DR M’S CLOSE FRIEND & MUSLIM INTELLECTUAL KASSIM AHMAD IN A COMA

KUALA LUMPUR — Muslim intellectual Kassim Ahmad, 84, is now in coma in the Kulim hospital, his son confirmed.

Kassim’s son Ahmad Shauqi said his father had been in the hospital since September 16 for treatment to a lung infection and a blocked heart valve, but was still doing fine last night at around 10pm.

According to Ahmad Shauqi, his father last night said he had difficulty breathing and an oxygen mask was put on him, while a patient in the next bed said the octogenarian had sought for assistance from the nurses at around 1am to 2am.

“About 5am in the morning, my sister who is staying in Kulim called me up — I’m staying in Penang — saying my father is in a critical condition, so I rushed from Penang to the hospital, he was already in a coma,” he told Malay Mail Online when contacted today.

“I put the blame totally on all the religious authorities and I’m going to make sure the lawyer who defended my father sue them — giving him all [this] trauma. He’s a learned man and he’s not a violent man. He’s a very calm person, but sad what society has done for him,” he added.

He said the family was praying hard for Kassim.

“But we are still not ready to let him go, he has so much to offer. He sacrificed his life for the people,” he said.

THE MALAY MAIL

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