KOTA BARU - Kelantan Sultan Tuanku Ismail Petra Sultan Yahya Petra, who has been hospitalised at the Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore since May 15, will be transferred to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL) for further treatment soon, said Kelantan Mentri Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat.
He said the decision was made based on the latest report by a panel of physicians appointed by the state government to monitor the Sultan's health.
According to him, the report stated that Tuanku Ismail Petra's condition was stable enough to be brought back to Malaysia to continue treatment.
"The Kuala Lumpur Hospital has been recommended as the most suitable hospital as it has all the facilities and expert staff needed," Nik Aziz told a press conference at his office in Kota Darulnaim here yesterday.
The state government at its executive council meeting on Nov 18 had appointed six medical specialists from Hospital Universiti Sains Kubang Kerian, Raja Perempuan Zainab II Hospital, the National Heart Institute and HKL to the panel.
"Tuanku Ismail Petra is being given intensive treatment in terms of medication, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. The Sultan is showing progress as a result of the intensive treatment," he added.
Meanwhile, Tengku Temenggong Tengku Muhammad Fakhry Sultan Ismail Petra disputed the move by the Kelantan Government to set up a medical board to assess his father's health, claiming that such a move was never referred to his father or the Sultanah of Kelantan.
"I will take legal action against the Mentri Besar and Kelantan Government for their lack of respect for my father who is now recovering well beyond the expectations of the specialists in Singapore," Tengku Muhammad Fakhry told a press conference at his private home in Kubang Kerian yesterday.