Health check-up for MPs

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 12 Nov 2019

Reports by Martin Carvalho, Hemananthani Sivanandam and Rahimy Rahim

MEMBERS of Parliament may soon have to undergo a health check-up after another lawmaker had to be given medical treatment during proceedings.

Kota Melaka MP Khoo Poay Tiong has proposed the move following the scare involving Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Eddin Syazlee Shith who had breathing difficulties at about 10.30am yesterday.

“I propose that all 222 MPs undergo health check-up. As I see it, the MPs are working hard to a point where they forget to take care of their health, ” he said, asking Deputy Speaker Datuk Mohd Rashid Hasnon to issue a ruling on the matter.

However, before Rashid could respond, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dzulkefly Ahmad said the ministry was considering the matter.

Earlier, Rashid adjourned proceedings for 10 minutes to allow Parliament medical officers to attend to Eddin Syazlee who complained of chest pain, tightness in his chest and shortness of breath.

Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii said Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Amiruddin Hamzah, who was sitting next to Eddin Syazlee, had signalled and asked him to come over.

“I went over and did the necessary checks, then we called the doctor and transferred him to the clinic, ” said Dr Yii.

The Health Ministry said Eddin Syazlee did not suffer a heart attack but merely had breathing difficulties and is in stable condition.

On Oct 21, Nibong Tebal MP Datuk Mansor Othman collapsed while delivering his debate speech on Budget 2020.

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