NSC D-G Datuk Zol Embong underwent a successful bypass surgery which lasted four hours earlier this morning. He is currently in the ICU of Ampang Puteri. I was told Zol was taken to Ampang Puteri around 8.0pm the night before. He had earlier in the afternoon complained of chest pains while playing in a Maksak-organised golf tournament at UPM.
He is the second NSC DG in service who has had to undergo a bypass operation. One of his predecessors, Datuk Wira Mazlan Ahmad, underwent a similar operation in Penang in 2000 after doctors discovered five of his arteries were blocked. But unlike Mazlan who was a heavy smoker, Zol does not smoke and leads a healthy lifestyle, counting golf and tennis as his two favourite games.
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National Sports Council (NSC) director-general Datuk Zolkples Embong is scheduled to undergo a heart bypass surgery anytime now at Ampang Puteri. I was reliably informed that three of his arteries were blocked. Our prayers are with Zolkples.