GOVERNMENT REJECTS MEDICAL REPORT

Jalil Hamid (Reuters)

KUALA LUMPUR, July 29

[…] the Health Ministry, in an immediate rebuff to Anwar, said it would only stand by a medical report signed by a government doctor, not a private one. The contents will not be disclosed, it added.

“No one should speculate or draw conclusions or make assumptions as to the result of the medical examination,” the online edition of The Star newspaper on Tuesday quoted Director-General of Health Ismail Merican as saying.

Ismail said the ministry would ask the private hospital to verify the report and explain how it had been made public.

Sodomy is a crime punishable by up to 20 years imprisonment in mostly Muslim Malaysia.

Anwar said the doctor who produced the report has gone on leave, citing hospital authorities. Neither the doctor nor his hospital have confirmed that the report was genuine.

Anwar said he was worried about the safety of the doctor, whom police said had not been arrested.
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