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Utusan Meloya dan warna stokin

Utusan Meloya dan warna stokin
Tok Misai
17 Oktober 2018

Utusan Malaysia memang patut dipanggil Utusan Meloya. Logiknya selepas kerajaan BN ditong-sampahkan oleh rakyat pada 9 Mei lalu, Utusan Meloya sepatutnya insaf dan bertaubat dari menyebarkan berita-berita fitnah yang membuat rakyat rasa gelisah tidak tentu pasal. Perbuatan seperti ini bukan kerja orang beriman. Ini kerja orang munafiq yang suka melihat rakyat dan negara jadi tunggang langgang.

Saya berkata begini kerana rasa meluat baca artikel yang disiarkan oleh akhbar cabok ini mengenai Menteri Pendidikan baru Malaysia yang bernama Dr. Maszlee Malik (DMM) di Pusat Perubatan Universiti Malaya (PPUM).

Punyalah banyak isu dan urusan penting lain yang DMM bincangkan pada lawatan beliau ke PPUM dua hari lepas, tiba-tiba berita yang dikutip dan disiarkan oleh Utusan Meloya secara meluas ialah mengenai warna stokin murid-murid sekolah pula. Kamu tidak sedar dirikah yang akhbar kamu ni sudah lama tak laku dan kedudukan kewangan syarikat pun sedang nazak? Kenapa masih bengong lagi? Nak berterusan begini sampai Kiamat kah?

Disebabkan lapuran Utusan Meloya yang tidak adil ini, tak pasal-pasal DMM kena serang oleh pelbagai pihak yang menuduh beliau sebagai seorang Menteri yang hanya sibuk dengan isu-isu remeh dan gagal menangani isu-isu lain mengenai tahap dan kualiti pendidikan di negara kita yang lebih besar dan serius.

Cuba bandingkan lapuran Utusan Meloya dengan posting oleh Pengarah PPUM sendiri di FB beliau :

Pengarah Ppum
October 15 at 9:23 PM

“Saya boleh mengesahkan sepanjang masa YB Dr Maszlee Malik berada di PPUM untuk lawatan mengejut hari ini, beliau tidak sepatah pun menyebut apatah lagi berbincang tentang “warna stokin” dengan pihak PPUM. Saya berada dengannya sepanjang masa beliau di sini dan apa yang dibincangkan bersama NC(UM), KP dan KSU adalah tentang potensi pengajaran dan penyelidikan yang cemerlang di PPUM dan untuk perkhidmatan yang terbaik diberikan kepada rakyat Malaysia, terutama bagi mereka dari golongan yang berpendapatan rendah. Saya rasa perkara itulah sepatutnya ditekankan di dalam berita akhbar. Cara berita ini disampaikan sebaliknya menggunakan gambar dan masa lawatan beliau ke PPUM, dan memberikan tajuk akhbar ”perbincangan mengenai warna stokin” sangat mengelirukan pembaca. Saya harap pembaca semua ambil perhatian tentang perkara ini.”

Lapuran siapa yang kita nak percaya sekarang? Lapuran Pengarah PPUM atau Utusan Meloya?

Cubalah bersikap adil sikit lain kali.. Kamu dan bacakah Report Card DMM selama 100 pertama beliau di Kementerian Pendidikan? Kalau belum, klik di sini :

http://www.mohe.gov.my/media-kpt/kenyataan-media/940-100-hari-pertama-lebih-40-inisiatif-kementerian-pendidikan-malaysia

Berbagai-bagai inisiatif dijangka akan memberi impak besar kepada mutu dan kualiti tahap pendidikan negara yang sudah dan sedang digerakkan oleh DMM. Bukankah bagus kalau kamu lapurkan tentang benda yang betul dari membuang masa sebarkan fitnah dan kumpul dosa?

The Demonisation of Maszlee Malik

17 Oct 2018

The Demonisation of Maszlee Malik

If one were to rely solely on Utusan Malaysia for news on the current Minister for Education, one would think that the honourable Minister is consumed with only thoughts of socks and shoes.

This pea-brained newspaper with gutless editors are back with their mischief. Their toxic spew is now centred on YB Dr Maszlee Malik, the Minister of Education.

Their journalists wait in ambush, trailing the Minister on his walkabouts. They care little for any weighty substance the Minister expounds on, preferring instead to wax lyrical about socks, shoes and other trivia, an obsession that reveals more about themselves than the man they write about.

If Utusan is worth even a grain of journalistic salt, it would report on the numerous initiatives drawn up by the honourable Minister in the last 100 days. This includes the green policy in all learning institutions encompassing vehicle-free zones, community clean-ups, tree-planting and adopting the 3Rs; Reuse, Recycle, Reduce.

However, Utusan has never been known as a bastion of journalism.

A newspaper sans integrity or honesty is but a pitiful face of hate politics, demonization and vilification. It sows discord and dangerous divides, with scant regard for nation building. It does not educate but leaves a trail of ignorance in its wake.

In the effort to dumb down to the masses and move more copies off the shelves, it has shown itself to be a disgrace and mockery to the art of journalism.

In a country hungry for insightful, investigative and balanced journalism, the mainstream media stand at a threshold. Known for their trumpeting of the past government, they now have the opportunity to be the voice of reason, and check and balance to the current government.

Utusan have the golden opportunity of playing a leading role in this country’s new political process and render support to a Minister who could potentially be a game-changer in the sad affairs of our current Education system.

But will they rise to the occasion? Will they pick up this mantle and be a beacon of truth and honesty? Or continue to meekly obey their masters and drown in their own venom?

Some soul searching is long overdue.

 

Board of Directors

Muslim Professionals Forum

musamn@gmail.com

+60123200564

Journalistic Fetish for Socks and Shoes

16 Oct 2018

Journalistic Fetish for Socks and Shoes

We’ve heard some outrageous stuff being uttered in the past week. And some real petty stuff being reported by both the mainstream and alternative media in the more recent few days.

The most outrageous being an ex-UMNO politician lambasting Pakatan Harapan (PH) leadership with “Your stupid manifesto stopped you, is it?”

Though enlightened by the new politics of PH she probably still carries with her foul baggage from her UMNO past.

We wrote a piece which politely lashed at our Prime Minister when he announced that he would be holding the education ministry portfolio. And took to task both Anwar Ibrahim and Kit Siang for pussy footing on the issue. (https://www.malaymail.com/s/1632351/doctors-to-doctors-talk-musa-mohd-nordin-and-johari-bux)

It was heart warming to learn that unlike many, PM still held dear to the PH manifesto, heeded principle centric politics and immediately relinquished the idea.

We would like to see the moral compass still held high in the ever unpredictable realm of Malaysian politics. And in the new era of Malaysia Baru, we should not succumb to the Machiavellian politics of past or present politicians or even civil society for that matter.

In more tangible terms, the Minister of Education should be allowed to carry on with his job, entrusted by the PM and his cabinet, without distraction from quarters who do not have a clue of the educational system which has been adversely corrupted by the past politics of education.

And neither has the minister’s job been made easy by the mischievous and petty coverage of his tasks at rehabilitating the education ministry.

At one point in time I thought I was reading the sensationalized headlines of a silly tabloid but it turned out to be a national daily J

Come on guys! Buck up your journalistic skills and focus on the key messages of the minister. And please for heavens sake, do not allow your fetish for socks and shoes to cloud your writings.

And I hope the editors would do better than to allow such nonsensical reporting just for the sake of sales revenue and sensationalism. For a start, they may require some back to basic lessons, like not missing the forest for the trees.

Oh! By the way, have you actually read Dr Maszlee Malik’s “100 Hari Buku Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia” which addresses some of the big tickets in our educational system?

 

Dato’ Dr Musa Mohd Nordin

Consultant Paediatrician & Neonatologist

Damansara Specialist Hospital

+60123200564

musamn@gmail.com

YES MINISTER! YESSSS

15 Sep 2019

YES MINISTER! YESSSS

I have no doubt that many of you have written to your Pakatan Harapan (PH) state assemblymen (ADUN) and parliamentarians (MP) on various issues that in your humble opinion solicited their immediate attention.

A few ADUNs and MPs may have obliged and undertaken the necessary actions or remedial tasks but would it be too far-fetched to suggest that the majority have not even bothered to acknowledge receipt of your complaint, let alone revert, or only paid lip service to your suggestions, whilst a few were actually pissed off with your recommendations?

Well! Some of us never got to ascend the rarefied atmosphere of top echelons of corporate or academic leadership because we held dearly and uncompromisingly to our puritanical and religiously democratic views trained into us since our formative days in the UK. Among others, the notion that a leader should be told what he needs to be told and not what people feel he wants to be told. In short, calling a spade a spade (we hope we are being ethnically correct and colour blind) was and still continues to be a dearly held principle of engagement.

We always wondered why our peers including some very close colleagues of ours hesitated and used twenty words to convey what needed to be said in five words to our bosses. With so many words, inflexions and padded advice, much of the real essence was lost in the delivery.

After a protracted period of cold storage and exile for some, the reasons finally  dawned on us – Eureka!

There are leaders who preferred being given advice and told what they actually wanted to be told and eschewed advice on what they really should be told. Much like the case of where the emperor wore no clothes.

In the context of Malaysian political governance, either BN or PH, we would suggest that the progenies of the aforementioned emperor are still alive and thriving, though less in the latter.

Hence subordinates, who hope to curry favour for obvious reasons, tailor their counsel to get the ears of their little emperors. There exists a culture where, upon ascending a top post, people bow and scrape to their leaders and exaggerate beyond reasonable measures moderate successes and carefully gloss over cracks and pits. They know this is the culture and leaders and followers feed off each other.

Woe betide those who like the proverbial little boy dare to draw attention to the emperor’s nudity.  Our society is in its present mess not because our leaders are not smart (some undoubtedly are smart but the rest are less so) but because of an inherent internal inertia to the purveyors of not so good home truths.

No matter how smart, capable or visionary a leader is, he is subject to blind spots, either in his rear mirror, side mirror or even front windscreen if we use the similitude of a driver of a car. Blind spots can turn a pleasant drive into a tragedy. Therefore, taking cognisance from sensors allows one to make measured, careful steps to avoid dangers and help rebuild our nation’s glorious destiny.

The fact that some of our PH big wigs feel we are not up to the mark with our knowledge of their actual circumstances, thus our observations are defective and not evidential, and are therefore good reasons to be rejected outright.

I hope our ADUNs and MPs are good listeners and takes on board dissenting views with good spirits and aplomb. Kudos to the magnanimous Minister of Education who exhibited masterly PR skills in news releases when confronted with those rabble pack of university students.

Inability or unwillingness to make use of the inputs would perpetuate the culture of fawning, selective information gathering and processing so prevalent before albeit in a new Malaysia Baru form.

We however are not willing to be a party to this bodek culture and will never temper our views just because they prick our ADUN’s, MP’s or Minister’s ego.

Our political leaders are well-advised to view the UK comedy of the early 1980s, Yes Minister, which embodies authority and politics as a hypocritical world filled with double talk.

Dato’ Dr Musa Mohd Nordin
Prof Awaluddin Shaharoun

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A helm to grasp, a course to steer and a port to seek

29 May 2018
“A helm to grasp, a course to steer and a port to seek”

Generically, we medical doctors are politically naïve. Doctors #Tun MM and #Datin Seri Wan Azizah are the outliers in our profession, in a good way actually.

So we stick to the stuff we do best, to cure sometimes, to relieve often and to comfort always. But when confronted with a malignant tumor or a brewing septicemia, without hesitation we are trained to execute radical surgical excision or institute powerful intravenous antibiotics.

And we sensed this scenario rearing its ugly head soon after 9 May 2018. Sticking our clinical noses into the post GE14 ambience, we are perturbed by the political nuances displayed by some of our Pakatan Harapan (PH) leaders.

What is the wisdom or traction to be achieved by now suggesting post GE that “rising cost of living and the unpopular #GST were the top reasons voters swung to #PH”

It only invites derision and outrage from a large segment of PH supporters who would swear that the historical PH triumph boils down to the aura and popularity of #Tun MM.

Way back, when the opposition was still in the wilderness and finding its footings, when the idea was first mooted that #Tun MM must lead the alliance and be the PM designate, it was vehemently opposed by most in the coalition especially from PKR because it meant overshadowing the iconic PKR supremo DSAI.

It is not too far fetched to suggest that best friends became estranged and alienated. Some, being loose cannons and not much of a team player, virtually left party matters and focused on big data processes which undoubtedly was another critical success factor for PH.

But a few PH team centric guys pursued this #Tun MM for PM idea cautiously but firmly. As shrewd and wise strategists they endeavored to get the best outcome while minimising collateral damage inadvertently and eventually turned over the sceptics in PH.

This immediately transformed the opposition into a solid front that warmed to the cynical electorate who were dismayed at the earlier fractured ranks of the opposition forces. For the first time a PM designate was in place. For the first time the component parties agreed to a single logo. The first 100 days promises were enumerated in simple lingo and info-graphics. And PH were first to launch their manifesto well ahead of a nervous BN. The rest as they say is history.

In the final analysis, multiple factors contributed to the sweet PH victory at GE14. To inflate the GST and cost of living factor or for that matter the #Tun MM factor as the overriding critical success factor is much too simplistic and worse still, derogatory of other factors or other persons or other hidden hands who similarly contributed to the peaceful transition of power.

Let us instead move forward with the monumental task of rebuilding our beloved nation which has been plundered by the despicable and kleptocratic political governance of the previous administration.

PH political leaders must embrace and manifest the decorum and adab to inspire confidence and continuing support from the rakyat. Failing which, the PH leadership should discipline them appropriately to ensure that the coalition spirit is always cherished and “lone rangers” are not given a free rein to destroy the fabric of the PH camaraderie.

Let us as the rakyat, cleanse our hearts and minds of aspersions of our new leaders and allow them the space and time to get the nation back on its feet

Let us be aware of the elements in our society who are not happy with the new government and are bent on destroying it

Let us be conscious of the widespread fake news online which are planned and planted to sow discord and hostilities of the rakyat towards our elected leaders and government

Let us pray that God Al-Mighty bless our #Tun MM with good health` and longevity, because he “resembles the commander of a ship at sea. He must have a helm to grasp, a course to steer and a port to seek” to paraphrase the American historian Henry Adams.

It is a given that those who aspire to be leaders of men must have qualities that enable them to discharge their duties not only effectively but also with utmost integrity and thus the “helm to grasp”.

The new “course to steer” as manifested in the Buku Harapan lends primacy to reforming and rebuilding our once esteemed institutions of the state.

Our Malaysian ship has a new captain, #Tun MM, to chart a new course, to steer to a “port to seek” where we all seek to live harmoniously and desire that the bounty of the land be shared equitably among its people.

This Malaysian ship must not be left floundering. We all owe it to our future generations. Failure is not an option!

 

Dr Musa Mohd Nordin, Damansara Specialist Hospital

Dr Johari Bux, Tung Shin Hospital

MOH - Letter to the Press

22 May 2018

Unlike the controversies surrounding the choice of the minister of education,  which we in no uncertain terms debunked in an earlier mail (http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/opinion/2018/05/18/doctors-to-doctors-on-mahathirs-cabinet-line-up/),  it was relatively plain sailing for the post of minister of health.

Notwithstanding, there are major and pressing issues within the health ministry which needs to be immediately addressed.  Suffice to mention among these grievances, the dwindling budget allocation for health (2% of GDP in the public sector), shortage of hospital beds in the ministry of health (MOH), the lack of synergy between the MOH and the private health sector, incessant complaints from junior doctors due to a “toxic MOH work culture”, the need to harness the talent pool among health care professionals (HCP) to flourish the MOH centres of excellence to mitigate the brain drain, increasing the opportunities for  medical officers to pursue postgraduate studies, the challenges of non-communicable diseases (NCD), and ageing population, plugging leakages in the MOH finances and the escalating costs of healthcare.

Therefore in our humble opinion, the next immediate, urgent and important task for YB Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad is to source for wisdom, experience and talented persons who will advise him professionally. His team need to headhunt for the best brains & hearts from amongst the medical fraternity for this national duty.

We, the rakyat, will not tolerate mediocrity in our quest for Universal Health Coverage (UHC) for our citizenry.

Just short of a royal commission, he will need to re-examine and re-evaluate the status of the health of Malaysians and the healthcare services currently available at service to the rakyat.

His advisors will need to report specifically on 4 areas of concern, namely;

1 the existing and future needs for accessible, safe and quality healthcare services,

2 the resources required to actualize these services

3 to make recommendations to the minister of the necessary infra-structure, provisions, resources (urgent and important, must have, can wait, can do without) and

4 zero towards the objective of universal health coverage “ensuring that all our rakyat have access to needed promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative health services, of sufficient quality to be effective, while also ensuring that the rakyat do not suffer financial hardship when paying for these services”

We are very sure that there have been studies to address some or all of these issues. They advisory board does not need to reinvent the wheel!

The wise, experienced and eminent persons on the advisory board should collate all of these information and synthesise the roadmap to ensure the good health of all Malaysians and the healthcare services required to actualise this.

In the final analysis, the KPI of the minister is to ensure ensure health for all Malaysians, that no Malaysian is left out,  and that Malaysians stay healthy.

 

Dato’ Dr Musa Mohd Nordin
Damansara Specialist Hospital

 

Dr Johari Bux
Tung Shin Hospital