Abolish compulsory government service

  • Letters
  • Friday, 29 Jul 2016

MY son graduated as a dental surgeon from a local private university on December 2015 after five years of intensive study and spending a few hundred thousand dollars. Sadly, he is still waiting to be called for an interview for the one-year compulsory government service and is not gainfully employed.

I understand from reading the newspapers that there are not enough vacancies for dental surgeons in government hospitals. In this situation, I certainly do not understand why the one-year compulsory government service is still not abolished. Can the Health Ministry or Malaysia Dental Council (MDC) offer some sensible and more logical explanation? I am sure others who are in the same boat as my son, and their parents too, will appreciate being enlightened on this.

This waiting period is a trying and demoralising time for my son who is eager to serve the people in this beautiful country.

And while he is waiting, he is wasting his life away and suffering financial loss too.

Why can’t the MDC issue a temporary annual practising certificate to newly-graduated dental surgeons to allow them to work in a private clinic until the Government is ready to take them? After all, they are fully qualified to practise in accordance with worldwide standards.

My son borrowed RM100,000 from PTPTN to finance his course. If he is gainfully employed now, he can start to repay the loan.

I look forward to an immediate solution from the intelligent and efficient officials at the Health Ministry and MDC.


Subang Jaya

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