Jaringan Orang Asal Semalaysia (JOAS) is rallying to raise funds for prominent native rights lawyer Harisson Ngau who is hospitalised for a “brain infection”.
Ngau was rushed to Kuching via chartered flight yesterday because the facilities in Miri, where he lives, could not provide the high resolution scans required for diagnosis.
The charter flight cost RM37,000, JOAS said in a statement.
“The doctors said they need a higher resolution machine. There is one at Miri General Hospital but in order to use it, he has to be admitted to the hospital for a few days and there is a queue.
“So in order to get an urgent diagnosis to treat his illness, the doctors decided to refer him to Timberland Hospital, Kuching as it also has a higher resolution machine,” JOAS secretariat director Mark Bujang said.
Ngau, who is now in the intensive care unit at Timberland Hospital awaiting scan results, is conscious and able to talk, he said.
The former Baram MP was admitted to Columbia Asia Hospital, Miri when he lost his ability to walk and his speech became slurred.
He had represented Sarawak natives in customary rights cases for more than 20 years and represented the Baram community in court for the recently scrapped Baram dam project.
He was also detained for 60 days under the Internal Security Act during ‘Ops Lalang’ in 1987, for anti-logging activities.
Donations can be banked into his wife Uding Ngau’s Maybank account (161181039023).
“We really your support and let us pray for Harrison’s speedy recovery,” Bujang said.