In his article “Check diseases coming in the back door”, V. K. Chin, an editorial adviser to the star, comments about the reasons and also the dangerous of diseases that spread all over in Malaysia by the foreign workers. This is a quite serious problem if the diseases really spread fast in our country. The author of this comment is Datuk V. K. Chin, he is a writer for The Star Newspaper. He often writes his comment about current issues in The Star Newspaper. This article was his comment which prints on 6 Chin started his comment with his opinion.
He feels that, the government especially the health ministry did not success in stops the diseases from spreading in Malaysia. For him, the health ministry did not taking all the necessary precautions to stop the pneumonic plague in India from spreading in our country. He also mentioned about the success of the health ministry in stopping such dangerous diseases from coming in by the front door. But the diseases most properly are likely to come in by the back door and threaten the health of all Malaysian.
Because of the disease are making their way to Malaysia via both legal and illegal foreign workers, so V. K. Chin think the health ministry should have a better plan to ensure that those workers coming to Malaysia are healthy before they had been employed. V. K. Chin, the best way to solve this disease problem is to screen all foreign workers who wish to work at our country. The screen test can be done in the foreign workers country or in Malaysia but all must be done according to Malaysia standards. V. K. Chin also had some comment on our local doctors. He said that some local doctors will just spent minimum time for the foreign workers.
This is because there are too many people that need to do the medical checkups. Unlike local doctors, foreign doctors do not take shortcuts to earn a comfortable income or enjoy a better lifestyle. There are some doctors in Malaysia who is rather liberal in issuing medical chits to their patients to ensure more business. V. K. Chin also had mentioned about the unhappy s. V. K. Chin had an opinion said that our local doctors would not spend much time or just used minimum time on checking the foreign workers, so this was the reason why the disease can’t stop successfully.
I disagree with V. K. Chin opinion. This is because as my information, the medical examination of foreign workers is just a normal screening test. So, I dun think the doctors need to spend too much time on a foreign worker. This also because the medical examination only reflects the individual’s health status at the time of the medical examination, it did not guarantee one-hundred percents the foreign workers will be healthy during all the time they work in Malaysia and won’t get the disease. So, I dun doctors should spend too much time on checking the workers.
If the doctor spends a lot of time on checking certain workers, it will waste the time of the doctor and also the time of all workers; it also cannot guarantee the disease will go far away and disappear from our country. I not support his opinion because using minimum time to do the checkups will not affect the effectively or standards of the checkups. This is because the doctors will do periodic or further medical examination if the screening test show the foreign worker got problem or not healthy.
Then the doctors can stop the disease when they get the detail from the periodic test. So, I support doctor should not waste too much time on screening test. K. Chin also complained that some doctors in Malaysia are rather liberal in issuing medical chits to their patients or foreign workers to ensure more business. I feel very sad and strongly disagree with this statement. As a Malaysian, V. K. Chin did not have confidence and did not believe local doctors, this is not a good thinking. This kind thinking is very not fair to our local doctors.
This is because maybe some of the local doctors act like that but not all of them. As I know, only all registered doctors can do the medical checkups of the foreign workers in Malaysia. So all the doctors who doing the checkups sure got their own qualification and standards. Because of that, V. K. Chin should not say local doctors just want profits and simply chits the patients. Besides that, I also believe Malaysia’s doctors have high moral value and nice heart. They won’t do this kind of unmoral things. I did not denial that, maybe there are some doctors had been errant.
But I think if they had been caught by the responsible sector, they will lost their permit or disqualify from doing the checkups. Although there are some had been errant, but I still believe and confidence with local doctors, and strongly disagree with V. K. Chin. For me, local doctors always the best. According to V. K. Chin, many checkups of foreign workers done in overseas or private sector and not conducted locally pr in public sector. In last two paragraphs V. K. Chin state that Malaysian doctors unhappy because the medical examination not done by them only.
He also adds that, our country doctors also feel that they have been deprived of a lucrative business if the screening tests are not done in public sector or in Malaysia. In my opinion, I did not feel the government will arrange all the medical checkups in overseas or private sector. I strongly confidence our government sure has their own reason to conduct medical checkups in private sector also. As I know, according to Federation of Private Medical Practitioners Association Malaysia FPMPAM, the medical examinations of foreign workers were normally done in the Health Ministry’s hospitals and clinics.
But about few years ago, the number of foreign workers who wish to work in Malaysia would increase rapidly. This is because the economy down and the foreign workers difficult to get work and survive in their own country, so they come to Malaysia to find work. Because of that, the workload of checking foreign workers also became heavy. So, the health ministry decided to let the private sector do the checkups also. If not, public sector can’t do all of the checking on time. So, I support the arrangement of the health ministry and I also confidence with our local doctors that they won’t be unhappy with this.
This is because Malaysian doctors very professional and will understand the reason of government. Actually in this kind of problem, everybody have difference opinion on it. Datuk V. K. Chin feels that, the diseases will spread all over Malaysia because the health ministry did not success in stopping it. He also think there are not enough strict when the medical checkups for the foreign workers been done. This is his opinion, but I disagree with him. For me, the health ministry already done their best, we cannot blame the entire fault to them.
This is because not they dun want stop the diseases problem, they already did all the necessary things and already try many ways, but they can’t stop it 100%. So they should not be blame on the problem. Besides that, I also think the standard of the medical examination already good, no need become stricter. This is because we cannot sure 100 % the reasons of can’t stop the disease is the checkups not enough strict. There are many more reasons that maybe made the disease spread in Malaysia. As a conclusion, I strongly disagree with V. K. Chin comment and I hope the problem can solve as soon as possible.