Asked about the admission process, Shahir said Zahid informed him that he slipped in the toilet last Wednesday (Aug 18), shortly after Asar prayers, which resulted in him suffering from neck and thoracic pain.
“He has no spine fractures. Yesterday, he underwent a pain intervention procedure to alleviate pain for his slipped disc,” said the doctor.
When asked how long it would take for Zahid to walk as usual, Shahir replied “he can walk normally, but cannot sit for so long. He cannot put pressure by sitting for so long.
Justice Sequerah: Then, how long can he sit?
Shahir: Usually, for every 30-45 minutes, he needs to stand up and stretch his body.
Earlier, questioned by deputy public prosecutor Raja Rozela Raja Toran on why the pain intervention procedure was conducted yesterday and not the day the accused was admitted (last Sunday), Shahir said he had to stabilise his patient’s condition first as he was already on medication.
Raja Rozela: Doctor, do you know that the accused went to Istana Negara on Aug 19. He also attended the swearing-in ceremony on Aug 21, a day before he was admitted. I watched the ceremony from start to finish, your patient was there. The pain he described to you did not prevent him from driving or being driven all the way to Istana Negara and he sat there for at least one hour or more until the ceremony ended.
That kind of pain could not prevent him, or did not prevent him (from going to the Istana). I put it to you that he is actually malingering because he has been seen by the whole nation basically that he is able to walk, he is able to sit, able to go around to the Palace as normal.
Shahir: I disagree. As a doctor, we have to trust our patient.