KUALA LUMPUR - MALAYSIAN Prime Minister Najib Razak, who was hospitalised on Thursday with gastritis linked to a case of chickenpox, has been discharged, officials said on Sunday.

'He responded well to treatment and is now on a normal diet,' Health Ministry director general Ismail Merican told official media.

Mr Najib was admitted to hospital late Thursday for after suffering abdominal discomfort. An endoscopy revealed superficial ulcers and mild gastritis - an inflammation of the stomach lining.

Mr Najib came down with chickenpox during an Asian summit in Vietnam on October 30. He was forced to miss meetings with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard, both of whom visited Malaysia last week.

Mr Ismail said the chickenpox lesions were healing well and that doctors had advised the prime minister to rest at home.

Najib released from hospital