KUCHING: Former Baram MP and native customary rights (NCR) lawyer Harrison Ngau has been hospitalised with a “brain infection”, and Jaringan Orang Asal SeMalaysia (JOAS) is appealing for donations for his treatment.
Harrison was flown by chartered flight to a private hospital here on Monday as the facilities in Miri, where he was previously hospitalised, did not have the high-resolution scans needed for a diagnosis.
According to JOAS, the chartered flight cost RM37,000.
JOAS secretariat director Mark Bujang said Harrison underwent an MRI scan at Timberland Medical Centre here yesterday.
“He is still in the ICU, resting. He is conscious and able to talk,” he said.
Harrison had been admitted to Columbia Asia Hospital in Miri when he fell ill. He was unable to walk and his speech was slurred.
“The doctors said they needed a higher resolution machine. There is one at Miri General Hospital but in order to use it, he has to be admitted to the general hospital for a few days, and there is a queue,” Mark said.
“So, in order to get an urgent diagnosis to treat his illness, the doctors decided to refer him to Timberland, Kuching, as they have a higher resolution machine.”
Mark also started a donation drive on Monday to help Harrison’s family pay the hospital bills.
“Harrison needs our support right now. We really appreciate your support and let us all pray for Harrison’s speedy recovery,” he said.
Harrison has fought for NCR in Sarawak for over 20 years. He also represented the Baram community in court for the recently scrapped Baram dam project.
He won the Baram seat in 1990 as an independent candidate.