PENANG: The Government has pledged to help bear the cost of the qualifying examinations for 180 Malaysian doctors with foreign medical degrees which are not recognised by the Public Service Department (PSD).
MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad told him during a meeting yesterday that the Government would help lessen the burden for doctors who had graduated from unrecognised universities in Russia, India and Indonesia.
He said under the Health Ministry system, doctors who were from unrecognised universities needed to pay RM5,000 to undergo a six-month qualifying examination at either Universiti Sains Malaysia, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia or Universiti Malaya before they could register locally as a doctor.
“I thank him deeply for the offer,” Samy Vellu told reporters at the MIC fund-raising dinner here last night.
The 180 doctors had sought Samy Vellu’s help last month.
Earlier, Samy Vellu thanked the MIC divisions of Bukit Bendera, Bayan Baru, Jelutong, Tanjung and Balik Pulau for raising RM122,503 for the Asian Institute of Medicine, Science and Technology (AIMST) fund.
He said the AIMST project was scheduled for completion by June next year and that to date the Penang MIC had contributed a total of RM1.2mil.
The MIC divisions nationwide had collected RM18mil while he had collected RM30mil.