KUCHING: The Sarawak United People's Party's (SUPP) education bureau has formed an apolitical group to push for junior doctors to be given permanent posts, especially in Sabah and Sarawak.
This comes after 79 medical officers (MOs), who were offered six-month contracts to serve in various hospitals in Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia, approached the bureau for assistance.
Malaysian Junior Doctors 2020 protem chairman Datuk Ding Kuong Hiing and secretary Wong Ching Yong said it was "inappropriate and unkind" to offer a six-month contract to the MOs, particularly in view of the Covid-19 outbreak.
"(The MOs) are risking (their) young lives to save the lives of others. But very likely (they) will be abandoned by the government after the expiration of the six-month contract.
"There is no bright professional future for (them) in this country if the Public Services Commission and Health Ministry cannot offer permanent posts or contracts of at least 10 years," they said in an open letter to the Prime Minister, 222 MPs and Health director-general on Tuesday (June 30).
Ding, who is SUPP education bureau chairman, and Wong also said doctors in Sabah and Sarawak were "unfairly treated" in the allocation of permanent posts in both states.
They noted that in January this year, less than 10% of 100 permanent posts in Sarawak hospitals were given to Sarawakian MOs.
"Of the 100 offered permanent posts, 28 rejected and two resigned. The 30 posts were given to other MOs from other states.
"MOs from Peninsular Malaysia will not serve Sarawak for long because Sarawak is not their home. Priority must be given to Sabah and Sarawak MOs for permanent posts in Sabah and Sarawak.
"The unfair treatment of MOs from Sabah and Sarawak is against the Borneonisation (of the civil service) as promised in the Malaysia Agreement 1963," they said, adding that at least four MOs from Sarawak were denied permanent posts without reason.
Ding and Wong also said the government was obliged to offer permanent posts to doctors in view of the shortage of specialists in Malaysia.
They said doctors who had partially passed their postgraduate specialist examinations should be given priority for consideration of permanent posts.
"If not, these doctors would never become specialists. There are still insufficient specialists in Malaysia, who only number about 7,000 in all," they said.
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