The private investigator will resume his ceramah and campaign after concentrating on his health for at least a month.
PETALING JAYA: Private investigator P Balasubramaniam said today he would rest for at least a month following last weekâ€™s mild heart attack, putting the breaks on the oppositionâ€™s plans for his nationwide ceramah before the 13th general election.
Balasubramaniam told FMT he has been warded at the Sime Darby Medical Centre, Subang Jaya, since March 5, and will be discharged today.
However, he said he may still have to undergo major heart surgery.
â€śIt was a sudden, mild attack, and the doctors told me that three of my vessels are blocked, so I may have to go for a major operation. This Friday the doctors will redo the tests on me and decide whether I have to undergo heart operation or just a stenting,â€ť Balasubramaniam said today.
(A stenting is a procedure whereby a tiny tube is placed into an artery to hold it open.)
â€śNow they are allowing me to go back, do some exercise, they have given me some medicine. So for the time being, I am going to concentrate on my health, for at least a month. After that I will go back for ceramah.â€ť
Balasubramaniam hit the headlines in 2008 when he made a statutory declaration (SD) linking Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and wife Rosmah Mansor to Altantuya Shaariibuâ€™s murder, only to retract the SD a day later. After fleeing the country, he claimed the retraction was made under duress and that he stood by his first SD.
Balasubramaniam returned to Malaysia late last month pledging to campaign for the opposition as well as give nationwide ceramah on Najib and Rosmahâ€™s alleged role in Altantantuyaâ€™s murder â€“ a move that could put a serious dent on the current Barisn Nasional administration.
But with the general election expected to be called during mid-April, it is now unlikely that Balasubramaniam will be able to continue on his ceramah circuit until after the polls are over.
Badrul Hisham Shaharin, the president of pro-PKR group Solidarity Anak Muda Malaysia, which is organising Balasubramaniamâ€™s series of ceramah, had not ruled out the possibility that the private investigator was a victim of black magic.
â€śSome friends said this is the work of black magic. I donâ€™t know. They [Balasubramaniamâ€™s enemies] are capable of anything. What matters is that we leave it to God,â€ť Badrul, popularly known as Chegubard, had reportedly told PKR organ Keadilan Daily last week.
But Balasubramaniam dismissed this, saying his inactive lifestyle was to blame for the heart attack.
â€śI donâ€™t believe in [black magic]. I believe in God only, and I know God is with me, thatâ€™s why I am able to get treatment, and thatâ€™s why I didnâ€™t collapse when I first felt the symptoms while giving a ceramah in Kelantan.
â€śI havenâ€™t been exercising, and thatâ€™s what caused the heart attack,â€ť he admitted. â€śI was active when I was young, but after I became a policeman, then a private investigator, I didnâ€™t exercise, so all this happened.â€ť
Relating the incident when he first suffered the heart attack, Balasubramaniam said: â€śI came back from a ceramah in Sungai Buloh on March 4, and that night, I couldnâ€™t breathe, I couldnâ€™t go to sleep. From 2am to 6am, I just sat there.
â€śThe next morning, I went to hospital and straight away I was given medication. So far, so good. My doctor says I am improving a lot,â€ť he said.
Badrul, who had previously said Balasubramaniam would continue campaigning in the run-up to national polls, could not be reached immediately for comment.