Wednesday, April 29, 2009


Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai has come to the defence of the houseman who was caught reading a newspaper while on duty at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital Emergency Department, by Deputy Federal Territory Minister Datuk M. Saravanan recently.

I simply cannot understand why must the Health Minister himself came out with a statement of defence concerning such a trivial matter. Isn't this the job of the Director General, and surprising he has gone mute.

To me, the Health Minister's explanation is utter rubbish. Why has he to defend this houseman, when the houseman should know that he has patients waiting outside, to be called in to be examined, regardless of the medical status of the patients. Surely, they would not have come to the hospital if they were not ill.

And being just a houseman, it is duty first; not reading a newspapers, regardless of whether the newspaper was left by an earlier patient as explained by the Health Minister. If this very basic rule cannot be understood by the houseman, I do not know what will become of this houseman when be becomes a 'full fledge doctor'.

Please Mr. Health Minister, you have to set good professional examples for these houseman to follow. If you cannot teach them this basis rules, the next thing they will do is to sleep while in office.

I would like to congratulate Datuk Saravanan for raising this matter to the media, and certainly what he did will keep other houseman alert, and not to take the medical profession for granted. Datuk Saravanan had only performed his public duty.



komando said...

Even the Health Ministry is sliding down the drain...
Which ministry do you think will be next ?
My guess is all has gone down the drains...!
Ministers are there to talk only what actions taken god knows !
So we shall all have to wait and die at the hospitals I GUESS, until the doctors finish their papers, coffe breaks, "rehat sementaras" or meetings !

Unknown said...

All parties are either silly,lack of leadership qualities, irresponsible or cheap publicity seekers.

Liow Tiong Lai wanted to show that he is a good leader and went all out to defend his organisation and surbordinate. He surely hoped to get publicity but made silly statements in trying to defend the wrong person at the wrong time.

Saravanan, while agreeing he is doing his duty, surely has a better way to put things right without "hurting" Liow Tion Lai and Director General, but of course he would miss the cheap publicity without going to media.

However, politicians love publicity in various forms. They enjoy seeing their faces in the media and the billboards! By the way where all the impressive "Pak Lah, Najib, Azalina" billboards disappeared to?

The Director General must be responsible and take charge of his organisation. If not, citizens who go to the hospitals for medical assistance would end up becoming more sick.

Lastly, the houseman is just very irresponsible and he must change his ugly attitude. If he does not, it would be better for the hospital not to have a doctor at all instead of having a "sick" doctor.