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Government Doctors Continue To Draw Flak For Opposing Transfers To Sabah And Sarawak

Government Doctors Continue To Draw Flak For Opposing Transfers To Sabah And Sarawak

The refusal to serve in Borneo came at a time when doctors had demanded better job security and patient workload.

Fernando Fong

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Netizens have launched a stinging attack on government doctors who refused to comply with transfer norms.

Many government doctors have been asked by the Health Ministry (KKM) to serve in Sabah and Sarawak and this has caused dissatisfaction among them.

The Hartal Doktor Kontrak movement blamed the government for leaving them with no choice but to quit their job.

Doctors Slammed For Being Choosy

Many netizens came forward to give their opinions and question why doctors and medical practitioners in the country seem to choose which state to work in.

Some feel that Sabah and Sarawak are being alienated because there are doctors who are willing to lose their jobs simply because they refuse to be sent there.

Others pointed out that all civil servants are subjected to transfers and not just doctors only.

However, some feel it’s understandable if doctors choose not to serve in Sabah and Sarawak as everyone has their struggles.

They acknowledged that Semenanjung people are reluctant to move there mainly because it’s far from their family.

Some have to be separated from their spouses and kids if they move.

Netizens said the real issue is the failure to produce enough doctors from Sabahans and Sarawakians.

Striking Doctors Say They Are Not Discriminating Sabah And Sarawak

In August last year, Gerakan Hartal Doktor Kontrak had questioned the KKM’s action which only opened placements in the Sabah and Sarawak.

They pointed said it does not make sense as the issue of shortage of doctors covers the whole country.

It claimed that there were some initial groups of medical officers who got offers to work in the two states involved.

They were promised various benefits before they were but were not fulfilled.

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Gerakan Hartal Doktor Kontrak said the issue being played out as if the contract doctor rejecting this offer is necessary to Sabah and Sarawak.

They insist it’s not a matter of placement to where the doctors are sent but every state is experiencing a shortage of doctors.

The movement was responding to a statement by KKM that only 200 of the 300 medical officers appointed by the ministry were willing to be based in Sabah and Sarawak.

Lack Of Job Security For Contract Doctors

The Hartal Doktor Kontrak movement issued a three-week ultimatum to the government last year.

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They demanded permanent positions for all contract doctors through transparent selection criteria.

@fahizariff Kalau sharpie boleh permanent, kenapa mereka tidak? #hartaldoktorkontrak #sinarharian #tiktoknews @sinarharianonline ♬ original sound – NerdAF

The movement which comprises junior doctors nationwide had threatened to protest with a strike and go on leave unless their demands are met.

The movement even submitted a memorandum to the government to inform of their demands.

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In February, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced that 4,186 additional permanent posts will be created in the ministry by June.

The move has been well-received by contract doctors nationwide.


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