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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 … [Read more]

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 … [Read more]

Doctors to Doctors talk

18 May 2018

Doctors to Doctors talk

When YAB Tun announced that he would be holding the education ministry and YB Kak Wan the women’s affair, we flipped!

And upon reading this morning’s Star headlines; “Anwar: Ministerial posts for top two not contrary to manifesto” – we double flipped!

Is everyone simply being polite to YAB Tun when he rationalized his masterplan to rejuvenate the Malaysian education system? Didn’t the young Turks, the likes of YBs Dr Dzul, Khalid Samad, Chin Tong, Izzah et al in the political forum who were always loud and dissenting (in a good way) responded to YAB Tun’s plans to revolutionize the learning and teaching of our young minds.

It is as if they were mesmerized by YAB Tun or still in cloud 9 post-GE14 euphoria, or more probably it was like they “tak sampai hati” to speak against an old man’s “dying wish” for his nation’s children and their future.

We, hard core clinicians, maybe politically naive in the bargaining and jostling of political posts in the new cabinet but as far as Tun and Kak Wan are concerned we are clinically convinced on the grounds of “Evidence Based Politics” (EBP) that neither should hold portfolios in the Pakatan Harapan … [Read more]

GBM Statement: Stopping the Culture of Crossover

15 May, 2018

Stopping the Culture of Crossover

The recently concluded 14th General Elections brought about a historical transformation for Malaysia as well as for the region. It marked the first peaceful transition of power from the monopoly of the hitherto ruling party since Independence. However, barely a day after the new Prime Minister was sworn-in, many are flabbergasted by the attempted crossovers of MPs and state assembly persons.

Gabungan Bertindak Malaysia (GBM) views this political crossover phenomenon with much concern and apprehension.

The rakyat had given Pakatan Harapan the mandate to rule because they wanted a clean break from the past. GBM considers the unconditional acceptance of these crossover MPs and ADUNs to the PH ranks as a betrayal of the rakyat’s trust.

GBM strongly objects to this culture of party-hopping because we envisage a competitive multi-party competition in future elections rather than a monopoly by a single coalition. The probable decimation of BN would only result in a new opposition that is more extreme in its politics and ideologies. We look forward to a strong and credible opposition who would keep a check on the political process and the rule of law.

GBM also wishes to draw to the attention of the state and … [Read more]