SIBU: SUPP Education Bureau is disappointed that its request to the Federal Government that priority be given to post Sarawakian and Sabahan medical officers (MOs) to hospitals in their home states has not gotten any response.
In a press conference, bureau chief Datuk Ding Kuong Hiing urged MPs from Sabah and Sarawak to continue to fight for the move, in the line with the Borneonisation policy under MA1963.
The Meradong assemblyman said the bureau had forwarded a letter of appeal to all 222 MPs recently to address the plight of MOs who were granted six-month contracts.
Their main requests include asking the government to engage the 79 MOs, either permanently or on a 10-year contract basis; and to upgrade salaries of MOs on contract from the UD41 to UD43 payscale.
Another request is for the Health Ministry to offer contract MOs who intend to pursue specialist programmes or postgraduate courses with long term contracts or scholarships.
Ding said they have learned that the Malaysian Medical Association and Health Ministry met on July 2 in Kuala Lumpur, and had reached a few agreements.
Both sides are said to have agreed to upgrade the salary of contract MOs from UD41 to UD43, where additional funding needed by the Health Ministry has been forwarded to the Public Service Department and the Finance Ministry, while the Health Ministry was also looking into the suggestion to extend the contract for those getting specialist training.