Monday, October 5, 2009

Dear Readers & Saudara dalam Perjuangan

Thank you very much for your support so far , I have diverted all of my writings to the following blogs

I do appreciate your comments and constructive feedbacks.

Selamat berjuang to all my fellow Malaysians - A country that is in dire need of a TWO - PARTY SYSTEM.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Another Health Scandal in Sabah -How many more millions of Tax payers money is going to be wasted again?

How many more millions of Tax payers money is going to be wasted again?

A reliable source has been received with regards to the set up of a new company Srinexis Logistics Sdn Bhd formed to take over the sterilization of certain hospitals including QEH, LIkas, Tambunan, ranau, pitas ( the new hospitals which was just started operations 2007) and nearby Kota Kinabalu Klinik Kesihatan and Dental clinics.

The plan to start taking over all of the sterilization process in this hospitals and clinics. The payment would be similar to like Faber. However the quantity but fine details have not been mentioned yet. Target within 6 months time . There was a briefing done last week to representives from all involved facilities. In difficult times, privatization schemes are a burden on facilities run by the government while the allocation has already been cut for medicines and laboratory required reagents and test kits which is more importance to the well being of the patients.

Faber 's allocation has not been reduced even in difficult times because of the concession agreements similar to highway concession company. Similarly to Pharmaniaga Sdn Bhd increased their prices in 2008 another 15% which the government had to pay because the medicine where already used at the old prices. To make matters worse, the companies mentioned has strong linked to the dominant party of BN - UMNO. In bad times like these, where is the priority of the government with reference to health in Sabah.
Does Faber means better support services to the hospital- yes for cleaning, linen and clinical waste management BUT A BIG NO to others totally useless e.g faicility engineering or maintenence of the hospitals- cracks in the building where not prevented and repairs were not done leaks still exist. Biomedical is the worst- the one who repairs in the hospital are diploma holders in electronics who assume every equipment is similar to the hair drier in their house which you change the defective by similar looking parts. subesequantly spoiling forever- x ray machines which last for 15 years are made beyond economic repair within 8 years. It is tatamounting to asking a business graduate assuming to be a medical doctor to treat a diabetic patient, for sure, the diabetic patient's life would be severely threatened in short period of time.

The health privatization is a big shame or scam to the health in Malaysia for we will be producing more cronies, worse still cronies that could not even deliver a decent, reasonable standard of care to the scope work awarded to, thus wasting our tax payers' monet to buy medical equipments, which usually can last 10 years but reduced to a shelf life of 5 years. The money should have been saved to help the poor and needy instead.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Eye sore & Potential Hazard in Kepayan

The public especially the motor vehicles users that frequently patron the Jalan Lintas –Kepayan Highway has complaint to the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (P174/N19) Penampang/ Kepayan Public Complaints Bureau on the potential hazard and also the eyesore of a burnt vehicle that has been left abandoned along the highway over the last 1 month. The vehicle is being sited opposite a row of auto-mechanic shops along the Jalan Lintas-Kepayan towards Lido. In view of the numerous complaints, the public bureau has to bring the attention to the authorities. This matter was brought to the attention of Dr. Roland Chia through the bureau committee Mr. Henry Liew, a spokesman for the bureau.

Motorist complained and asked why the relevant authorities have yet to remove this piece of eyesore after 1 month since the incident has happened If the parts of the vehicle is integrated, it may flung wildly onto passing by vehicles what more nowadays we are experiencing heavy winds. This will invariably caused massive traffic accident and possibly human casualties. Thenafter will cause heavy traffic jam to the already ongoing repair works done to the Jalan Lintas- Kepayan Highway.

PKR PenampangP174/N19 hoped the relevant authorities will take swift action to remove this potential hazard.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Malaysia needs to prioritize the HEALTH AGENDA – The Health Crisis in Sabah.

The recent press statement by the Singapore Government to invest $4billion Singapore dollars in Healthcare Infrastructure over the next 5 years and also the China's Cabinet government in announcing that the country will invest 850 billion yuan (S$187 billion) on improving the health care system over the next three years is a clear indication that these government puts the Health agenda as their top priority in this time of economic gloom.

The most interesting point in these stimulus packages is that both of these governments have made details and clearly indicated how are the billions of dollars are to be spent. On the top of the agenda will be including a revamp of public hospitals, redevelopment of older hospitals, medical centres, building new community hospitals and boosting capabilities in treating chronic diseases such as strokes, kidney failure and other age related conditions.

For eg in China, the central government is committed to commence construction of about 2,000 county- level hospitals over the next three years, with work scheduled to start this year. The goal is to ensure each county has at least one hospital operating at national standards.

There is a stark contrast as compared to Malaysia. The latest being, Petronas has built a 6- star private Medical Centre in the heart of the Klang Valley – called Prince Court Medical Centre . This centre mainly caters for medical tourism and high end paying medical clients in which a majority of Malaysians who are in the middle income bracket and below will not be able to enjoy there high rates of medical fees.

Therefore it is time for the government of Malaysia and Malaysia’s GLCs to review these issues in the upcoming or subsequent stimulus budgets in putting the country back on track. The government needs to put health as their top priority in their budget. As the saying goes – YOUR HEALTH IS YOUR WEALTH.

The second issue is - the critical healthcare delivery system in the State of Sabah with specific reference to the present crisis in Queen Elizabeth Hospital and many more remote areas which have yet to benefit from a local district hospital. I believe there are many real life stories that are being mentioned of how the present crisis has caused great grief and pain to patients either waiting for long hours for elective surgery and of course those who required acute / emergency management due to MotorVehicleAccidents or rapid deterioration of health.

The population of Sabah and Singapore is quite close in terms of figures i.e Sabah (3.4 Million) and Singapore (3.8 Million). Once Sabah and Singapore were partners in forming the Malaysian Federation 1963, now the former struggles to have a state/regional hospital while the later boast of the state of the art medical services to adequately serve both the local population and also the tourist who throngs into the country state to seek medical treatment. This is also in contrast to where Singapore can boast to be the most affluent state country in the Asia Pacific Region if not in the world while Sabah as according the 9th Malaysian Plan (9MP) is the second poorest state in Malaysia after Kelantan. To make matters worst, at least Kelantan can boast of a well established USM Medical School and a University Hospital that would cater the health needs of the people of Kelantan, as compared to Sabah, we are still waiting for the completion of a University Hospital in UMS whilst still waiting for the first foundation stone to be laid for the new regional/tertiary hospital.

I believe the health issue in Sabah should not be politicized because it has become well beyond critical. Rather the people of Sabah deserves to know how many billions that the government is going to pour into the health needs in Sabah , after all many billions of oil and gas revenue has been extracted from Sabah for the noble course of nation building.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Fail to Plan , Plan to Fail (Part III) - Penampang District Hospital

The District of Penampang Needs A District Hospital Urgently

The District of Penampang needs a district hospital urgently. There is a district hospital each in Kudat (170 beds), Kota Marudu(170bed), Pitas, Papar, Keningau and also Tuaran etc etc ; in actual fact each district in the state of Sabah has a district hospital, so why Penampang has yet to have one its own district hospital.

This need is even more critical in view of the recent physical developments in Queen Elizabeth Hospital. If the authorities concern had the foresight and vision, the Penampang District Hospital should have been built 10 years ago, then the hospital in Penampang will be a place where part of deployment of services and wards from the recent building crisis in Queen Elizabeth Hospital can be situated without moving to other district hospitals that is geographically inconvenient to the general public or the rakyat.

Many claimed before Queen Elizabeth Hospital is in Penampang, however, Queen Elizabeth Hospital is primarily a tertiary hospital and is also a teaching hospital for the State of Sabah, so there is no question at all in terms of justifying another district hospital in Penampang.

It is quite disheartening because Penampang is one of the fastest growing districts towards municipality status in terms of modernization and urbanization in terms of development i.e. 3 cultural centres (KDCA, Monsopiod & Penampang Cultural Centre), a state of the art 10 Million dollar District Office and having the longest mall in Sabah called megalong yet Penampnag can only boast of one public health clinic and one more in the conception plus some rural health clinics.

With the recent rapid development of residential areas in Penampang all along Jalan Bundusan, Jalan Penampang and Jalan Papar lama, it is all more than justifiable to have a district hospital which offers basic outpatient and inpatient services (Medicine, Surgery, Obstetric and Gynecology), thus this will further reduce and ease the congestion in Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

I believe, the issue of a hospital in Penampang should not be politicized as many residents especially from the rural pockets of the Penampang area have yet to have access to basic health care, many of the villagers that I know of had to collect money from the neighbors in order to make a decent trip to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in order to seek medical attention. Why can’t we have a hospital in Penampang to reach out to their needs? If an airport terminal can be built within 18 months, I do not see why a district hospital cannot be built within 24 months. We urge the relevant authorities to look into this matter seriously. – for the sake of the people in Penampang and beyond.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Delay in Railway Upgrade Works From Tg Aru to Tenom - To Fail to Plan is To Plan to Fail

The Delay in Railway Upgrading Works from Tg Aru to Tenom
To Fail To Plan is To Plan To Fail (Part II)

The recent controversial issue of the railway track between the State Railway Terminal in Tanjong Aru and Putatan Town and further on to Tenom is another heartbreaking event to the people of Sabah especially to those who are residing and running their business in the vicinity.
The delay 137 days and 83 days respectively of completing the railway upgrade works which resulted in the fining of the two company concern (Suria Capital Holdings & Hikmat Asia Sdn Bhd) is a proof that the contractors concerns are not carrying out their duty professionally. When I was working overseas, there was hardly any delay when comes to completing any government infrastructures, because the contractors concern will work round the clock rain or shine to ensure the dateline is being made.
Among the complains were
Protests from residents. Our Question is simple : Why were these issues not resolved before the works began?
The safety of the students who studies in SRJK( C) Hwa Shiong and Jalan Takis of which the main access to the school is right in front of the railway track which will pose a hazard to the pedestrians?
The closure of illegal crossings near Putatan Stations Many developments especially commercial developments have started very near to the Putatan Stations which resulted in drop of business who operates in the vicinity as the access road provided by the developers were deemed as illegal by the Railway Stations.

Many residents and business operators when asked were visibly very upset because their elected representatives have turned a deaf ear to their cry. This has caused them much anxiety as their school children’s safety are affected, their business plans (both present and future) are also affected.
Our question is who should be the team leader in handling this project? What are the roles of the elected representatives in those areas who are affected? Why are they not taking part in ensuring the infrastructures are being implemented without having to come to such a mess. The answer is simple : “ To Fail to Plan is to Plan to Fail” and it has cost the tax payers money of RM334.8 Million Ringgit.
Therefore, we should take heed to the famous sayings of the President Elect of USA- Barrack Obama, : This is the time to Change so that the government is by the People For the People and not for the Irresponsible Politicians.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Parking Woes in Lido, Tmn Chemei in N19 Kepayan

P174 Penampang Division – N19 Kepayan Public Complaints Bureau.
7 Jan 2009 Re : Parking Woes in Taman Chemei, Lido Shop House
Shop owners and business traders of LidoShop Houses Taman Chemei are unhappy with the current traffic jam in the area. PKR Penampang Division- Deputy Chief Dr. Roland Chia revealed today.
The reason being, a rental car company based in Taman Chemei, Lido Shop House has been parking at least 10 of their commercial vehicles the parking lot for long hours thus denying traders and customers the facilities to park their vehicles.
Shop traders of Lido, Taman Chemei Shp houses are unhappy, business has dropped recently due to economic recession and this is compounded by frustrated customers and public who are driven away due to difficulty in finding car parks in the area.
A frustrated Public Bank Lido customer was at the scene told the complaints bureau that many have gone to other branches because of the acute shortage of car parks.
PKR Kepayan wish to seek answers from DBKK on the licensing requirements of car rental companies operating in busy commercial areas. By right, they should have a car yard to store all their cars so as not to deprive the public from the difficulties of getting car parks.
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