The Jakarta Post
Former vice president Hamzah Haz is being treated at the Gatot Subroto Army Hospital’s (RSPAD) intensive care unit (ICU) in Jakarta due to deteriorating health condition.
United Development Party (PPP) lawmaker Syaifullah Tamliha confirmed the news, adding that the former party chairman had been hospitalized for a week.
“His condition has dropped, so he was admitted to the ICU. He’s still in the ICU,” he said on Monday as quoted by tempo.co.
Syaifullah dismissed rumors on social media and messaging apps that Hamzah had died.
Previously on Thursday, PPP lawmaker Arsul Sani explained that the 80-year-old Hamzah was experiencing multi-organ failure as a result of his advanced age. Both Arsul and Syaifullah asked the public to pray for the health of the former politician.
Hamzah was born in Ketapang, West Kalimantan, on Feb. 15, 1940. He served as vice president during the presidency of Megawati Soekarnoputri from 2001 until 2004.
Prior to that, he was coordinating minister of social welfare during the presidency of Abdurahman “Gus Dur” Wahid.
He served as the PPP chairman from 1998 until he was replaced by his successor Suryadharma Ali in 2007. (trn)