(see The Star 16/6/2012 at page 56)
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Re: Grant retrospective recognition also to all foreign medical degrees victimizing Malaysian Indian doctors as granted to TAR College, 820 Chinese Varsities & 200,000 Malay students in UiTM.
We refer to the above matter and to our numerous letters to your goodselves on the plight of the thousands of Malaysian Indian Medical graduates from foreign Universities denied their legitimate right to practice as Medical doctors in bi racial 1 Malay-sia.
The Sun today (29/6/12 at page 6) reported that the Higher Education Ministry has sanctioned and the Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA) has recognized 820 Higher Learning Institutions in China. The Malaysian Insider on 27/6/12 had reported that Prime Minister Najib Razak “gives TAR College retrospective recognition” on 70 Diplomas and Higher Diplomas”. Needless to mention the 200,000 Malay only students in recognized UiTM.
On similar note and in line with the government’s non racist 1 Malaysian Transformation Programme policy we hereby call upon your goodselves to similarly retrospectively recognize all Medical Degrees from Universities and Institutions of Higher Education from India, Ukraine, Russia, Romania, Indonesia etc which derecognition policy peaked with the derecognition of the Crimea State Medical University (CSMU) medical degrees in 2005 and affecting thousands out of which an estimated 90% are the Malaysian Indian poor students.
Free Malaysia Today had on 22/6/12 reported “It is crystal clear that MMC (Malaysian Medical Council) is practising a racist policy despite Najib having taken a strong step to help the poor students, especially the Indians, have access to affordable quality educational opportunities abroad”.
Our proposal yet again is that all these students whose said overseas medical degrees have been derecognised be given an additional six (6) months housemanship to undergo and then be automatically admitted to the Medical profession as a registered Medical doctor by MMC as a matter of course. Especially when the current Unrecognized Foreign Medical Degree Exams held at the local Universities see a failure rate of an estimated 90% of the students (victimized) being Malaysian Indian students. This does not make sense as they can practice as a Medical doctor in Europe and their degrees are is even recognized by the British General Medical Council (BGMC).
This would go a long was in dispelling the allegation that there is the Malay-sian government attempt to restrict the number of Indian doctors in Malaysia.
Kindly revert to us accordingly.
De facto leader Hindraf
Note : Excerpts reported in Free Malaysia Today on 22/6/12 :-
1. When the University (CSMU) was de-recognised by MMC in 2005, the then MIC Secretary-general S Sothinathan had raised the issue in parliament, calling the government’s decision as unfair to the Indian students. As a result, the deputy health minister was suspended for three months from his government post for criticising the government’s the decision.
2. The then MIC president, S Samy Vellu also had slammed MMC and described it as a move to prevent more Indians from becoming doctors.
3. The Insider also pointed out that Wan Mazlan (Secretary of MMC) had written to the CSMU administration asking for a detailed breakdown of the ethnicity of the Malaysian students.
4. “The letter is a solid proof that MMC is discriminating against the Indians. At the time of Wan Mazlan writing the letter, 1,000 of the 1,600 Malaysian students who had graduated from CSMU were Indians. And this is since 2001 when the university opened its door to Malaysians,” said the insider
MMC spurns Najib’s ‘directive’ (FMT)
The only reason the Malaysian Medical Council de-registered the Crimea State Medical University in 2005 was because majority of its Malaysian students were Indians.
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Medical Council (MMC), it appears, has chosen to ignore Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak’s directive to reinstate Crimea State Medical University (CSMU) which is situated in Ukraine.
According to a set of documents forwarded to FMT by an insider from MMC, Najib had ‘penned’ his support for the reinstatement CSMU in 2010. The university was de-recognised by MMC in 2005.
Najib’s intervention followed Koperasi Pekida Malaysia Bhd (Perkida) letter to the premier on Dec 9, 2010 requesting that CSMU be re-instated.
Pekida raised its concern to support more than 300 Malay students studying at the university at that time and that the cost of acquiring a medical degree from CSMU was much cheaper compared to other countries and would benefit poor students dreaming to become doctors.
Following Perkida’s letter, PM’s private secretary Mohd Po’ad Jelani had on Dec 10, 2010 sent an official letter to MMC informing them of PM’s decision to reinstate CSMU.
Other Indian-based organisations too have asked the government to reinstate CSMU as most of the Malaysian students at the university are from the Indian community.
MMC however had ignored Najib’s ‘directive’ and has until now not taken any steps to reinstate CSMU.
“It is a crystal clear that MMC is practising a racist policy despite, Najib having taken a strong step to help the poor students, especially the Indians, have access to affordable quality educational opportunities abroad,” the insider said.
According to the insider, former Health Ministry director-general Dr Mohd Ismail Merican and MMC secretary Dr Wan Mazlan Mohd Woojdy had allegedly acted on their whims and fancies, at times even defying the prime minister’s directive.
Incriminating ‘racists’ evidence
When the university was de-recognised by MMC in 2005, the then MIC secretary-general S Sothinathan had raised the issue in parliament, calling the government’s decision as unfair to the Indian students.
As a result, the deputy health minister was suspended for three months from his government post for criticising the government’s the decision.
The then MIC president, S Samy Vellu also had slammed MMC and described it as a move to prevent more Indians from becoming doctors.
Since then the public and ministers in both MIC and MCA have pleaded to the government to recognise the university.
“The people are in the dark over why MMC is adamant about not recognising the university,” the insider said.
The insider also pointed out that that Wan Mazlan had written to the CSMU administration asking for a detailed breakdown of the ethnicity of the Malaysian students.
“The letter is a solid proof that MMC is discriminating against the Indians. At the time of Wan Mazlan writing the letter, 1,000 of the 1,600 Malaysian students who had graduated from CSMU were Indian. And this is since 2001 when the university opened its door to Malaysians,” said the insider.
Why the insistence?
The insider also pointed out that Najib had sent MMC another letter in April this year asking for an update on developments with CSMU.
“As far as I know, until today there is no proper answer from MMC,” said the insider .
The insider said that there is no reason for MMC not to to reinstate CSMU.
“They (MMC) approved Lincoln University College (LUC) to run offshore programmes in three Ukrainian medical universities.
“What is the rational behind MMC’s stand on CSMU, when they can make u-turns on other universities? asked the insider.
Previously, in 2005 Dr Ismail Merican also announced that the government would not recognise medical programmes offered by 10 other universities in Ukraine.
FMT reported that MMC gave LUC the green light to run offshore medical programmes in three Ukrainian medical universities.
The catch was that the students have to pay an extra RM70,000 each to be exempted from sitting for Medical Qualification Exam (MQE) as all the three universities are not recognised by Public Service Department (PSD).
KUALA LUMPUR, June 27 — Over 70 diploma and further diploma courses offered by Tunku Abdul Rahman College (TARC) have been given retrospective recognition by the Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA), Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced today.
“As of immediately, the government is giving retrospective recognition to more than 70 diploma and further diploma courses to all TAR colleges nationwide,” the prime minister announced today in his address during the Innovating Malaysia Tour 2012 and strategic collaborative agreement signing at the Tunku Abdul Rahman campus here.
“This means all TARC graduates will receive recognition from JPA (civil service department),” he added to loud cheers and applause from the audience.
Najib (picture) explained the courses were not recognised previously due to “technical difficulties” in MQA.
He added the recognition will bring positive implications to “all those involved, especially towards to country”.
“TARC graduates can now play a bigger and more effective role in building a desired future,” he said.
“I believe all TARC graduates have the knowledge and skills needed to develop the country into a better nation,” he added.
Najib said the collaboration involving academic institutions, industries, the government and the Malaysian public — which he termed the Quadruple Helix — was important in bringing the nation towards innovation.
He added the united effort would also contribute significantly to increasing the country’s wealth and transforming Malaysia into a developed nation.
“In order for Malaysia to be a fully developed nation by 2020, innovation is crucial,” he said.
“Innovation is the final product of knowledge and skill, two important components for us to develop and compete in the 21st century.
“The knowledge and skills attained from academic institutions will deter us from the ‘middle-income trap’.”