HEALTHCARE IS COLOUR BLIND - MMA
27 June 2021
By Wartawan Nabalu News
KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysia Medical Association (MMA) regarded the proposal to prioritise medical graduates among the Bumiputeras for permanent placement in the health ministry as discriminatory.
Its president Prof Datuk Dr Subramaniam Muniandy said such a suggestion is seen as an insult to the efforts and contributions of all Malaysian doctors regardless of races and religions.
"As professionals in the medical sector, we need the best and the brightest talents to serve the rakyat. Such talents come in all races, religion, creeds, ethnicities, and gender.
"All doctors are trained to treat every patient equally, no matter their race, religion, creed, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and as such, we expect the Ministry of Health to do so in the treatment of its staff as well," he said in a statement issued recently.
He said the Malaysian Government should lead the way in uniting the people and not sow discord amongst its working professionals.
To prevent suspicion of such discriminatory practices, MMA suggests that the Ministry of Health (MOH) make the evaluation criteria for all contract doctors transparent, he added.
On June 23, Health Minister Datuk Dr Adham Baba responded to the Malaysian Public Health Medical Association and the Malaysian Islamic Doctors Association who proposed to the government to ensure that medical graduates, especially Bumiputera, be given a permanent post and to reduce the unemployment rate among the medical professionals in Malaysia.
Adham stated that the government said Putrajaya had taken note of the proposal.