PETALING JAYA: Kedah Menteri Besar Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah has dismissed rumours on his health as political propaganda, as he enters the last leg of his recuperation from major surgery.
In an interview with the New Straits Times newspaper, Ahmad said he was now in the fifth month of a sixth month recovery process after major surgery which saw two-thirds of his intestines removed.
“I am getting better, coupled with constant checkups under my doctor’s supervision. This has given me the confidence that I will be fitter and free of ailments.”
He said he was not affected by the rumours of poor health as he was focused on his work, but disappointed by the spreading of such rumours as they hurt his feelings and that of his family.
“There were people who claimed that I had actually collapsed. Well, let them talk. Whenever I was in Kuala Lumpur, they said I was there to be admitted to Prince Court Medical Centre.”
He said he could endure the rumours, but such rumours would be a cause of concern for his children who lived far away
Ahmad acknowledged that he had lost weight, some 14kg, because of his illness and surgery, but he was now eating better.
The Bakar Bata assemblyman also said he was not suffering from too much work stress, as he would delegate whatever tasks he could.
“Even the prime minister (Najib Razak) told me not to overwork. He told me the journey is still long, there is still much to be done and there is no need to make haste.”
He also revealed that former Kedah Menteri Besar, Mukhriz Mahathir, whom he replaced earlier this year, had visited him in hospital.
Ahmad underwent a five-hour operation at Penang General Hospital in June, just months after he took over as Menteri Besar.