14 Jun 2002
|Malaysia's Islamic opposition leader, Fadzil Noor, is in critical condition in the capital, Kuala Lumpur, following heart surgery this week. His illness could set the stage for a change of leadership in the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party, or PAS. |
PAS President Fadzil Noor is still unconscious, five days after the heart surgery. An aide says Mr. Fadzil is in the intensive care unit and his condition is stable. The aide says the party has not moved to replace Mr. Fadzil.
His illness, however, comes amid speculation that hardline party members want to replace the 65-year-old Mr. Fadzil, to prepare for the possibility of a general election next year.