Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (left) shares a light moment with Ahmad Fawzi Shafii, at the latter’s home in Desa Seri Ampang, Ipoh. – BERNAMA PIC

IPOH: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim visited his former schoolmate, Ahmad Fawzi Shafii, at his home in Desa Seri Ampang on Friday.

Fawzi, 75, who is suffering from chronic schizophrenia, was Anwar’s roommate at Universiti Malaya (UM), and they were also schoolmates at the Malay College Kuala Kangsar (MCKK).

Anwar arrived at Fawzi’s residence about 2pm bearing gifts for his old friend, who has been bed-bound for two months.

Anwar was seen chatting and joking with Fawzi while reminiscing about their time together for about 20 minutes before the prime minister left to officiate the opening of the Tambun Fire and Rescue station.

Fawzi’s younger brother, Jama’iyah Shafii, 62, said Fawzi was overcome by emotion when he was told that his old friend had been appointed as the country’s prime minister.

“His memory is failing, but he still remembers old friends, including Anwar, and cried when told by the MCKK Alumni that he (Anwar) would visit him,” he added.

Fawzi, who used to work in a bank, was diagnosed with the disease more than 50 years ago and is under Jama’iyah’s care. — BERNAMA