Tue, 15 Aug 2000

Sophan causes a stir with doctors

JAKARTA (JP): Indonesia Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI Perjuangan) faction chairman Sophan Sophiaan caused quite a stir with doctors on Monday after a brief head massage.

Sophan had sat down at one of the stands at the MPR complex for some traditional relief after being convinced by the masseuse that a forehead massage could keep him fresh over the long proceedings.

But immediately after the massage Sophan admitted that he found it difficult to open his eye-lids and even seemed to lose balance when he tried to stand up.

His colleagues then instantly called for doctors. Two emergency doctors on duty at the session promptly arrived fearing the famous actor had suffered a blackout.

Fortunately it was just a false alarm.

"I was only feeling a little pain in my feet actually nothing more," Sophan later said. (prb/dja)