Leader of Malaysia's hardline Islamic party suffers stroke

Other News Materials 10 April 2008 15:13

(dpa) - The leader of Malaysia's Islamic opposition party was hospitalized Thursday after suffering a minor stroke.

Abdul Hadi Awang, head of the hardline Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS), complained of numbness on his chin early Thursday and was immediately taken to a hospital in the north-eastern state of Terengganu, said the state's party representative Mustafa Ali.

"He had a very mild stroke. When I visited him ... this morning, he appeared well, could speak. In fact, he could walk as usual," Mustafa told the official Bernama news agency.

He said doctors have placed Abdul Hadi under observation, adding that the 61-year old leader was expected to be discharged in a few days.

PAS, which has led the north-eastern Kelantan state since 1990, had collaborated with two other opposition parties and made shocking gains during the country's March 8 general elections.