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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

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 cabinet.

As PM and DPM, they should be the Master Jedis on the “Pakatan Harapan High Council”, mentors of the PH-Padawans, guardians trusted with the fiduciary duty to oversee the new cabinet to ensure the cherished values of Competency, Accountability and Transparency (CAT) of political governance are fully operational.

There are plenty of talents in the PH coalition and our guess is that Tun would be simply spoilt for choice!

And if our reading of Kak Wan is correct, she would not want to stay a minute longer in the cabinet!

Besides, we do not want to gestate another family dynasty in the new PH cabinet – we just rid of one on 9 May 2018.

Dr Musa Mohd Nordin
Damansara Specialist Hospital

Dr Johari Bux
Tung Shin Hospital

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 national leadership of Pakatan Harapan, that those who voted for the Barisan Nasional should also have rights to representation.  The new administration should not disenfranchise these voters by accepting crossovers from Barisan Nasional, or by denying funding to the BN constituencies.

GBM urges the leadership of PH to take heed of the rakyat’s concern of this unhealthy crossover culture. We look forward to the new political stewardship of PH protecting and flourishing the authentic values and spirit of democracy in Malaysia.

Released by the following Member Organisations of GBM:

1)      Anak Muda Sarawak  (AMS)

2)      ENGAGE

3)      Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall(KLSCAH)

4)      LLG Cultural Development Centre (LLG)

5)      Merdeka University Berhad (MUB)

6)      Muslim Professional Forum (MPF)

7)      Negeri Sembilan Chinese Assembly Hall (NSCAH)

8)      Partners in Community Organising (Pacos)

9)      Persatuan Aliran Kesedaran Negara (Aliran)

10)  Persatuan Masyarakat Selangor dan Wilayah Persekutuan (PERMAS)

11)  Pertubuhan IKRAM Malaysia (IKRAM)

12)  Pusat Komas (KOMAS)

13)   Tamil Foundation (TF)

14)  Tindak Malaysia (TM)

15)  Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia (SABM)

16)  Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM)

17)  United Chinese School Alumni Associations of Malaysia (UCSAAM)

Al-Marhum Al-Hafiz Dr Fadi M.R. AlBatsh (24/6/1983–21/4/2018)

We in Viva Palestine Malaysia (VPM) and Muslim Professionals Forum (MPF) have known al-Hafiz Dr Fadi since he began his PhD studies in University Malaya in 2011.

He is undoubtedly an academic scholar of distinction, a genius really. He won the Ivy League, Yayasan Khazanah-VPM scholarship for his PhD studies in 2013. Three years later in August 2016, he received both the Special Mention Award and High Achiever Award, at the Yaysan Khazanah Scholarship, 10th Anniversary, presented by the Prime Minister of Malaysia. This is apart from the many other honours and prizes for his scholastic excellence.

And within a year of working as a senior electrical engineering lecturer in UNIKL, he won a research grant from the Malaysian government and was supervising 3 postgraduate engineering students. His work and research in electrical engineering and power electronics have been widely published in the top tier engineering journals.

He has memorized the Quran since childhood and is distinguished among the few who holds the Sanad Riwayat Shu’bah and Hafs from Aasim. He has taught the recitation rules of the Holy Quran with Tajweed for the past 13 years.

He has led Terawih prayers in Palestine for 6 years and in Malaysia for the past 5 years. He was awarded first place in the Sixth International Postgraduate Al-Quran Competition, Malaysia, 2015. His Quranic prowess has been duly recognized world wide and in Malaysia he holds the “Tauliah Mengajar & Berceramah” Wilayah Persekutuan.”

Despite his brilliance and multiple achievements, Fadi remained a very humble person, soft spoken, thoughtful and contemplative. He has always led our Muslim Professionals Forum (MPF) & Viva Palestina Malaysia (VPM) annual Terawih prayer for the past few years. He has been very active in various platforms, including VPM, Boycott Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) and Palestinian Students Organisations in Malaysia to advance the cause for justice and peace for Palestine.

His wife, Enas F. has similarly obtained her Masters in Islamic Studies from University Malaya and they are blessed with 3 children, Doaa Fadi, Aseel Fadi and Muhammad Fadi.

It has been a short 35 years, with a tragic demise but an unequivocally blessed life in the service of Allah and His Deen. May he be blessed bountifully with His Highest Gardens of Paradise in Jannatul Firdaus. And may Allah confer patience and forbearance to his family and the Palestinian community upon this great loss of their Palestinian son.

Dato’ Dr Musa Mohd Nordin
Chairman, Viva Palestina Malaysia (VPM)

Tuan Haji Yuzaidi Yusoff
Chairman, Muslim Professionals Forum (MPF)

Yayasan Khazanah Scholarship Special Mention & High Achiever Awards, August 2016

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Giro D’Italia (Kenyataan Akhbar)

*Kenyataan Akhbar Boycott Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) Malaysia*

7 Mac 20181.      Satu perlumbaan basikal termasyur Giro D’Italia dibawah naungan pertubuhan berbasikal antarabangsa Union Cycliste Internasionale (UCI) akan bermula di Jerusalem pada 4 Mei 2018.

2. Kerajaan Israel telah membayar sejumlah wang yang lumayan kepada pengelola perlumbaan ini untuk memastikan ia bermula dari Jerusalem.  Ini merupakan propaganda Israel untuk meyakinkan  dunia bahawa Jerusalem adalah ibukota Israel.
3.      Tindakan ini bertentangan dengan undang-undang antarabangsa termasuk resolusi 21 Disember 2017 Perhimpunan Agung PBB ES-10/L.22 yang mengecam  pengumuman Presiden Donald Trump yang mengiktiraf Jerusalem sebagai ibu negara Israel. Malaysia termasuk negara yang membantah keras pengumuman Trump ini.
4. Peringkat pertama melalui Wilayah Jerusalem mengiktiraf penguasaan haram Israel ke atas kota itu. Sementara laluan  ketiga di Wilayah Negev, Selatan Israel mengaburi mata dunia terhadap penindasan Israel ke atas komuniti Arab Badwi di kawasan tersebut sejak 1948.
5.      Selain dari kerajaan dan Majlis Perbandaran Israel, Giro d’Italia juga menerima tajaan daripada syarikat-syarikat Israel yang turut melanggar undang-undang antarabangsa kerana beroperasi di wilayah Palestin yang dijajah.
6.     Israel menyalah guna Giro d’Italia sebagai acara global meraikan ulangtahun ke-70 penubuhan Israel. Walhal Mei 1948 merupakan malapetaka (an-Nakbah)  sejarah dunia apabila 700,000 rakyat Arab Palestin diusir dan 450 kampung mereka dibakar demi mengujudkan negara Israel.
7.     BDS Malaysia amat kecewa dengan tindakan wakil Malaysia dan Asia ke UCI, Dato’ Amarjit Singh Gill yang enggan memaklumkan UCI bahawa tindakan mereka adalah bertentangan dengan undang-undang antarabangsa dan tidak menggesa UCI untuk menukar keputusannya.
8.     BDS Malaysia mengesa Dato’ Amarjit Singh Gill mengkaji semula pendirian beliau demi untuk memelihara keadilan, kebebasan dan kesaksamaan di Palestin.
8.      BDS Malaysia menyeru kerajaan Malaysia yang peka dengan penderitaan rakyat Palestin supaya mengarah Dato Amarjit Singh Gill untuk bertindak sejajar dengan hasrat negara yang  berjuang untuk pembebasan Palestin dari cengkaman Israel.Prof Mohd Nazari Ismail
Pengerusi
BDS Malaysia

Gabungan Bertindak Malaysia (GBM): Call to all Political Parties to Commit to Inclusive National Unity

7 February 2018

 

Gabungan Bertindak Malaysia (GBM):  Call to all Political Parties to Commit to Inclusive National Unity

 

Introduction

We are a coalition of NGOs comprising various ethnic, religious, lingual, profession and socio-economic backgrounds from all states of Malaysia. Our diversity is our strength that allows us to work together on a common platform for a “Better Malaysia”, a place we all call home.

The history of GBM echoes the birth of our country and its quest for sovereignty when our past leaders successfully won independence by struggling as one united nation against British colonial rule.

However, GBM is saddened by the withering of this spirit of togetherness and muhibbah as exemplified by our forefathers.  In recent times, our national public space has been defiled with racial and religious hate speeches, with hardly any censure from the authorities and if left unchecked, threatens our national unity and social cohesion.

This is expected to deteriorate with the upcoming 14th General Elections (GE14). The run up to GE14 is already suggesting that the 2018 polls will be the most hostile ever.

It is with this concern that we call upon all political parties:

  • to cease all forms of gutter politics which abuses race and religion and incites bigotry, hatred and discord
  • to reject all forms of fear politics which instigate anxiety, insecurity, distrust and animosity
  • to reject all forms of corrupt practices; including vote buying and phantom voting

There is a myriad of national issues which begs immediate attention and prompt solutions. GBM calls upon all political parties to address these national issues in their election manifesto.  The pivotal aim of these socio-economic and political deliberations is the pursuit of authentic national unity inclusive of all Malaysians as enshrined in the Rukun Negara. To achieve this much cherished goal, GBM opines that the following policy considerations are crucial:

  • To review the blueprint of action for national unity
  • To table the National Harmony Act to Parliament
  • To form a National Unity Committee at Ministerial level to oversee the implementation of national unity programs nationwide
  • To establish an independent National Unity Fund to enable the funding of projects promoting and protecting national unity, racial and religious understanding
  • To revise school and university curriculum and co-curriculum to integrate activities and programs that foster the spirit of national unity and early bonding of children of different ethnicities and religions.
  • To establish an independent Equality Commission which deals with complaints of discrimination, with the power to mediate disputes, mete out disciplinary actions and provide recommendations to the government.
  •  To commission an independent review of the Biro Tata Negara (BTN) to ensures its operation is transparent, accountable and in harmony with the objective of promoting national unity and racial harmony.
  •  To ratify the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination and undertake an action plan to implement its recommendations.

Notwithstanding the political contestations in GE14, we invite all our fellow Malaysians to come together in mutual respect and love and to embrace and celebrate the diversity of our ethnic, religious, linguistic, cultural, gender, lifestyle and political persuasions.

Let us stand hand in hand, in racial and religious harmony, bonded by national unity. Let us embody the eternal values of justice, equity, mutual benefit, brotherhood and dignity of humanity.

With this at our core, we can together build a “Better Malaysia”.

Issued by:

Zaid Kamaruddin,

Chair, Gabungan Bertindak Malaysia

on behalf of the Executive Council of Gabungan Bertindak Malaysia

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