By Syauqi Jamil
KUALA LUMPUR: Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin who just officially made his return today admitted that he missed attending Cabinet meetings.
He said that if his health conditions allows him to, Muhyiddin wished to attend the upcoming Cabinet meeting this Friday.
“I might start light work, attend meetings, not long ones, on doctors advise. If I can attend Cabinet meetings, maybe this Friday I’ll try to attend. I haven’t gone for a long time… I miss it a little,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby.
Muhyiddin was sacked from the previous Barisan Nasional (BN) Cabinet in 2015 after he questioned irregularities with 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) and for openly criticising the leadership of then premier Najib Razak.
Muhyiddin who had his swearing in today as the Pagoh lawmaker said that he is not completely back after returning from Singapore for a long medical leave.
Muhyiddin missed the first swearing-in ceremony in July 16 as he was hospitalised in Singapore for an operation to extract a pancreatic tumour.
Speaking to reporters on his way out of the Dewan Rakyat, Muhyiddin who is also the PPBM President thanked now PPBM Chairman and Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad for giving him space for him to properly recover.
Muhyiddin added, he needs to come and be sworn in regardless of his health condition because a failure to do so within 60 days will result in him vacating his seat.
He said his doctors have advised him to take his time to regain his strength, adding that his chemotherapy treatments will begin sometime after Hari Raya Haji.
“After Hari Raya Haji, I will begin the process of chemotherapy on the advice of an oncologist specialist. They feel its better to do it after the surgery is successful.”
“For pancreas cancer cases like this, it is better to have a follow up treatment of chemotherapy for a length of 12 times within 6 months,” he said.