Red tape delays return of specialists


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 06 Dec 2005

MALAYSIAN medical specialists and researchers working abroad have been slow in responding to the call for them to return home to work. 

Health Ministry parliamentary secretary Lee Kah Choon said many of them were willing to return but were put off by the slow process of getting travel documents for their spouses.  

Lee said the ministry had been encouraging Malaysians to return to the country, adding that the Government was also giving incentives to woo the professionals. 

He said these included income tax exemption and two approved permits for them to bring back two cars from overseas.  

Meanwhile, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk M. Kayveas said all cases of death in police custody would be brought before a magistrate for an inquest to be carried out.  

He said the public prosecutor had issued a directive on this matter. 

“If a magistrate finds after an inquest that a police officer or personnel had acted not in accordance with the law, appropriate action will be taken,” he said.  

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