Posted: 16 Nov 2011 06:05 AM PST
DAP National Deputy Chairman and MP for Kepong Dr Tan Seng Giaw calls on the Health Ministry to reviews ways which are used to help patients who cannot afford the treatment in public clinics and hospitals.
Make it easier for truly deserving patients to have access to Tabung Bantuan Perubatan (Medical Aid Fund).
On 16.11.2011, Dr Tan spoke at the committee stage in Parliament on the budgetary allocation of RM18.9 billion for the Health Ministry.
Poor patients in the world cannot afford medical treatment. This is particularly true for patients with chronic ailments such as heart disease.
To get medical treatment in public and private clinics and hospitals, patients often have to borrow, amounting to perhaps thousands of ringgits. Some who can afford it refuse to pay. Many are genuinely poor.
The minister talks of various ways for deserving patients to get reduction in payment, such as paying only RM500. There is Tabung Bantuan Perubatan (Medical Aid Fund).
We hope the ministry reviews the various ways to help deserving patients.
Tan Seng Giaw
Posted: 16 Nov 2011 02:29 AM PST
DAP National Deputy Chairman and MP for Kepong Dr Tan Seng Giaw reiterates that the Malaysian Election Commission use indelible ink to prevent irregularities such as phantom voters in general elections (GE).
On 16.11.2011, Dr Tan comments on the oral statement by the Attorney-General (AG) that the introduction of indelible ink in GE does not involve constitutional amendment, only amendment to Procedure.
General elections should be truly fair. After 54 years of Merdeka, the Central Government sets up a Parliamentary Select Committee to make recommendations to improve GE, ensuring its fairness.
One way of preventing irregularities such as phantom voters is to use indelible ink. In the 12th GE, the Election Commission did buy indelible ink;it was not used.
As there is no need to amend the Federal Constitution, the Government should amend the Procedure so that indelible ink will be used in the coming GE. Further, recommendations of the Select Committee should reflect the views of the people. The EC should then incorporate and enforce them as much as possible in GE, consistent with the wishes of Malaysians.
Tan Seng Giaw
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