DAP lawmaker Liew Chin Tong has confirmed he has been diagnosed with Bell’s palsy, a temporary condition which is affecting his speech.
When contacted, the Kluang MP said his speech, eyesight and facial expressions were affected.
“Can’ read too much, can’t smile,” he said in a WhatsApp message to The Malaysian Insider.
Liew also took to his Facebook page to explain his condition, saying he was down with fever from December 27 until last Thursday, when he experienced the sudden paralysis of his left facial nerve.
He said it was difficult for him to read too long and that had difficulty speaking.
“Can’t pronounce certain sounds at the moment and a straight face that couldn’t smile for now,” he said.
Liew said his doctor advised him to rest for 10 days, and added that he was informed he should fully recover within three months.
He said it might take longer for his speech to be normal again.
“Will think, reflect and write more while I am unable to speak much.
“My countenance may have changed, but my character has not.
“I hope I can be back in action soon and I hope I can smile soon too,” Liew said.
Bell’s palsy is a condition that causes temporary weakness or paralysis of the muscles in one side of the face. – The Malaysian Insider