Deputy home minister hurt after losing control of Harley motorbike during group ride in Sabah

Julia Chan

Deputy Home Minister Datuk Mohd Azis Jamman (left) on his motorbike at an anti-drug awareness programme before he met with an accident about an hour later — Photo courtesy of Home Ministry

KOTA KINABALU, April 24 — Deputy Home Minister Datuk Mohd Azis Jamman was involved in a motorcycle accident while taking part in a convoy for an anti-drug programme here this morning.

The Sepanggar MP was on his way from the state capital to Ranau as part of the convoy navigating the hilly roads around Nabalu when he met with the accident at about 10am this morning.

“He sustained minor injuries and was immediately taken to the Tuaran district hospital to receive medical attention,” said a spokesman.

He added that he was told the deputy minister was discharged near noon and may be receiving further attention at a private hospital.

“He was riding one of the big bikes, a Harley Davidson, and maybe he lost control. I’m also told no one else was involved in the accident,” said an event spokesperson.

It is believed that the deputy minister has suffered a broken leg, and sustained chest injuries from the impact of the accident.

He was discharged from the Tuaran district hospital and later arrived at the Gleneagles private hospital here at about 2pm in an ambulance to receive further medical treatment.

However, ministry staff, the deputy minister’s aides and hospital staff did not allow members of the media to take photos or come near the emergency department.

Azis earlier launched a drug awareness campaign organised by the National Anti Drug Agency and was making his way to the next stop in Ranau when the accident happened.

The convoy, consisting of some 100 police, big bikers and personnel from the National Anti Drug Agency, was meant to go to Ranau, Telupid, Sandakan, Kinabatangan, Lahad Datu and end up at Semporna on the east coast of Sabah.

When met at the launch of the event here, Azis told reporters he had just obtained the “B” licence to ride motorcycles exceeding 500cc and was riding a bike borrowed from a friend.

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