa was dry.
“For that reason, we consider him to be at high risk of dehydration and then he will be at risk of low blood pressure, which is why we have to keep him on the ward for an intravenous saline infusion to rehydrate him,” he said. .
He added that monitoring also has to be done every two hours or every four hours depending on the situation.
“In my expert opinion, after examining Datuk Seri Najib this morning, he is in no condition to appear in court, due to the risk of dehydration and the need for constant monitoring at the hospital, as well as an intravenous drip, which is intravenous saline rehydration,” he said. the Supreme Court today.
Dr. Mohd Fadhli said he issued a one-day sick leave for Najib after speaking to his superiors about Najib’s condition.
The doctor agreed with defense lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah that Najib was not fit to be released to attend court proceedings when he was assessed this morning, despite his assessment yesterday.
The doctor also agreed with Shafee’s suggestion that there could be fainting, unsteady feet and sitting if the dehydration from diarrhea is not treated to replace the loss of water and electrolytes.
Judge Datuk Collin Lawrence Sequerah later agreed to set aside today’s trial date as well.
Earlier this week, the High Court was also unable to hear 1MDB’s trial on Tuesday and Wednesday as scheduled, after Najib was given a two-day sick leave for the same ailment.
The trial is scheduled to resume on June 21, July 7, July 26 and July 27.