CSMU’s de-recognition racially motivated ? (See FMT2/4/13)

CSMU’s de-recognition racially motivated?

B Nantha Kumar

| April 2, 2013

A group of disgruntled doctors claim that the de-recognition of the Crimea State Medical University by the Malaysian Medical Council in 2005 is racially motivated.

PETALING JAYA: A group of doctors have taken Health Minister Liow Tiong Lai to task for defending the Malaysian Medical Council which has re-enforced its decision to de-recognise the Crimea State Medical University (CSMU) in Ukraine.

They want Liow, who is also MCA deputy president, to reveal the list of violations committed by CSMU which warranted the de-recognition from the MMC.

Spokesman for the group, Muhammad Nasir Abdul Aziz, claimed that the de-recognition of CSMU was not done professionally but instead was racially motivated.

“For example, the Malaysian Medical Act clearly indicates that three MMC council members must visit the said university for recognition. But when MMC inspected CSMU, only two members were present when they re-visited the university in October last year.

“Since the mandatory quorum was not met, the panel’s report becomes invalid,” he told FMT.

He said the inclusion of MMC secretary Dr Wan Maslan Mohamed Woojdy and another officer in the inspection panel could not be taken into account as they were not MMC members.

He also listed other important measures not followed by the MMC in de-recognising CSMU. They are:

  • council members must prepare a report;
  • the report must be forwarded to the president/director-general of the MMC;
  • the president must peruse the report and if he agrees, he must endorse it;
  • the report then goes to the minister who, under Section 8 of the Medical Act, is empowered to either except or reject the report (historically MMC rejected the recognition of UKM medical agree in 1970s but the prime minister and minister intervened); and
  • if the minister accepts or rejects it, it then goes to his parliamentary secretary and is then forwarded to the Attorney-General’s Chambers to be either included or excluded from the second schedule of the Medical Act 1971 where it will either be included or excluded as a recognised medical school.

On Saturday, Liow dismissed allegations that the decision to de-recognise CSMU by MMC is racially and politically motivated.

He said doctors who graduated from CSMU after 2005 would be required to sit a local examination to practise medicine in Malaysia.

He said this after a group of doctors threatened to campaign against him in the Bentong parliamentary constituency in the coming general election.

Liow is the Bentong MP and is likely to defend the seat in the upcoming polls.

Favouritism at work

The doctors have argued that the main reason behind the de-recognition was because CSMU was mostly patronised by Indians. To date, there are about 1,000 Indian and about 500 Malay doctors who had graduated from CSMU.

Muhammad drew a comparison with another local medical school which obtained MMC’s green light to conduct offshore medical programmes with three universities in the Ukraine.

“They were recognised after a visit of only one MMC member. The other two who went with him on the trip were the secretary and an officer.

“The MMC panel member is this particular local university’s ‘government liaison officer’. It is clear that the recognition process was flawed and biased due to personal interest,” claimed Muhammad.

This local university charges a whooping RM200,000 for its degree, just by being an intermediary, he claimed.

Muhammad also said the recent recognition of two other universities in Shanghai, China, was also dubious as the MMC president did not issue appointment letters to council members to conduct an inspection at the universities.

“It is a known fact that MMC did not have a president in December and the acting president cannot endorse the visit. Thus, the visit is illegal and panel report invalid,” he said.

Former MMC president Dr Hasan Abdul Rahman was caught for khalwat on Nov 15, and was suspended on Nov 26 till a decision to demote him was taken on Dec 3.

“So, there is no way he could have signed for the Shanghai visit when the visit was in December,” said Muhammad.

He said the two cases above proves that MMC practised favouritism in recognising universities and that the de-cognition of CSMU was racially and politically motivated.

Muhammad said MMC had recognised the Medical University of Vienna (Austria) and until now there was not even a single Malaysian student, studying there.

Meanwhile, he said the campaign against Liow and MIC leaders, who have turned a blind eye to this issue, would kick off this week.

“We have already printed 50,000 pamphlets in Malay and English,” he said, adding that it will also be printed in Chinese and Tamil.

He added that the printed pamphlets will be distributed in Bentong, Segamat and Cameron Highlands before focusing on the other MIC candidate constituencies.

MIC president G Palanivel and his deputy Dr S Subramaniam are expected to be fielded in Cameron Highlands and Segamat respectively.

Muhammad said apart from CSMU graduates, the Malay and Chinese doctors would also participate in the campaign.

Recognition of CSMU medical degrees withdrawn, racially motivated & victimising especially Malaysian Indian doctors

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(18 point demands)

29/03/2013

YAB. Dato Seri Najib Razak

Prime Minister of Malaysia,

Blok Utama Bangunan Perdana Putra,

Pusat Pentadbiran Kerajaan Persekutuan, Fax: 03-88883444

62502 Putrajaya E-Mail: najib@pmo.gov.my

Dato Sri Liow Tiong Lai

Health Minister

Aras 13, Blok E7, Kompleks E

Pusat Pentadbiran Kerajaan

Persekutuan Fax : 03-88886188

62590 Putrajaya Email : tioglai@moh.gov.my

Datuk Kamarul Zaman,

Chairman,

Malaysian Medical Council
3rd Floor Block D
Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia
Jalan Cenderasari
50590 KL Fax : 03 -88831406
Malaysia Email: logs@mmc.gov.my

Re : Recognition of CSMU medical degrees withdrawn, racially motivated & victimising especially Malaysian Indian doctors

We refer to the above matter and to the news report today in The Sun 29/3/13 at page 8 titled “Recognition of CSMU programme withdrawn.”

Why is this so when the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) has recognized 820 Higher Learning Institutions in China (The Sun 29/6/12 at page 6) The Malaysian Insider reported on 27/6/12 that Prime Minister Najib Razak “gives TAR College (even) retrospective recognition on 70 diploma and Higher Diplomas. Why is this so when Malaysia is still short of 700 Specialist doctors (The Star 12/7/11 at page 12)

Why 5,000 (100% Malays) Medical graduates from Egypt do not need STPM, A Levels or Foundation In Science qualifications and get to practive medicine in Malaysia (The Star 4/2/11 at page 8 and Berita Harian 22/3/13 at page 20)

With this decision by Health Ministry, thousands of overseas Malaysian Indian medical graduates careers have been dashed. Thousands of Indian families’ legitimate dream of creating at least one doctor in their family has been shattered.

It has also been bought to our attention up to 95% of these medical doctors from CSMU and from other such derecognized Universities in Russia, Romania, India, Indonesia etc ie running up to a couple of thousand mostly Malaysian Indian overseas trained doctors have been race based failed in their Medical Qualifying Test to be able to register with the Malaysian Medical Council to practice Medicine in Malaysia.They end up working ‘illegally’ as locums, end up migrating overseas or simply resigning to these racist policies and becoming housewives.

We regret to note that despite our paper at the the Leader of the Opposition’s Round table Meeting at Parliament House dated 26/6/2005 and copies forwaded to the then Prime Minister, Deputy Health Minister and Malaysian Medical Council Chairman, the recognition of the medical degree at Crime State Medical University (CSMU) was today withdrawn without just cause. We wish to record our protest that the same appears to be racially motivated and victimising in particular the overseas trained Malaysia Indian medical doctors with the view to reduce their numbers from about 70% in 1957 to about 20% today and to 5% by 2020. Is this the 1 Malaysia of Prime Minister Najib Razak !

We have been given to understand that to the direct contrary there is a 98% passing rate at the (95% Malay muslim students) 20 local Universities and 100% Malay muslims at the UITM medical faculty.

Recommendations/Proposals

(1) We call upon the Malaysian Government to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry investigate the MMC and the top brass implementers in respect of these racially discriminatory government policies victimising in particular the said Malaysian Indian doctors which contravens Articles 8, 12(1), 153(1) and 153(8A) of the Federal Constitution, the Education Act 1995, and also the Universities and Universities Colleges Act 1971.

(2) In order to produce quality doctors we call on the Malaysian Government to implement a Common Entrance Medical Qualifying Test for all Malaysians all graduates from the 20 local Universities and Egypt who intend to enter the Medical Profession in Malaysia which is to be independently regulated by the British General Medical Council and/or the World Health Organisation in collaboration with the MMC.

(3) We call on the Malaysian Government to invite the British General Medical Council and/or the World Health Organisation to independently and in collaboration with the MMC to Inquire into and decide on the recognition / non – recognition of the CSMU and other such Universities.

(4) We call for rectification of the United Nations Convention on the elimination of all farms of Racial Discrimination.

Kindly revert to us accordingly.

“Rights not Mercy”

Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

___________

P. Uthayakumar

De facto Leader, Hindraf

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In 2001 the Malaysian authorities started issuing the world unprecedented No Objections Certificated (NOC) to overseal Malaysian Medical under graduates.

In 2003 only one Medical seat was offerd to an Indian from 16 places previously ie a 1,600% drop.

In 2005 when CSMU was first derecognized it was ranked as the second best University in Ukraine from the sixth best in 2001 when Malaysia first recognized CSMU. (See The Star 22/6/05 at page 29) 2003 the authorities when CSMU 2005.

In 2005, a majority (about 80%) of the 1,366 undergraduates in CSMU were Malaysian Indian students.

In 2005, the Malaysian Medical Council falsely made out a case that the lecturer to student ratio was raised to 1 lecturer to 20 students and derecognized CSMU degrees when the ceiling should be 1:6. But in the University of Malaya Medical Faculty the ratio was then 1:20 and that too on alternate days

In early 2004, the Malacca Manipal Medical College which had mostly Indian students was derecognized by the MMC. Later in the year 2004 AIMST’s Medical Faculty which also had mostly Indian students was also derecognized by the MMC. After some “political maneuvering” and reducing the student intake and offering “some places” from the ethnic Malay majority students the Medical Schools in AIMST and Malacca Manipal was again recognised Even as late as last year it was brought to our attention that the Foundation in Science course at AIMST University was yet to have it’s recognition renewed.

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UMNO derecognises CSMU to stop 1,000 Malaysian Indian doctors from practising in Malaysia : UMNO 1 Malay-sia – the world’s most racist regime.(See FMT 15/2/13)

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MMC delays CSMU recognition

B Nantha Kumar

| February 15, 2013

The delay is due to ‘some pending issues’ but CSMU representative Dr A Subendran asks how much time does the Malaysian Medical Council need.

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Medical Council (MMC) has once again dashed the hopes of Malaysian students studying at the Crimea State Medical University (CSMU) by delaying its recognition of the Ukraine-based university.

A source attached to the Prime Minister’s Office today confirmed that MMC had delayed the recognition “due to some pending issues” which are yet to be resolved.

The source claimed that MMC sent a letter to the Prime Minister’s Office yesterday stating that the MMC technical committee had decided to postpone the recognition of CSMU’s medical and medical-related studies.

However, the source revealed that the letter signed by MMC president Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah did not specify when the “pending issues” would be resolved.

FMT also learned that the Prime Minister’s Office was unhappy with MMC’s decision as this move could affect Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak’s popularity among Indians.

The derecognition of CSMU became an issue a few years ago after MIC and other Indian-based organisations demanded that the government reinstate the university as a recognised university due to the high number of Malaysian Indian students studying there.

MMC visited CSMU from Oct 17 to 21, 2012, after the Cabinet directed the council to resolve the matter.

CSMU is an established university which conducts medical degree courses for about RM120,000.

Nearly 1,000 Malaysian students of Indian origin had graduated from the university since 1997 until it was dropped from the list of recognised universities by the MMC in June 2005.

Former MIC vice-president S Sothinathan was temporarily suspended from his post of natural resources and environment deputy minister for criticising the government over the matter in Parliament then.

Former MIC president S SamyVellu had also in the past described MMC’s decision as a move to prevent more Indians from becoming doctors.

Meanwhile, CSMU representative Dr A Subendran expressed shock over MMC’s decision to delay the university’s recognition.

“After eight years of continuous discussions, we are completely surprised with the council’s excuse of requiring more time and that there were still queries to be answered,” he said.

“What is the exact time frame… how long does MMC wants before CSMU can be recognised?” he asked.

Subendran said that all outstanding issues were resolved after MMC top officials visited CSMU last year.

“Just a month ago, CSMU communicated with the MMC secretary enquiring on its status or if there were any shortcomings that needed to be corrected… but MMC stayed mum and did not tell them anything.

“It’s puzzling why so much of time is needed in awarding the recognition when the council had made its decision within a month in several other similar cases.

“We hope the delay is not related to the upcoming general election. The prime minister’s efforts are being jeopardised by civil servants. Instead of providing speedy service, they just drag their feet,” he added.

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Derecognition of Crimea state Media University with 95% Malaysian Indian students : UMNO racist agenda in restricting & shrinking Indian medical doctors in 1 Malay-sia.(See Free Malaysia Today 27/12/12)

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Take on the MMC, PKR man tells MIC

B Nantha Kumar

| December 27, 2012

Party should initiate measures to put pressure on the medical council to drop its racist policies and re-recognise Crimea State Medical University’s degree courses.

PETALING JAYA: The MIC should intervene and address the double standard practised by the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC), Health Ministry and the Higher Education Ministry with regards to students pursuing medical degrees abroad.

Malacca PKR vice president G Rajendran said that, MIC must put pressure its ‘big brother’ Umno to stop MMC’s race-based policies.

Citing the Crimea State Medical University (CSMU), in Ukraine which has been de-recognised by the MMC, Rajendran said the MIC should fight for the affected Indian medical students.

“Despite, the mainstream media having exposed the wrongdoings of MMC on CSMU’s de-regcognition, MIC has kept mum on this issue,” said Rajendran.

“It is already been seven years and the MMC is unwillingly to re-recognise the university and unfortunately, the MIC also ignoring the issue,” he added.

CSMU is an established university which conducts medical degree courses for about RM120,000.

Nearly 1,000 Malaysian students of Indian origin have graduated from the university since 1997 until it was dropped from the list of recognised universities by the MMC in June 2005.

Former MIC vice president S Sothinathan was temporarily suspended from his post of Natural Resources and Environment Deputy Minister for criticising the government over the matter.

MIC former president S SamyVellu also described the MMC decision as a move to prevent more Indians from becoming doctors.

Offshore programmes

The MMC made a visit to CSMU from Oct 17 to Oct 21 after the Cabinet directed the council to resolve the matter.

Rajendran alleged that the visit was just an ‘eye wash’ and why the council took such a long time to give its feedback as it has been two months since the visit.

He said, in 2010, it took just weeks for MMC to give the green light to a local university, Lincoln University College (LUC), to run offshore programmes in three universities in Ukraine.

The three were Ternopil State Medical University, Danylo Halytsky Lviv National Medical University and Ivano Frankivsk National Medical University.

It is learnt that LUC was the only local university to get an approval from MMC to run offshore programmes in unrecognised universities.

The decision left a large group parents fuming, who claimed that LUC stands to rake in millions with the blessing of MMC.

It is reported that the actual cost of completing a medical degree in Ukraine is between RM120,000 and RM130,000.

But with Lincoln being the intermediary, the price will now escalate to nearly RM200,000.

“So, where is the transparency in MMC? And why is MIC still being silent on a matter as serious as this?” asked Rajendran.

MMC secretary must be sacked

Rajendran also highlighted the fact that Malaysian students studying at 11 medical schools in China are one step closer to getting full recognition from the MMC.

“Despite, the Chinese community being overlooked by the MCA in the 2008 general election, the party has kept on fighting for the rights of their community.

“But, here MIC is more interested and preoccupied with party internal fights and the welfare of the leaders’ families,” he added.

Rajendran also suggested that the MIC urge the Federal Government to sack MMC secretary Dr Wan Maslan Mohamed Woojdy.

He cited an e-mail sent by Wan Maslan to the CSMU administration on June 25, 2005 asking for details of Malaysian students in the Ukrainian university.

“In his e-mail Wan Maslan asked the university to provide the race of all Malaysian students in the university. This is a bit weird.

“What good is this going to do. So what if students studying there are Chinese, Indian or Malay… they are all Malaysians,” said Rajendran.

“This evidence enough to take action against Wan Maslan. But the MIC has no guts to step in and initate action against the MMC and Wan Maslan.”

MMC secretary Wan Maslan could not be contacted for comment.

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