Hannah Yeoh: Sexual harassment probe of KL hospital doctor to wrap up next week

KUALA LUMPUR: Investigations into the case of a senior doctor alleged to have sexually harassed female housemen in his hospital will be completed next week, says Women, Family and Community Development Deputy Minister Hannah Yeoh.

She said the independent body looking into the case had launched a two-week investigation and would conclude their findings soon.

As there is no Sexual Harassment Act in place yet, she said, the case needed to be investigated under the Penal Code and according to the 2005 civil service guidelines relating to sexual harassment in the workplace.

“For now the enquiry is based on the civil service guidelines first.

"The worst-case scenario is for the (perpetrator) to be dismissed,” she told The Star in an interview on Thursday (Aug 16).

The Star had reported on July 29 that the head of the orthopaedics department at a hospital in the Klang Valley had allegedly been sexually harassing female housemen for years.

Yeoh, who is also the Segambut MP, said some of the victims had also lodged complaints with the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC) following the media reports.

“MMC will be doing their own separate enquiry (into this case), and they will impose their own sentence if they find there has been wrongdoing,” she said, adding it was possible that the doctor’s licence to practise medicine would be revoked.

Thirty-eight complaints against this doctor have been received within the few weeks since Health Minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad announced a direct channel for complainants to lodge their reports, Yeoh said.

Meanwhile, Bukit Gelugor MP Ramkarpal Singh, who is the victims’ legal representative, said he would be advising his clients on how to proceed once the outcome of the investigation is made known.

“No finding has been made yet in regard to his guilt, but when many (people) make similar complaints against the same person, those complaints should be taken seriously,” he said.

Ramkarpal said tighter legislation was needed for a long-term solution to sexual harassment, which could be in the form of verbal sexual harassment as well.

His motion to debate the issue was rejected by the Parliament Speaker Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof on Wednesday (Aug 15).


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