Why was the Agong involved in the sacking of the doctor who was the head of orthopaedics at a hospital in the Klang Valley?

Today, the Ministry of Health reported that it had sacked the head of the orthopaedic department at a hospital in Klang Valley.

Last September a special committee had been set up to investigate the allegations about this man’s sexual advances against trainee doctors. The committee completed their investigations on 23 October.

Minister of Health, Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad, confirmed that the doctor’s services had been terminated on 14 November and said, “The Yang di-Pertuan Agong consented to the termination of the doctor’s services.”

Why is the Agong’s consent needed to terminate this pervert’s services? What if the Agong had refused? 

The pervert doctor should be investigated, charged and exposed for his crimes.

Will the people who helped in previous cover-ups be investigated and made to face justice too?

Last August, The Star, reported that the Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister, Hannah Yeoh, suggested a possible cover-up and she was investigating the claims that no action had been taken after victims had lodged complaints against the department head.

She said, “In this particular case, it is about who covered up (the complaints).

“The victims claimed they reported to the authorities but there had been no action. We are looking into that.”

We would like to know how long this pervert had been committing his depraved activities?

Will more victims come forward now?

Will the people who helped to cover-up the investigations be charged too?

Lacking laws that deal specifically with sexual harassment.

Last August, the Malaysia Medical Association (MMA) president, Dr Mohamed Namazie Ibrahim, said that more victims had finally found the courage to come forward and lodge complaints.

He feared that there were other cases that had not been reported due to fear of victim blaming and discrimination among colleagues, including the fear of losing their jobs. He said, “Malaysia does not have any law that deals specifically with sexual harassment in the work place.”

Why is the Agong involved in this sacking? 

There are some serious questions to be answered.

  1. Since when is the Agong involved in the sacking of doctors? Is this a new policy in Malaysia Baru, or is it a throwback from the previous regime? Involving the King in the sacking of doctors or any other civil servants, does NOT instil confidence in the rakyat. Need we say more?

2. When will the sexual predator face criminal charges?

3. When will he be named? People do not want to be treated by such a person.

4. Which hospital in the Klang Valley was the doctor practising? Who were the superiors who initiated the cover up? Or was it Health Ministry officials who forced the cover-up? Name the co conspirators.

5. When will this sexual pest be struck off the medical register? Or will he be allowed to practise in another location, perhaps under another name and continue making sexual advances?

6. How fast can the MPs table a law that deals with sexual harassment? Does this mean, that for the past 61 years, we were living in a lawless land where sexual predators knew there were relatively safe?

 

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  • Mani says:

    Understand the Doctor was serving in Sg Buloh Hospital and was earlier asked to continue the services… This case is easily mor than a year old and yet no Health Ministry officials had the guts to do the right thing. It’s shame. We are stooping so low to not having the guts to handle such ‘atrocities’ without fear or favour.

  • A Razak Ramli says:

    Those who write articles or make comments on issues that they are not familiar with is doing a disservice to the New Malaysia.
    Please understand that recruitment, discipline and firing in the Public Service need to follow procedures and rules.
    Any allegation of misconduct that warrant action will need to go through investigation, and the deliberation of a properly constituted disciplinary committee. This is to ensure a fair ‘trial’ and protect any civil servant from frivolous accusations. With strong evidence on such misconduct, the disciplinary committee will recommend action, in this case firing of the medical officer, to the Medical Services Commission that appointed the officer. The process need to ensure that the accused be heard and provide his defence. Such a serious case usually takes time to ensure that justice is done and is seen to be done.
    I believe in this case, the conclusion of the disciplinary committee was based on strong evidence and that the defence of the accused could not be accepted.
    In order to fast track the firing, I believe the authorities went to get the consent of the Agong as the appointment of members of the Medical Services Commission is made under the powers vested in the Agong. The Agong has no personal interest in the case other than to expedite the decision to fire the medical officer according to the evidence presented to him and the recommendation that the firing be done immediately!

  • Zamani ahmad says:

    Provided for in our constitution Article 132that all public servants holds their offices at the King’s pleasure. Thus requires King’s consent in the event terminating any servant to be difficult I assume.

  • A Mutalib Razak says:

    The Minister of Health should give a statement to state why the Agong has to consent to the sacking of the doctor and under what circumstances and law that needs the King to decide

  • Nagsmuthu says:

    Good to know action has been taken finally. But I am also puzzled by King being involved in this matter.

  • chng kooi seng says:

    This is the state of affairs in Malaysia after 61 yrs of ketuanan and NEP. Malays have rotted to the core; thats why this pervert can carry on for so many years and even after police reports were made, he and his father conspired to cheat the law. Police reports by the victims went missing; ministry officials were threatened/bribed; and finally the Agong had to do the dirty job of sacking him. This could have been done by the Ministry of Health. Another sign of rot in Malay society

  • Lincoln Tan. says:

    Yes, rightly so the Minister of health should come out with a statement why Agong must be consulted, so as to allay the fears and doubts of the general public. Come on Minister this is PH and all things must be transparent. Cheers.

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