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Doctors’ code of conduct must be amended before they can perform hudud amputations

MMA president Datuk Dr NKS Tharmaseelan says doctors face disciplinary action if they fail to abide by the Code of Professional Conduct. – The Malaysian Insider pic, May 4, 2014.

Those who want surgeons to carry out hudud punishments should work to change the doctors’ Code of Professional Conduct before demanding they be mandated to perform amputations, the Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) said.

MMA president Datuk Dr NKS Tharmaseelan told The Malaysian Insider that until that happened, doctors would have to abide by the Medical Act which is under the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC).

“The present Medical Act is based almost entirely on the Hippocratic Oath and regulates how doctors practise. MMA is thus duty bound to advise doctors to follow the law.

“We do not want doctors to fall foul of the law. Doing such amputations will certainly be met with disciplinary action by the MMC,” he said.

Dr Tharmaseelan was responding to pro-hudud groups who have flayed the MMA head for suggesting that the PAS-led Kelantan state government use the services of butchers instead of surgeons to carry out hudud punishments.

Ikatan Pengamal Perubatan dan Kesihatan Muslim Malaysia (I-Medik) chairman Prof Dr Azmi Md Nor had said Dr Tharmaseelan’s comments were unprofessional and did not take into consideration the feelings of Muslims.

Dr Azmi had said Muslim doctors not only carry out their duties according to the Islamic medical oath, but are also in full support of Shariah law.

He said the MMA president’s statements were made in haste without any effort to understand the importance of Shariah law to the public, especially to Muslims and the thousands of Muslim medical professionals in the country.

In response, Dr Tharmaseelan said that the MMA has always shown respect to all religions and races.

“MMA is certainly not qualified to discuss or comment on religious or any other issues other than medical ones. MMA has not done so either but amputation is a medical issue,” he told The Malaysian Insider.

The Islamic Medical Association of Malaysia (Imam), in expressing its support for the proposed hudud law, had also taken Dr Tharmaseelan to task for his “lack of sensitivity”.

It had also said that since the moral punishment for hudud is to inflict pain, fear, remorse and repentance and since a surgeon could not perform amputations without anaesthesia, it would defeat the underlying principle of hudud.

“The moral of punishment for hudud is to inflict pain, fear, remorse and repentance on the convicted, as a lesson not to repeat the crime, and the public execution is a strong deterrent to future criminal acts,” said its president Dr Abdul Rahim Mohamad.

“Thus, undertaking the amputation under anaesthesia defeats the underlying principle of hudud. This, however, is a point of serious contention between the various schools of thought and Imam is open to other evidence-based and Shariah-compliant opinions which best prescribe the active role of the Muslim physician.”

Dr Tharmaseelan, however, pointed out that in Malaysia there is only one regulatory body – the MMC – that enforces medical ethics and practice.

“The MMC has codified Medical Practice and Ethics in the Code of Professional Conduct. In addition, it has spelt out extensively the dos and don’ts in the guidelines of the MMC which are updated from time to time,” he added.

He reiterated that MMA had never suggested any alternative method of amputation of limbs, adding that such methods would still be unlawful under the Act.

“As the Medical Act stands, and as concurred by the Health Minister recently, it is against medical ethics and practice to force a surgeon to do such amputations,” Dr Tharmaseelan said. – May 4, 2014.

via Doctors’ code of conduct must be amended before they can perform hudud amputations – MSN Malaysia News.

Dr Subra mum on MMC officials’ alleged corruption


PETALING JAYA: Health Minister Dr S Subramaniam has been chided by a PKR leader over his silence in regards to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) investigation on two Malaysian Medical Council (MMC) officials.

Speaking to FMT, Malacca PKR vice chairman G Rajendran has accused Dr Subramaniam in giving special treatment to the two officers.

According to him, on Sep 23, the current deputy health minister Dr Hilmi Yahya had confirmed in parliament that MACC was investigating two MMC officials for corruption and power abuse.

“The two MMC officials are its secretary Dr Wan Mazlan Mohd Woojdy and council member Dr Abdul Hamid Abd Kadir.”

It is learnt that Wan Mazlan is being investigated for an alleged abuse of power during his visit to three Ukrainian universities in 2011 in an exercise to approve offshore medical programmes for a local private college, Lincoln University College (LUC).

During that time he also went to Austria from Feb 13 to 16, and Dublin from Feb 16 to 25, prior to arriving in Ukraine for his official work. According to a source, the entire trip including to Austria and Dublin was financed by LUC.

On the other hand, Abdul Hamid was alleged to have forced Crimea State Medical University (CSMU) to pay his one-way business class flight ticket to London, ahead of the accreditation visit to Ukraine from Oct 17 to 21 in 2012.

“Since Dr Hilmi confirmed the two were being investigated by MACC, the question now is; why the health ministry has not suspended them pending the investigation outcome?” asked Rajendran.

He cited the ‘khalwat’ case involving the former MMC president Dr Hasan Abdul Rahman; where upon the health ministry suspended him pending investigation, as an immediate measure.

Thereafter, Dr Hasan was demoted when the investigation was completed.

“Why are these 2 officials receiving special treatment as compared to Dr Hasan?” he asked.

Rajendran also added that Abdul Hamid was once again elected as MMC council member, though the investigation is going on.

“This is a very serious issue and we want Dr Subramaniam to explain why there is no action taken against them,” he said.

Despite FMT sending an email and reminder to Dr Subramaniam, he declined to answer on this matter.

Meanwhile, a top level officer in MACC confirmed with FMT that Wan Mazlan’s file has been forwarded to the Attorney General’s office for further action.

via Dr Subra mum on MMC officials’ alleged corruption | Free Malaysia Today.

Make CSMU findings public, Liow tells MMC

The former health minister urges the Malaysian Medical Council to make its visit report to the Ukrainian university public to allay concerns on CSMU’s deregistration.


PETALING JAYA: Former health minister Liow Tiong Lai today urged the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC) to make its findings on Crimea State Medical University (CSMU) public to ally public concerns.

“MMC must make its findings public on why it made a decision to derecognise CSMU,” he told FMT today.

CSMU, a Ukrainian-based medical university, was derecognised in 2005 but MMC failed to make public on the reasons behind its decision.

Former MIC president S Samy Vellu had accused MMC of being racially motivated in its decision as the majority of students enrolled from Malaysia in CSMU were Indians.

Due to increasing public pressure with the support of some NGOs, MMC decided to revisit the university in October 2012 but to date, the government agency has not made its findings public.

On why CSMU was derecognised in the first place, Liow defended MMC, saying the medical body made a professional decision on the matter.

“It was deregistered in 2005 because CSMU did not perform to MMC’s requirements. The latter made another visit during my tenure but the university still failed to meet the standards.

“So MMC made a professional decision and I urge all quarters to respect it,” said the MCA deputy president.

CSMU is a prominent university in Europe where more than 60 medical councils and boards have recognised its quality.

The derecognition of the university has put many Malaysian medical students in a lurch as they are unable to practice locally with their CSMU degree. Even a temporary solution for them to sit for a local certification has been suspended.

via Make CSMU findings public, Liow tells MMC | Free Malaysia Today.

Public can soon find out if doctors are genuine experts in their field

SUBANG: It will soon be compulsory for some 5,000 specialist doctors to register with the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC) under the latest amendments to the Medical Act 1971.

The amended law calls for the creation of a specialist registry under the MMC.

“Members of the public can refer to the registry on the council’s website to find out if the doctor attending to them is a genuine specialist in their respective field,” Health Minis­ter Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said after launching the Health Clinic Advisory Council seminar yesterday.

He said the registry would prevent cases of cardiologists performing the task of an orthopaedist or a dermatologist carrying out plastic surgery despite not being a specialist in that area.

However, he said the registry would not prevent a specialist from registering as a multi-medical expert if he or she was qualified.

Liow also said that about 35,000 doctors would have to renew their annual practising licence that would also include a point-based system to ensure that they keep abreast of the latest medical developments.

“For example, they will have to attend seminars or conventions to show that they keep abreast of the latest developments and consistently acquire new knowledge,” he said.

He warned that doctors who failed to renew their annual licence for a period of six years would be barred from practice and would be required to sit for a test before a new licence was issued.

He said the new regulations were among the amendments to the Medical Act 1971 that had been tabled in Parliament earlier last week and expected to be passed at the next sitting.

On a separate matter, Liow said the role of 661 health clinic advisory councils would be expanded to oversee community-based health programmes for about 2,000 village clinics throughout the country.

He said the councils, made up of 9,896 volunteers, had received RM3.5mil for various programmes.

Liow added that RM12mil had also been set aside for health carnivals at the district and village levels.

Read More: The Star

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