Medical officers appointed based on merit, not race, clarifies ministry

PETALING JAYA: The health ministry has clarified that a proposal to prioritise Bumiputera medical graduates for permanent positions in the ministry is not its stand but that of two medical groups.

Ministry secretary-general Mohd Shafiq Abdullah said health minister Dr Adham Baba’s statement on June 23 had been misinterpreted.

He said the first paragraph of the statement had merely quoted the proposal made by these medical associations.

He maintained that the ministry had always appointed medical officers based on merit and their performance in their studies.

“The health ministry’s explanation on the issue raised by the two associations was made in the second paragraph of the media statement.

“I hope that this explanation can rectify any confusion or misinterpretation of the health ministry’s transparency and integrity in managing the permanent appointments of medical officers,” he said in a statement today.

Yesterday, the Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) criticised the proposal made by Persatuan Perubatan Kesihatan Awam Malaysia and the Malaysian Islamic Doctors Association, saying racial or religious prejudices should not influence the selection of medical officers.

MMA president Dr Subramaniam Muniandy said the suggestion to ensure new graduates, especially from among the Bumiputeras, should be given permanent positions was an insult to the efforts of Malaysian doctors.

He also urged the health ministry to disclose its evaluation criteria for contract doctors, saying this would address any suspicion of discriminatory practices. – FMT

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