KUALA LUMPUR: Parliament medical officer Dr B. Sugumaran has been warded at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital after police found him in a hotel following a mysterious disappearance since January.
Ipoh Barat MP M. Kulasegaran, who lodged a police report that sparked a police search for the 50-year-old, said that Dr Sugumaran was believed to be undergoing treatment for depression.
He urged privacy for the doctor while he recovers.
His cousin, D. Nithiananthan said Dr Sugumaran was believed to be in healthy condition, despite his almost two-month absence, but said the family was still in the dark over his disappearance.
“He called me from the police station on Friday and I asked him how he was and he said he was okay. He sounded okay too.
“But I have yet to see him because my family is having prayers for a deceased relative in Port Dickson. I don’t have much information on his condition,” he said, adding that he also had not spoken to the doctors treating his cousin.
Dr Sugumaran had reportedly not returned to his Setiawangsa home here since Jan 3.
He is attached to HKL but has been working in the Parliament building here for about 10 years now.
A special police task force was set up to look for him after his disappearance was highlighted to the media on Thursday.
Police found Dr Sugumaran staying at a budget hotel in Jalan Pudu on Friday night.
Earlier, he is believed to have been staying at another hotel in Batu Caves, and had left some personal items there.
Health deputy director-general Datuk Dr Jeyaindran Sinnadurai said the ministry was awaiting the results of Dr Sugumaran’s medical examination before it decides what action to take against him.
“If he gives a good enough reason for his absence from work and the medical examination justifies it, any action will depend on what the outcome is. He could get a warning letter or other actions,” he added.
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