Gerakan Youth chief Mah Siew Keong censured and warned not to undermine the campaign for justice for the thousands of Malaysian students pursuing or intending to pursue medical studies in Ukraine when it blindly supported MMC’s high-handed derecognition of CSMU medical degrees
by Lim Kit Siang
(Parliament, Monday): The Gerakan Youth chief Datuk Mah Siew Keong (Deputy Minister for International Trade and Industry) must be censured and warned not to undermine the campaign for justice for the thousands of Malaysian students pursuing or intending to pursue medical studies in Ukraine when he blindly supported the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC)’s high-handed derecognition of the Crimea State Medical University (CSMU) medical degrees.
Mah declared the full support of the Gerakan Youth for the MMC’s withdrawal of recognition of the CSMU medical degrees and the three-month suspension of the MIC Secretary-General Datuk S. Sothinathan as Deputy National Resources and Environment Minister (Sin Chew 25.6.05) at the opening of the Gerakan Youth Delegates Conference 2005 in Alor Star on Friday although Mah knew nothing about the reasons for the derecognition of the CSMU degrees.
If the Gerakan Youth leader does not have the political courage and public-spiritedness to speak up for justice, fair play, accountability, transparency and good governance which are the core issues in the controversy over the MMC derecognition of the CSMU medical degrees, the least he could do is just to keep his mouth shut.
Gerakan leaders seem to be suffering from the complex of “one-up-manship” in their never-ending competition with the MCA to curry favours with UMNO leaders and Mah’s blind support for the MMC’s high-handed derecognition of the CMSU medical degrees is the latest and possibly the most deplorable example of such irresponsible political conduct.
Yesterday, the Parliamentary Roundtable (4) on the CSMU medical degrees derecognition controversy hosted by the Office of the Parliamentary Opposition Leader adopted a three-point resolution, as follows:
MPs, NGO representatives and NGIs (non-government individuals) who attended the Parliamentary Roundtable (4) yesterday included Syed Shahir bin Syed Mohamud (MTUC President), Professor P. Ramasamy (UKM), Lim Guan Eng (DAP Secretary-General), MPs Fong Kui Lun (Bukit Bintang) and Teresa Kok (Seputeh), P. Uthayakumar (PRIM), Dr. Nadarajah (Group of Concerned Citizens), M. Saminathan (Tamil Foundation), Gobalakrishnan (ICC) and Professor Dr. Iangkaran. The roundtable, chaired by the roundtable co-ordinator, MP for Ipoh Barat, M. Kulasegaran, was also attended by the Ukraine Ambassador to Malaysia, Oleksandr D. Shevchenko.
The Health Minister should act on the call of the parliamentary roundtable to present a Ministerial statement in Parliament and explain why no grace period was given to CSMU before derecognition just as University of Malaya was given five years notice before the derecognition of its medical degrees was effected by the United Kingdom General Medical Council in the early eighties.
It is most regrettable that the Deputy Health Minister, Datuk Dr. Abdul Latiff Ahmad did not give a serious, responsible and professional reply during the debate on my emergency motion in Parliament last Tuesday on the sudden and high-handed MMC derecognition of the CSMU medical degrees four years after according recognition, and instead “played to the gallery” resulting in the fracas with the Deputy Health Minister, Datuk S. Sothinathan, resulting in two collateral events:
MMC has announced that it recognizes 344 medical institutions worldwide. I checked the MMC website and found that among the 344 medical institutions recognized include four from Bangladesh, six from Myanmar, seven from Egypt, 11 from Indonesia, 11 from Pakistan, three from Saudi Arabia and two from Jordan.
Is MMC seriously suggesting that CSMU, which is the second highest-ranking of the 27 medical universities in Ukraine with the ex-Soviet Union state always held in high esteem for its science and technological attainments in the Middle East, is worse off than these recognized medical institutions in Bangladesh, Myanmar, Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Jordan?
On the third Parliamentary Roundtable (4) resolution, whether a fact-finding mission of concerned MPs, NGO representatives and NGIs could be organized to visit CSMU and the Malaysian students in Ukraine will depend on a number of factors, not least of which is whether funds could be raised for the trip.
* Lim Kit Siang,
Parliamentary Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur
and Strategic Planning Commission Chairman
Lim Kit Siang, Parliamentary Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur
and Strategic Planning Commission Chairman