BLOGGER: I AM WAITING FOR THE EVIDENCE. NO DOCTOR SHOULD REFUSE TO TREAT A PATIENT ON THE BASIS OF RACE!
Deputy Health Minister Dr Hilmi Yahya was reported by Bernama as saying on July 19 that Roslan’s allegations were a “misunderstanding”.
Penang state executive councillor in charge of health Dr Afif Bahardin wants an Umno state assemblyperson to apologise over his allegations that three doctors in two public hospitals in the state had refused to treat their Malay patients.
Afif (left) wants Pinang Tunggal assemblyperson Roslan Saidin to apologise publicly to all the doctors in the country for accusing the three Chinese Malaysian doctors – two from Seberang Jaya and the other from Kepala Batas – of being racist during the recently-concluded state legislative assembly earlier this month.
“His failure to produce any evidence shows the irresponsible attitude of an Umno leader,” Dr Afif said in a statement today.
“Roslan’s accusations are more like him venting his frustrations over the dwindling support of the people towards him,” he added.
When he raised the matter in the Dewan, Roslan had tried to tie the doctors’ alleged racist attitude to the decreasing support of the non-Malay voters to Barisan Nasional in the just-concluded 13th general election.
“Up to today, neither the Penang government nor the Health Ministry has received an official report regarding the issue, and even the patients allegedly involved have yet to come forward with the complaint,” he stressed.
Afif was responding to the comment by Deputy Health Minister Dr Hilmi Yahya who was reported by Bernama as saying on July 19 that Roslan’s allegations were a “misunderstanding”.
The Penang government has written to the Health Ministry to verify allegation that three Chinese Malaysian doctors serving in two general hospitals have refused to treat their Malay patients.
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng (left) described the allegations hurled against these doctors by Pinang Tunggal assemblyperson Roslan Saidin at the just-concluded state legislative assembly on July 3 as serious.
He wants Health Minister S Subramaniam to either verify the allegations or come out publicly to defend the doctors and medical profession.
Roslan had accused three doctors, one attached with the Seberang Jaya Hospital while two are allegedly with the Kepala Batas Hospital, of “being racist” for not attending to their Malay patients.
“I am raising the issue because I received complaints not only from doctors but patients who were unhappy about this dangerous racist game,” said Lim in an official letter sent to Subramaniam today.
“Some Malay patients have expressed their disappointment over the racial controversy because they had experience with Chinese Malaysian doctors in public and private hospitals who have treated them and saved their lives.
“Malay doctors have also expressed their dissatisfaction that such wild allegations could also be hurled against them (doctors).”
‘Racist docs should be sacked, but show proof’
Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng wants medical doctors with a racist attitude to be sacked for violating their Hippocratic oath.
Lim (left) urged Roslan Saidin (Umno-Pinang Tunggal) to expose the names of doctors he claimed were racist, so that this matter could be probed and appropriate action taken.
Roslan had on Wednesday told the state assembly that three Chinese doctors in Seberang Jaya and Kepala Batas had refused to treat Malay patients.
Lim said this information should be sent to the state executive councillor in charge of health, Dr Afif Bahardin (PKR-Seberang Jaya), so that action could be taken to prevent suspicion among the different races.
If Roslan could not produce evidence to back his claim, he should withdraw it immediately and apologise to all doctors in the country.
Dr Afif Bahardin (PKR-Seberang Jaya), “These accusations are being made about civil servants in public hospitals. Give us the names of the doctors and we will take up this issue.”
“These accusations are serious as these doctors have been recruited by the federal government, so please give us their names.”
A Penang Umno assemblyperson felt the full wrath of his Pakatan Rakyat opponents when he claimed in the state legislative assembly that ‘Chinese doctors are not treating Malay patients fairly’.
Roslan Saidin (BN-Pinang Tunggal, right) specifically alleged that three Chinese doctors in Seberang Jaya and Kepala Batas had refused to treat Malay patients.
He was referring to complaints brought to him about two doctors in the Kepala Batas Hospital and one in Seberang Jaya Hospital.
“For example, a Malay patient went to seek treatment for a bone fracture at the Seberang Jaya Hospital and the Chinese doctor said he could not treat him,” he alleged during the proceedings today.
Roslan raised the issue when correlating the “Chinese Tsunami” to the outcome of the May 5 general election, and explaining the relationship between the different communities in Penang.
Chinese Malaysians who had largely voted for Pakatan, had been taken in by its lies, including those churned out by its cybertroopers, he said.
He noted that he too had suffered a drop in votes compared to the 2004 election, when the Chinese Malaysian community had backed the BN.
He said this when allowed to interject during the debate by RSN Rayer (DAP-Seri Delima, left) on the motion of thanks on the governor’s speech.
Rayer grew visibly angry with the “unfounded” allegation, shouting that Roslan is a “racist” to have accused Chinese doctors of this.