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A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away there was a planet by the name of Pendora. As part of the transformation program, the Emperor of the planet Pendora decided in a typical “ Pendora Boleh” style to invite a well renowned academy from planet Uncle Samy to start an academy in Pendora. The academy supposes to train young padawans to become Jedis. These young padawans are enthusiastic lots who had always wanted to become a Jedi. The force, while is strong in them could not support their stint in another planet due to logistics and financial reasons.

The academy started with grand celebration as it suppose to send fears among the neighbouring planets which includes planet Tatooin, Dagobah as well as the grand empire of Capitol. The academy was promised a lot of goodies to establish themselves, including generous contribution from the Pendora’s government. A Jedi council was appointed to oversee the program, which was introduced for the first time in Pendora. The young padawans are trained for free.

3 years passed and Pendora started to get intertwined in a big controversy involving a mega scandal. Promises that was made to Uncle Samy’s partner was not fulfilled. Uncle Samy’s partner decides to leave the academy. The academy was caught off guard and decided to bring another Jedi trainer from another part of the same planet Uncle Samy.

While Pendora’s future remains hanging, the young padawans were promised a smooth transition to become a Jedi. The Jedi council kept a close watch as not to compromise the training. The Force and the power of the Dark side need to be kept at bay. One year after the controversy erupted, the first batch of Jedi apprentices graduated. Unfortunately, the academy faced another obstacle. The Jedi council decided not to recognise/accreditate the academy’s training. The Jedi council wary of the influence of the dark side. The council felt that the academy did not fulfil the requirement to train the young padawans, to prevent them from being influenced by the Dark side.

By this time, the force has awaken. The dark side of the force has started to influence the world of Jedis. Pendora’s academy was not the only one that has been producing Jedis’. Many more similar academies from various planets were producing the same. The Jedi’s, which were once considered the crème of the society, are now degraded to unemployable status. The protectors and peacekeepers of the galaxy are now jobless. The Jedi council took it for granted as the dark force died 30 years ago. Little did they expect such a situation. The young graduated Jedis are now being asked to sit for the Jedi Council’s special exams to test their knowledge and mental strength. 6 months has passed with no answer !

Will the unemployed Jedi’s become the next Dark side of the force?

Fear is the path to the Dark Side. Fear leads to Anger. Anger leads to Hate. Hate leads to Suffering

Master Yoda’s quote that still lingers in the minds of the Jedi Council. Will the fear of un-employability of the young Jedis, turn to anger and eventually to the dark side?

The Force has awaken………………. The frustrated Jedis are bound to turn to the dark side. Only time will tell……………

 

Disclaimer:

All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

 

 

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When a university up north became very ambitious and decided to run 5 medical programs ( the first in the world), I cautioned many students that it is not viable and not to fall into a trap. IN 2012 , I wrote THIS and THIS. However, students being students, they will take whatever offer as long as they do not need to pay anything. Thus, the so-called ” scholarship” that was offered by this college attracted many middle-income parents to send their children. Unfortunately, what I feared most happened last year. As I wrote over HERE HERE and HERE, the college finally closed down and all it’s students were forced to transfer to another MMC accredited university. Some ended up repeating their years. The UKM degree students were absorbed into UKM. So, what happened to the loan promised by this college? I understood then, that the college were offering almost free tuition fee as you will receive RM 150K from PTPTN and the balance will be paid by a collaboration with Maybank. This fund paid by Maybank suppose to be a convertible loan, informed to many as “scholarship”. Many did not realise that they are going to end up with a huge loan. I had always said that doing medicine by taking a huge loan does not make any economic sense. While the students have been transferred to other colleges, Maybank is now going after their loan. I attach a letter from Maybank to a student asking them to pay back the loan already paid to the college. So, now you are in debt even before you graduate!

Malaysia is probably one of the very few countries where their people go into debt to make someone else rich! A private college gets its money from PTPTN loan and many more scholarship/loans from MARA, JPA etc. Most of these loans are paid back by the students but the college can go laughing to their banks! Education should never be commercialised. Another interesting fact has emerged recently. As you are aware that the government has slashed PTPTN loan amount by about 15% for private colleges and 5% for public universities except for medicine (which will be a maximum of about Rm 150K). This has resulted in many private college’s intake reducing. The minimum entry qualifications introduced in 2011 had also gradually reduced the number of medical students in many private medical schools. A research done by a think-tank group revealed that close to 45% of private colleges do not have sufficient assets to cover their liabilities. It also said that close to 35% of private colleges and 41% of universities have bigger debts than their total assets, technically insolvent! This may affect close to 120 000 students!

There are many medical colleges which are facing enrolment problems. The MMC’s guideline and the cost of medical program has prohibited many students from entering medical course. The recent issues concerning possible unemployment of future doctors has also opened the eyes of many people. Medicine is no more a guaranteed future and money! I know a foreign university branch campus which is struggling to even get more than 100 students as the chances of their graduates getting an internship post overseas are very slim. This resulted in them not being able to recruit foreign students. A major administrative restructuring will happen soon.

I believe this could be a blessing in disguise. I had expected that some of the medical schools will close shop sooner or later. With the demise of AUCMS resulting in 5 medical programs closing shop, I also heard that UniKL’s twinning program with an Indian university will also close it’s doors. I also know that MMC has asked some of the medical schools which had intention to start twinning programs with overseas universities to postpone/terminate the idea.

I just hope our general public will realise that being a doctor does not guarantee anything. MMC being a corporatised body under MOH after the Medical Act was amended in 2012 will soon increase their fees. A recent letter was circulated to all organisation regarding their proposed fee hike as shown below. I did mention about this last year. Worth to mention that the fee for sitting MQE examination will also be increased to RM 2500 from RM 200. Please also note that you need to pay RM 500 for Certificate of Good Standing ! A specialist will pay RM 300 for APC and RM 300 for specialist registration per year. I wonder whether this will apply for government doctors as well? Hopefully they will revise some of it after feedback. All doctors will also need certain minimum CME points for APC renewal( I heard 10 points per year and 20points per year for specialist) as well as a compulsory Indemnity Insurance.

Well, the world is changing and the cost of living will only increase further. Never take huge loan to do medicine. Never forget that many more loans will come along the way after you graduate. Life will never get any easier…………..

 

New rules squeezing private colleges of funds, says think tank
Published: 6 April 2015 11:02 AM

The Alliance University College of Medical Sciences (AUCMS) in Kepala Batas, Penang, which closed down to shortage of funds. The Penang Institute warns that more private colleges may have to close down. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, April 6, 2015.
The Alliance University College of Medical Sciences (AUCMS) in Kepala Batas, Penang, which closed down to shortage of funds. The Penang Institute warns that more private colleges may have to close down. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, April 6, 2015.
The Penang Institute in Kuala Lumpur has warned that some 70% of private higher education institutions can see red this year, following changes in funding rules.

The think tank said based on data from the Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM), 45% of private universities and university colleges have insufficient assets to cover their current liabilities.

Around 71% are below the market average in terms of sufficient assets cover while SSM data also showed that 28 private varsities, or 46% of those reported, made year-on-year losses in the 2013 fiscal year.

Penang Institute said finances were further tightened starting November last year when cuts were made to the public loans system for higher education or National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) by Putrajaya.
PTPTN loans were cut by 5% for public universities and 15% for private universities. Loans for medical courses were unchanged.

“According to estimates by the Penang Institute using the SSM data, these changes would lead to 69.2% of private varsities falling into the red in the coming year.

“Around 76.2% of university colleges and three-quarters of the foreign branch campus could see their finances in negative territory due to these changes.

“Around 120,000 students are currently enrolled in those private varsities facing financial stress and this could rise to 215,000 students, or 44.5% of total private sector enrolment, due to funding changes according to the research,” Penang Institute said in a statement today.

The think tank cited Allianze University College of Medical Sciences (AUCMS), which had around 2,000 students and 500 staff, as an example. The medical school had to close due to financial problems.

The Masterskill Education Group Berhad, which owns the Asia Metropolitan University, has also been a case of financial squeeze, it said.

The group saw its share price fall from RM4.24 in August 2010 to a low of RM0.30 in May 2014, before recovering only to RM0.62 last month following restructuring and changes in its management and share ownership.

Penang Institute’s study looked into 41 private universities, eight foreign branch campuses and 27 university colleges.

At least two university colleges were upgraded to university status in recent months, but both are in the “financially stressed” group.

The revelations come as the National Higher Education Sector Blueprint 2015-2025 is set to be launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak tomorrow.
Penang Institute’s general manager Dr Ong Kian Ming (pic, right) said the preliminary blueprint released by the Education Ministry for public feedback appeared to largely focus on the public higher education institutions.

“The fact that the private higher education sector was largely ignored is a serious omission given that almost half of the total enrolment in post-secondary education are in private universities, university colleges and colleges.

“In our recent comprehensive study to examine the organisational structure and financial sustainability of 41 private universities, eight foreign branch campuses and 27 university colleges in Malaysia, we found serious implications on the overall health and sustainability of the private higher education sector in Malaysia,” he said.

Ong, who is also Serdang MP, said the think tank would release a series of statements over the next few days to highlight some of the other important findings from the study.

“The complete report will be released at a later date at a public forum where the authors of the report will present their findings and invited panellists will be asked to comment on this report and the National Higher Education Sector Blueprint 2015-2025,” he added. – April 6, 2015.

– See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/new-rules-squeezing-private-colleges-of-funds-says-think-tank#sthash.9YrohBsN.dpuf

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The government recently had slashed the 2015 budget by at least RM 5.5b, mainly operational budget. I am not sure whether it will affect civil servant promotions for this year as promotions involves a lot of money. Generally, during any economic recession, promotions will be postponed. If the oil prices do not increase or the ringgit falls further, we may be in for a roller coaster ride this year. FYI, Petronas contributes at least a third of our government’s revenue! The government has also started to charge maximum full rate for any foreigners seeking treatment in government hospitals/clinics. This is also to generate more income for the government as they become desperate for money.

In my previous blog post, I mentioned that the waiting period for Housemanship stands at about 6 months as of end of last year. The waiting time is expected to get longer this year as more and more medical schools starts to produce their graduates. However, from March 2015(hopefully), MOH will be introducing what is known as e-Houseman! NO, IT IS NOT Housemen working from HOME for heaven’s sake but a way to shorten the waiting period (see below).

MOH will be introducing an on-line housemanship placement portal for newly graduated doctors. Fresh graduates will first need to apply for Temporary Registration with MMC after which they need to apply to SPA/JPA. Once you  are accepted into civil service, you will be given a password and user ID to log into ” e-Housemen”. This portal will list all the available post in various hospitals and the vacancies. The waiting period will also be mentioned. It will be available online twice a month.

Thus, it is entirely up to you on where you want to do your housemanship. You decide based on vacancies and waiting period. If you decide to choose the popular hospitals aka Klang Valley, the waiting period will be even longer. It will subsequently affect your seniority in civil service. I hope this system will work flawlessly but as usual, I am a bit skeptical about it. How the system works will depend on how fast the system is updated by the respective hospitals/MOH. Human and system errors can occur.

ON another note, this will eventually overcome the maldistribution issues between rural and urban hospitals as well as East and West Malaysia. If you want a job early, go where the vacancy is. Similar situation will occur when the MO post becomes full. As I said many years ago,  as the situation becomes tight, maldistribution will be solved.

Happy Thaipusam and Chinese New Year ………………….

Massage from Dr Krishna Kumar MMA President

Massage from Dr Krishna Kumar MMA President

 

e-houseman bantu graduan pilih penempatan dengan cepat (http://bm.therakyatpost.com/berita/2014/12/19/e-houseman-bantu-graduan-pilih-penempatan-dengan-cepat)

KUALA LUMPUR, 19 Disember:
Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia (KKM) hari ini melancarkan sistem penempatan graduan perubatan yang dikenali sebagai e-houseman, bagi memperbaiki sistem sedia ada.
Menterinya, Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam berkata, sistem itu yang akan mula beroperasi pada 15 Mac 2015, memberi peluang kepada graduan perubatan untuk memilih hospital pilihan mereka.
“Kami mengenal pasti kelemahan dalam sistem penempatan graduan perubatan sebelum ini dan melihat sistem baru yang diperkenalkan ini lebih telus dan mudah.
“Ini sekaligus mengikis persepsi orang ramai terhadap kementerian yang kononnya memilih kakitangan dalam proses penempatan,” katanya selepas merasmikan Persidangan Pengurusan KKM di Hotel Royal Chulan, hari ini.
Beliau berkata, graduan perubatan yang berdaftar dengan Suruhanjaya Perkhidmatan Awam (SPA) dan mendapat sijil pendaftaran sementara daripada Majlis Perubatan Malaysia (MMC), layak menggunakan sistem ini dan proses seterusnya dilaksanakan serta diluluskan KKM.

Tambahnya, proses ini hanya memakan masa 10 minit, jika graduan sudah memilih penempatan mereka dan bersetuju dengan syarat ditetapkan.
Katanya lagi, sebelum ini proses penempatan memakan masa lama dan kerjasama dengan SPA serta MMC dapat mempermudahkan semua urusan.
“Sebelum ini, KKM akan memilih penempatan untuk graduan dan kini mereka boleh memilih sendiri, sekiranya ada kekosongan. Permohonan itu akan dibuka dua kali sebulan dan prosesnya adalah mudah,” katanya.
Dalam perkembangan lain, Subramaniam berkata, persidangan bertemakan ‘Towards a seamless organisations’ bertepatan usaha mentransformasikan sektor kesihatan, bagi memberi perkhidmatan lebih cekap dan berkesan.
Seramai 229 peserta menyertai persidangan itu, bagi menambah pengetahuan dalam aspek pengurusan menyeluruh, untuk mendokong visi dan misi KKM, selaras peranannya sebagai peneraju perkhidmatan kesihatan negara.
Read more: http://bm.therakyatpost.com/berita/2014/12/19/e-houseman-bantu-graduan-pilih-penempatan-dengan-cepat/#ixzz3PpH9dGQp

 

Just 10 mins for emplacement of interns under e-Houseman system
Posted on December 20, 2014, Saturday

KUALA LUMPUR: The Health Ministry yesterday launched the cutting edge ‘e-Housemen’ system for emplacement of medical graduates during their housemanship.
Its minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam saw the new system would expedite processing of housemanship applications from one month currently to just 10 minutes.
“Before this system, medical graduates had to register with the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC), Public Services Commission (PSC) and the Health Ministry.
Now they just have to register with MMC only.
“After registration with MMC, they will be given a temporary registration certificate following which they can use the ‘e-Housemen’ system that will be operational from March 15,” he told a press conference after opening Health Ministry’s Administrative Conference and Innovation Night 2014 here yesterday.
Elaborating on the system, Dr Subramaniam said medical graduates could choose which hospital they wanted to do their internship and if there were no vacancies, they could defer it until that particular hospital had an opening.
He added that system would also put an end to perceptions that the housemanship system was bogged with bureacracy and favouritism.
The three-day conference themed ‘Towards a Seamless Organisation’ which began yesterdaY is being attended by 229 senior officers of the ministry and hospitals. — Bernama
Read more: http://www.theborneopost.com/2014/12/20/just-10-mins-for-emplacement-of-interns-under-e-houseman-system/#ixzz3PpHQMw8e

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2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 670,000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 29 days for that many people to see it.

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Every year, around this time, there will be hue and cry in the medias by politicians regarding failure of top students getting into critical fields in local public universities. At the top of the list will always be medicine. However, this year, there was a big twist to the story! Few days after some young students revealed that they failed to get into medical course in local public university despite scoring 4As etc, one of our great politician came with one of the best statements of all time. He claimed that only 418 students were offered medical course this year to avoid oversupply of doctors !!

While he admits that we are heading to that direction, the statement did not make any sense to most of us. The figure 418 simply do not tally. There are 11 IPTAs offering 13 medical programs in this country. IT is VERY UNLIKELY that each university only took 50 students on average!! I was informed that UM only wanted to take 120 students this year as the intention is to make UM as a premier university for medicine. I contacted some of my friends from the universities and I was told that the figure is likely only for the STPM/ Matriculation intake. It did not include asasi students intake. It was interesting to note that in his statement, he said that this reduction in numbers were made after consultation with MMC and MOH (see below).

Interestingly, today I received a press statement issued by our DG aka Chairman of MMC denying the fact that such a decision/directive was made/given by MMC/MOH (see below). So, someone is talking nonsense as usual.

If at all the government wants to reduce the number of graduates, I feel it should start from the private colleges and NOT the public universities. Public university intakes should be maintained and should be allocated to the best students who have genuine interest in medicine. Unfortunately, private universities are a business and the government cannot close down businesses!!

Whatever it is, the number 418 still remains a mystery……………………. By early next month, hopefully I will be receiving further info on the exact number of students who were accepted into some of the public universities.

 

Limited Offers To Study Medicine To Prevent Flood Of Doctors – Kamalanathan

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 18 (Bernama) — The government has offered places to only 418 brilliant students to take up medical studies (first degree) at public institutions of higher learning for this year’s intake.

Deputy Education Minister P.Kamalanathan said the limited number of offers was meant to control the number of new medical graduates and avoid a flood of new doctors in the employment market.

“A total of 1,163 students with a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 4.00 applied to do medicine, but offers were only made to only 418 of them and the selection was also based on interview results.

We made this decision following discussions with the Health Ministry and the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC),” he told reporters here today.

He said the others who were not offered medical studies were offered other courses, but related to the field.

He said this in response to complaints by students with CGPA of 4.0 in the Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) and matriculation who failed to get offer to study medicine.

Kamalanathan advised those who failed to get places at IPTA to appeal to the Education Ministry online at upu.moe.gov.my before Aug 23.

“A total of 37,467 students have received offers at IPTA, there might be some students who are not happy with their course.

“For them I suggest they accept the course and register first, then put appeal in writing directly to the university concerned,” he added.

The ministry, he said, made sure that all students with CGPA of 4.00 received offers at IPTA for the 2014/2015 academic session.

— BERNAMA

 

Press Statement MMC : No directive to reduce intake of medical students
Posted on August 23, 2014 by pejabatkpk
PRESS STATEMENT : MALAYSIAN MEDICAL COUNCIL

 

1. I refer to the article published in the New Straits Times, on the 19 August 2014, Page 9 – “Drop in intake for medical degrees”

2. The Malaysian Medical Council (MMC) would like to clarify that all accredited medical schools in Malaysia have been given approval for a specific quota in terms of number of students to be enrolled every academic year. The quota is determined by their teaching capacity, and takes into consideration among others the lecturers to student ratio, and also the students to hospital beds ratio to ensure that students get adequate clinical teaching.

3. For the public medical schools in Malaysia the total size of the approved quota is 1,550 student intake annually, and is distributed among the 11 Public Universities with 13 medical programs (UM 180, UKM 200, USM 300, UPM 100, UNIMAS 120, UIA 140, UMS 90, UiTM 230, USIM 80, UNIZA 60, UPNM 50). The approved quota was decided based on their ability to comply with the accreditation guidelines for medical programmes.

4. MMC has never give any directive to any of the public universities/public medical schools to reduce their intake of the medical students. They are free to enroll the students in accordance with the quota approved for them, provided they are in compliance with the accreditation guidelines mentioned above, especially in relation to the students lecturer ratio and also the ratio of students to the hospital beds.

5. The issue of oversupply does not arise as long as the public universities comply with the approved quotas and the accreditation requirements, which is important in ensuring the quality of medical graduates so that patients are provided safe and quality care.

Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah
President
Malaysian Medical Council

23 August 2014

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It has been 3 weeks since I last posted an article in my blog. I am sure you know why! I started watching World Cup since 1982 when I was still in primary school. I had never missed any of the World Cups since then. As the greatest show on earth, it proves to be one of the most exciting sporting event that everyone waits for, every 4 years. I watched the Final of World Cup 2010 between Spain and Holland in Hong Kong as I was attending a Rheumatology conference then. By co-incidence, I watched the opening match of World Cup 2014 between Brazil and Croatia also in Hong Kong, as I was having a family vacation.

Of all the World Cup that I watched over the last 32 years, I must say that this years’ World Cup is the best I have seen. It was a World Cup filled with goals, excitement, upsets and unexpected underdogs. Top European countries like Italy, Portugal, England and Spain crashing out of the tournament in group stage where as underdogs like Costa Rica, Algeria, Columbia , Mexico showing flowing football that brought most of them to Round of 16 and Quarterfinals.

Who would have thought that Holland will whack Spain by 5-1 in one of the earliest of the group matches. Who would have thought that Brazil, the country where football is second to religion will be trashed 7-1 by Germany and 3-0 by Holland? It was a spectacular show with tactical football taking over the stage. Individual skills come second. Brazil should start playing like a team rather than depending on individual skills. Those eras are gone! I am glad that I was in front of the TV when Germany trashed Brazil 7-1 in one of the tournaments biggest upset in history! It was the most humiliating defeat by Brazil, furthermore in their home ground.

Germany has always been the most consistent team in World Cup since 1970s. They work as a team with superb energy and spirit. They deserve to win this World Cup 2014. Along the way they broke numerous World Cup records such as all time top scorer, the country with most number of goals in world cup, the highest score line in a semifinal, the biggest thrashing of a home country, the first country to reach 4 consecutive semifinals , the first european country to win in a south american soil etc etc.

I could not update my blog over the last 3 weeks as I was having sleepless nights while working everyday. Age is catching up and I am not as “fit” as I use to be. Watching the game early mornings is becoming a torture. BUT I will continue to watch these World Cups till I am 6 ft underground!

Good bye World Cup 2014 and I will wait for Russia in 2018………………….

 

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The last I wrote an article with the title above was in February 2014. Since then many new developments are taking place behind the doors. ON 9th June 2014, an article appeared in the Star regarding the limited number of post available for graduates (see below). This is a fact and the government has finally come to terms with it. They finally realised that they had approved too many medical schools over a short period of time. I had also written what transpired during the last MMA AGM held end of last month, over HERE. Prof Adeeba is the Dean of UM and also a MMC council member. Thus she knows exactly what she is talking about. She has also reiterated the need for a common entry exam to decide who will get employment and who will not. A committee has already been formed between MMC and MOH to decide on this as well as the implementation date. She also suggested that the number of medical students and programs should be reduced by a staggering 70% !!! Oh my, didn’t I ring the bell almost 8 years ago?

Now, let’s look at the latest MMC Annual Report for 2013 over HERE. I think everyone should read this report. The number of new graduates registered for housemanship for 2013 was a staggering 4472, a 42% increase from 2009. Local graduates contributed about 60% of the total graduates. It was also noted in the report that more and more foreign graduates are returning back to the country for Housemanship due to limited job opportunities in other countries. I had also mentioned this several times before. The number of NEW MOs has also increased tremendously in tandem with the increase in housemen. It increased from 2592 in 2010 to 3754 in 2013, a 45% increase (including those returning after housemanship overseas).

REMEMBER: there are still 20 medical colleges which are yet to produce any graduates ! In page 62 of the report, these 20 medical programs have not been accredited as of 31/12/2013. Imagine what the number of graduates will be when ALL these medical colleges starts to produce graduates. Something that many people never believed would happen, will happen in this country : jobless doctors!

It is also interesting to note that the number of APC issued to practising doctors has increased from 24 783 in 2011 to 30 057 in 2013 (page 33), a 20% increase in 2 years. However, the increase in the number of doctors in private sector is only 927 compared to 4347 in public sector between the years mentioned. The MMC has reported that more doctors are now staying back in government sector. These again will make the number of available post for new doctors very much limited in public sector. Due to declining income of private doctors with increasing competitiveness, less and fewer doctors are resigning from civil service. A random survey done by MMA showed that almost 70% of General Practitioners are earning a net income of below RM 7K, despite working 11 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Even in UK, many graduates are finding their salaries declining year by year. An interesting article over HERE (see below), says that medicine and dentistry are some of the fields that are worst affected. Whenever the supply exceeds demand, salaries will go down and job opportunities will decline. The same will happen to our civil service in the future when our government reduces some of the allowances to doctors such as Critical Allowance which is not a permanent allowance. The government will not be able to give job to everyone  due to the financial implications.

Finally, another interesting phenomenon was the fact that more and more doctors are becoming sick! A total of 334 cases were referred to the Medical review Panel in 2013, compared to 49 cases in 2009. The MMC has to form another committee to handle these cases, known as Fitness to Practise committee. If you look at page 51, you will be shocked to see the type of cases being investigated. These could be only the tip of the iceberg! That’s the reason why I keep saying that you should never do medicine for wrong reasons. Parents should also stop forcing their children to do medicine. From my friends in psychiatric department, the most common cause for housemen and doctors being referred to their department is due to depression. And the reasons for depression is always “doing medicine for wrong reasons” and ” parents told to do” !

Well, the writing is on the wall. It is up to the readers to ponder upon the future that this country is heading due to poor human resource planning. The MMLE committee has been formed in MMC (Page 24) and has already conducted 2 meetings and has submitted proposals.

 

Meanwhile, it’s time to watch Germany vs Portugal  in World Cup 2014………. it’s raining goals in this World Cup……………..

OLA OLE  Brazil……………………..

 

Limited training slots available for medical grads

BY LOH FOON FONG

 

PETALING JAYA: Medical students who slogged through their five-year year programme may just find that places are limited in the training hospitals.

Senior doctors foresee that a selection process might be imposed on medical graduates in the near future in view of the high number of 5,000 graduating each year.

Students may stand a better chance of getting into the limited number of training hospitals as housemen if they graduate from better ranking schools.

Training hospitals, where graduates planning to practise locally have to undergo housemanship, could only cope with about 3,000 new housemen each year.

Healthcare sources said that about 4,000 to 5,000 medical students would graduate annually, with more than half returning from overseas.

While those graduating from local universities, especially public universities, and established overseas universities have fewer issues entering the healthcare system, those graduating from foreign universities with a poor track record might face difficulties.

Universiti Malaya Medical Faculty dean Prof Dr Adeeba Kamarulzaman (pic) said the Malaysian Medical Council was considering introducing a common licensing examination for all graduates to ensure that only those with adequate training were given positions in these hospitals.

“There may not be enough houseman and medical officer posts. The Health Ministry may select those from schools with a proven track record,” she said.

A source said training hospitals in the Klang Valley, for instance, were accredited with multiple private medical schools, as well as some public universities, resulting in doctors being overstretched and too many students practising on patients.

He said the Cabinet should reduce the number of programmes and the number of students entering local medical schools by 70%.

Dr Adeeba said funding bodies too need to be selective and send students only to better ranking schools.

“My concern is that our top students are being sent abroad to universities of much lesser ranking than local medical schools,” she said.

Dr Adeeba said that while the various authorities need to do proper human resource planning, parents should wake up to the fact that there would not be adequate posts for doctors in government hospitals and hence, should not push their children into studying medicine if they did not have the aptitude for it.

She cited a number of students who struggled with the demands of the five-year programme, which they had no interest in.

A senior doctor, who declined to be named, said the situation would only get worse each year if nothing was done.

The Cabinet, he said, should start capping the number of students entering medical schools.

 

Graduate salaries tumble in the UK
Published: 13 June 2014 | Updated: 13 June 2014 5:14 PM

 

The United Kingdom has always been a lucrative study destination for students all over the world including those from Malaysia. Having some of the best universities in the world including the likes of Oxford and Cambridge, there are immense opportunities for employment not only in the UK but elsewhere in the world including the home countries of students.

Hence, students have been opting for UK as a popular study destination but as of late, it has been found that studying abroad might not be as lucrative as it used to be. So let us find out what the latest trends are and the possible reasons behind these trends.

Rising cost of education

 

The cost of education in the UK has been rising steadily and even in the current year, expert projections estimate a hike of about 2% where the current average cost of a degree stands at 8, 647 pounds (RM47, 203) per year.
This basically means that the average cost of a typical 3-year undergraduate course will stand somewhere in the region of approximately 26, 000 pounds (RM141, 932).

Moreover, although there are provisions for loans, it has been reported that the average cost of repayments over time, especially for students in lower income jobs where they pay-off their loans slowly, could amount to as much as 100, 000 pounds over a period of 30 years after which the loans would be waived off.
Rising costs Vs Diminishing returns

If students are still attracted to studying in UK universities despite the spiralling costs, there is only hope for a better and much more secure future where students can look to gain back more than what they have spent in the long-term. However, the statistics reveal otherwise.

A study conducted by Complete University Guide showed that in the United Kingdom, graduate starting salaries have plummeted by a huge margin of 11% in the five-year period for which the study was conducted namely between 2007 to 2012.

This is not a new trend. The past 5 years have shown a continual drop in salaries, albeit at a much slower rate. In fact, the rate of decline was just 4% in the period between 2002 and 2007.

Reasons for the decline

Several reasons can be cited for such a decline and some of the most prominent ones are the rise in competition between graduates and the increasing number of graduates that are available for certain jobs.

With the abundant supply of graduates, employers do not have much incentive in raising the salaries. Rising inflation is another cause which erodes minor salary hikes.

The decline in the starting salary of graduates is not uniform, but varies across different sectors and segments.

For example, while the steepest decline in starting salaries can be seen in fields such as medicine and dentistry, other areas were able to keep up with the inflation rate, such as in library science and materials technology.
Advice for students

Students could certainly be perplexed by the state of affairs and get worried as to what steps they should take next – whether or not they should pursue an education from countries like the UK, spending so much time and at a high expense.

There is no definite solution and a decision such as this depends on many factors. Firstly, students need to see if the profession or area of study they wish to pursue has had a steady salary history as compared to elsewhere in the world. Students would also need to accommodate their personal financial circumstances and consider if the costs of such a degree is feasible.

There is no doubt that UK universities have world-class infrastructures, teaching facilities and students can certainly get a lot of exposure from students who are from different parts of the world.

Research also states that despite all odds, a person with a degree from a country with a prominent history in education – like the UK – certainly has advantage over his or her counterparts.

Hence, one should certainly take advantage of the available opportunities while taking heed of the factors mentioned in this article. – June 13, 2014.

* This article is courtesy of easyuni.com

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Yesterday, was a sad day for most right thinking Malaysians. I woke up in the morning with a shocking news in my phone. Messages confirming the death of a great fighter and lawyer, Karpal Singh! Since there are so many pranks nowadays , I did not believe it till I saw the official announcement on the online Star. It was a sad day indeed.

For those who are around my age, we grew up with the names like Mahathir, Samy Vellu, Anwar Ibrahim, Karpal Singh and Lim Kit Siang. These were the titans of Malaysian politics. They gave us the colours of Malaysian politics, from humour to court cases and verbal fights in Parliament. One person that stood out was Karpal Singh. An excellent lawyer with unshakable principles of rule of law and rule of constitution. I still remember while I was in the university, how Karpal manage to sneak in the famous DP Vijandran tape into the Parliament. If not because of that daring move, the infamous ” blue tape” would have been classified as “No Further Action” aka NFA.

It was only in January this year, I completed reading the biography of Karpal Singh ” Tiger of Jelutong”. It was an interesting biography of how he took up cases against the government to defend communist as well as many others who were charged in court for which they were looking at death sentence. He was one of the lawyers who believe that everyone should be given a second chance and he was totally against capital punishment/death sentence. He was a fighter who fought against the government over 4 decades.  Despite ISA detention and a motor vehicle accident which rendered him paralysed neck below, he continued to fight for betterment of Malaysians.

He did these without any pay or reward, unlike our ruling government politicians who even got the cheek to make ridiculous and unacceptable statement in “support” of his death! He was a man of principle who stood by it. If it is wrong, he will say it is wrong no matter from which side of the political divide the statement comes from. He was even daring to challenge the royalties based on the constitution and what is allowed legally. A tiger that never slept and continued to shake the country even at an age of 74!

Well, Parliament will never be the same without Karpal Singh. The tiger might be gone but the roar will continue to be heard with many more new Karpals in the making!

Good Bye, Tiger of Jelutong………………. May you R.I.P…………………

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2013 in review

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The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 550,000 times in 2013. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 24 days for that many people to see it.

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For a long time I wanted to go for a cruise but never had the chance to do it.  Upon my return from my holiday in Orlando last June, I was planning for my next family vacation. I bumped into an advert showing an offer by Starcruise. I quickly decided to book 2 cabins on SuperStar Virgo from Singapore to Phuket, Langkawi and back to Singapore. This was my first cruise ever taken.

I must say that it was rather an exciting and fun-filled cruise. I never knew that a ship can have so many restaurants, games, theatres, swimming pools etc floating on the sea! We were served with 6 meals per day with lively entertainments. Other than that, you are also free and easy to try anything on board. Some may have minimal charges but mostly are free for you to use. They even have ping-pong tables, basketball court and mini golf course ! Another interesting fact is that you don’t need to go through immigration when you dock at Phuket or Langkawi. The immigration officers will come onboard and check the passports, which is kept by the ship upon embarkation in Singapore. You only collect your passport upon disembarkation. You can just walk into Phuket and Langkawi without your passport.  You just need to bring your access card.

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Since this was our first cruise experience, sometimes we did miss some programs and entertainment. Shore excursion to Phuket was well planned but rather short (at night) . Langkawi was rather free and easy for us since we did not take any tour package. Overall, it was a wonderful experience and we would love to go for another longer cruise in the future……

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Well, I am back to work again and the Dengue epidemic seem to be unsettling this year. An outbreak that started in April 2013 is yet to settle. The number of deaths, 84 in total is almost double compared to last year. I was told that JB GH is receiving 30 Dengue admission every shift with almost 100 patients in the ward at any one time.  WE really need a more structured well planned strategy to tackle this epidemic but unfortunately, our politicians are more interested in spending money on collapsing buildings!!

The public on the other hand is more interested in H1N1, giving birth at home and taking direct selling supplements!! They are least concerned about keeping their neighbourhood clean and tidy…………….

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