HINDRAF leaders medical negligence claim has no merit, says Malaysian High Court

September 18th, 2008 - 1:26 pm ICT by ANI  

Kuala Lumpur, Sept.18 (ANI): The Malaysian High Court has said that the medical negligence claim of HINDRAF leader P. Uthayakumar had no merit, and therefore, his second bid to free himself from detention was rejected.
According to the New Strait Times, Uthayakumar filed a habeas corpus application in May, stating grounds of medical neglect of his diabetic condition, which endangered his life.
Judge Suraya Othman said Uthayakumar’’s allegations were unfounded as he was given many chances to meet with cardiologists at the Penang Hospital and the National Heart Institute (IJN).
She said his refusal to meet with the doctors at the last minute, despite hospital authorities setting up to four appointments for him, showed that he was not serious about seeking medical treatment.
“Uthayakumar’’s claim that he was denied proper medication, treatment and diet by the Taiping Hospital and the Kamunting camp officials is not true and without merit whatsoever,” she said.
“All his complaints were thoroughly investigated, diagnosed and proper medication meted out by the respective doctors in their particular fields,” she added.
To Uthayakumar’’s decision to get treated overseas, Suraya said: “The reasons behind his change of heart is alarming. To say that he cannot trust any government doctor and those from IJN, and say that they are not competent is an insult to their professionalism.”
In the application filed on May 22, Uthayakumar claimed he was denied his medication for diabetes between mid-February and April 6.
Prior to that, Uthayakumar, 46, was taking the medicine that was given to him by his fiancee, S. Indradevi, 36, when she visited him at the Kamunting camp. (ANI)

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