The new cabinet line-up was announced today. Since MCA refused to accept any cabinet post due to their worst performance in history, MIC is given the Health Minister post. For the 2nd time, MOH is now being headed by a doctor. Dr Subra is a dermatologist by training and was running his own clinic in Malacca before venturing into politics. However, if his record as Human Resource Minister is anything to go by, his performance can be questionable. Other that this appointment, there is nothing great about the cabinet line-up. Appointing Wathyamoorthy as a Deputy Minister in PM’s department is not a good move. HINDRAF was once declared illegal and all their top leaders were detained under ISA in 2007. Wathya ran away to UK till his return last year. During this time, all the main stream medias condemned the movement as racist and influencing the Indians to go against the government. Unfortunately, it is now a component party of BN and given a Deputy Minister post. So, what say you MIC and IPF? Who is the representative of the Indians under Najib’s cabinet?
Anyway, I hope Dr Subra can put MOH in order again. The recent news about an Houseman becoming a bogus policeman is rather disturbing. Remember what I said before about the deteriorating quality of students who are doing medicine nowadays? Even though this is an isolated case, I am sure it questions on how such a person can become a MBBS holder in the first place. Why was he involved in this crime? Was he in huge debt? I had always said that you should NEVER take huge loans to do medicine. It will take a lifetime to settle it. I know many who do illegal locums to settle their loan which include Car loan etc which will come later. Due to social status, many parents force their child to buy big cars and add more loans to their already huge debt. When the jobless scenario hits the market, many more doctors may land up in illegal activities as what happens in many other countries.
The jobless scenario of nurses hit the market end of last year. Many were left with at least RM 60K PTPTN loan. The government tried it’s best to absorb some into the civil service but could only do so for about 1600 of them. I know many nurses who are asking for a job in GP clinics and even working as Customer Care staffs in some hospitals. The quality is questionable and many do not even have any credits in SPM despite MOHE enforcing at least 3 credits. However, to enter civil service, they need atleast 5 credits!! Was MOHE sleeping? BTW, I still do not understand the logic of combining MOHE and MOE into 1 Ministry but have 2 Ministers!! Who makes the decisions? The minister who was running the MOHE is now the MB of Johor!
After the jobless scenario issue, the government has now enforced a minimum of 5 credits to enter nursing college. A little bit too late, I must say! This will definitely affect the intake of nursing colleges if enforced strictly. I hope MMC will also review its criteria and improve on the quality of the medical schools. The jobless scenario will definitely hit the medical profession soon. With the new Minister and a New DG, I hope something drastic can be taken to improve the quality of medical intakes and graduates.
Junior doc turns bad
A 26-YEAR-OLD houseman may have to forgo his dreams of becoming a doctor after he, and three others, were detained in relation to a robbery.
The man, who was pursuing his housemanship at Raja Pemaisuri Bainun Hospital, had also impersonated a police officer during the incident.
In confirming the arrest, Ipoh City Police chief ACP Sum Chang Keong said a 30-yearold businessman was driving his car along Jalan Dato Onn Jaafar when it was blocked by another car with four occupants at 4.25am.
One of the passengers from the car, dressed in an ASP police vest, alighted from the vehicle and punched the victim’s chest before he introduced himself as a CID police personnel.
“The man then pointed a black object, which resembled a pistol, and demanded the driver hand over RM350 or follow them to Sungai Senam police station,” Sum said.
At this juncture, another accomplice alighted from the car, and together with the houseman, got into the victim’s car and went to a bank in Jalan Sultan Idris Shah.
Upon arriving at the bank’s ATM, the robbers increased the amount to RM450. The victim then tried to call a friend for assistance, but was stopped by one of the suspects, who also seized his identity card.
Luckily for the businessman, a police car was dispatched to the scene after the Pekan Baru police station received a tip-off about the incident.
“The two police personnel spoke to the ‘officer’, who informed them he was from the Sungai Senam police station,” Sum said.
When the policemen asked for his authority card, the “ASP” flashed a Malaysian Special Ranger Agency card with his personal particulars.
Realising something amiss, the police officers took the four men to the Pekan Baru police station to conduct further investigations. They also seized the vest with the “officer’s” name tag, the authority card, a police cap, a pair of handcuff s, a toy pistol and two sets of keys.
The car which the four men were driving in was registered under the houseman’s name.
“The case is being investigated under Section 395 of the Penal Code for robbery and Section 6 of the Firearms Act,” Sum added.
The four have been remanded until May 17 to facilitate investigations.
Number of nursing students in Malaysia set to drop
JOHOR BARU – The number of students enrolling in nursing courses in Malaysia is expected to decrease as many students are finding it hard to meet the new entry requirement set by higher education ministry.
Institut Sains dan Teknologi Darul Takzim Chief Executive Officer Shahrul Azila Mohd Salleh said the entry requirement used to be three credit passes but last year, it was changed to five credit passes for nursing students.
“We hope the higher education ministry will review the change as many students are not meeting the mark,” he said after the institute’s seventh convocation here yesterday.
Shahrul said other private higher education institutions were also facing the same problem.
“For the last intake, we managed to enrol 240 to 300 students, but we expect the number to drop to 20 per cent for the intake next year,” he said.
He said the institute would submit an official application to the ministry to review the matter.
Shahrul said that if the institute could not fill the enrolment quota for nursing, it would have no choice but to accept international students from Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines and China.
“We had quality graduates in the nursing course and among them were students with three credit passes,” he said, adding that the entry requirement should remain at three credit passes to appeal to a wider intake.
Earlier, a total of 411 students obtained their diplomas for various courses including business management, accounting and information technology during the convocation ceremony held at Persada Johor Convention Centre.
The recipient of the institute’s Executive Chairman Award, Siti Zulaikha Zulkifli, 21, said the key to her success was to be brave to ask questions.
“Besides revisions, I do not hesitate to speak up and approach my lecturers if I have questions,” said the Diploma in Accountancy student. She plans to move on to Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. Number of nursing students in M’sia set to drop