Sunday, January 31, 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Health service in Sabah is going to change again with a new leader, Dr. Mohd. Yusof.
Dr. Marzhuki is from Kedah, the northern most state of Malaysia on the peninsula of Malaya.
He served only 22 months in Sabah, and now has to leave for his home state of Kedah.
ALPH of Queen Elizabeth Hospital had paid him a courtesy visit sometimes early 2009, the time during the height of the controversial SMC purchase. We had very good dialog and discussion on the problems arose from the unsafe declaration of the main tower block of Queen Elizabeth hospital.
Together with the QEH Management Team led by Dr. Zuraidah, he'd however handled the QEH fiasco quite well, and it's unfortunate that he can't be able to see it all through because of the transfer. His duty is now handled by his former Deputy, Dr. Mohd. Yusof, a local Labuanite Sabahan, who's now becoming the Acting Director to continue the tough challenges in Sabah.
We wish Dr. Marzhuki well in his next important position in Kedah.
Sabah is a large state compared to other states in malaysia.
Therefore, the new chief of the medical services in Sabah is not an easy post.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
朱刚明：医院泊车位足够，驾车人士勿违例泊车- 亚洲时报/ 29-01-2010
"女皇医院严缺泊车位，朱刚明吁民众暂忍耐" - 亚洲时报/ 29-01-2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Is this the message that the Chinese in Malaysia should take heed of?
what have we been doing all these years on education in terms of strategy?
Have we been doing the right thing all these years?
Are we producing mentally healthy citizens?
I just wonder.........................
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Yes, it's a very encouraging sign that the state government engages with the federal ministry, in this case, the Prime Minister ministry, on the various problems in the implementation of federal-funded projects in Sabah.
Rather than leaving it to take its natural cause; the state government led by Datuk Musa had taken the initiative aggressively to arrange a dialogue with the man-in-charge, the formally Second Finance Minister himself and now the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department , Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop, to iron out all the woes, problems, and other related issues in Sabah, hopefully all at once, at the Le Meridien hotel here on January 16, 2010.
It's frequently known that federal fund had not been used up by year end in Sabah due to 'technical' problems, and the most heard of is the last-minute allocation of fund to Sabah that is impossible to implement in time for the account closing, or, fund allocated in the beginning of the year but was not able to use it because of 'difficulties' in getting the tender awarded.
Most of the problems lies with too much politicking involved in 'lobbying' for the project through the various politicians who have been eying the fund for their supporters.
The end results of the projects are meant for the benefits of the people, the sooner that it implemented, the better for the economy and the territory. Therefore, any attempts by these politicians to cause delay in the commencement of projects due to the 'fighting' should be condemned and if necessary, MACC should be called-in to investigate if it becomes rampant and unacceptable.
It's the duty of the government to monitor their respective political workers or leaders to refrain from hurting the interests of the people as they and their family too are from the people.
They are supposed to help the people, and not helping themselves. Their negative actions shall undermine the public confidence in the government if people's needs are not fulfilled in time.
On this part, I think federal government should strengthening their officers with high morality, discipline, and integrity through the BTN (Biro Tata Negera) training sessions while politicians must be instilled with patriotism and professionalism, if we want to see things improved.
It's fine with direct negotiated so-called 'special tender' or 'urgent case tender', and that political-link contractors are engaged to do these 'special' projects provided their tender is negotiated on the basis of competitiveness, and competency on reputable in delivery with quality. It should, however, keep the award of this type to the minimal to avoid allegation of abuse of fund and bad planning. The direct negotiated award should be used for cases which are related to say, natural disasters, and unforeseen circumstances and needs such as Queen Elizabeth Hospital case in Sabah.
The government should never award any 'special tenders or projects' to the so-called 'ali baba' companies as the action is not fair to those genuinely in the trade, and will cause long-term detrimental damages to the industry, and the economy as a whole.
It's all because of bad precedent set in the country of giving project directly without going through appropriate tendering procedure and merit that had misled most politicians of wrongly believe in the miracle of getting something out of 'nothing'.
This, together with the close monitoring and follow-up on the projects to be implemented in Sabah, the state government ought to be working extra hard making sure that acquisition of lands are not a hindrance in the project implementation process as there have been cited quite frequently that projects partially finished, or delayed, due to some disputes in the land matter.
However, Datuk Musa specifically singled out the bureaucracy in these government ministries, namely: Health, Education, and Public Works, that have been the causes of our woes in Sabah. I hope that the various Ministers should work harder with their respective Secretary Generals on removing these obstacles, and emphasising the importance of streamlining the process so that Sabah, a far away poor state, could progress well and subsequently remain a sustainable fixed deposit for BN in times to come.
Friday, January 15, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
既然能够从‘当权派’骤变为‘少数派’，那总有一天，当然也能由‘少数派’骤变为‘当权派’ 啦！只要‘少数派’沉着去执行在中委会的‘监督’工作，我就是看不出，为甚麽不会出现由‘少数派’又当回‘当权派’ 的情况的呢？
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Monday, January 4, 2010
The following article from Bernama on health matter (Part 1) is recommended for our people in Malaysia; and should be circulated for enhancing knowledge in molding a healthy nation.
Reprinted from Bernama / January 04, 2010 15:13 PM
Change For The Sake Of Health
By Melati Mohd Ariff
This is the first of the two part article on consumerism
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 4 (Bernama) -- "Change your ways!" This is the mantra for consumers in 2010.
Without the change in attitude, efforts and campaign undertaken by the government or non-governmental organisations (NGO) to educate consumers serves no purpose.
Moreover, consumers will only end up wasting their money and put their lives in jeopardy.
In changing consumer attitude, it is wise to reflect on some of the campaigns including the "Tak Nak" campaign to eradicate smoking and the move by the government to increase the retail price of sugar.
The campaign on smokers is to remind them constantly that smoking not only wastes money but also endangers their health and the health of those around them.
PRICE HIKE FOR THE BENEFIT OF CONSUMERS
Therefore, smokers in the nation should view positively the government's decision to set a minimum price of RM6.40 for a 20-stick cigarette pack effective January 1, 2010.
Malaysians may well be aware of the gory images on the effects of smoking flashed on billboards, posters and the cigarette packs.
Since the launch of the campaign in 2009, Malaysians have been exposed to the dangers of smoking and the danger caused by secondhand smoke.
Smokers should also be aware of the dangerous content in the cigarette itself. The cigarette is said to contain about 4,000 elements with at least 200 of them hazardous to human health.
The dangerous components in cigarettes are tar, nicotine and carbon monoxide. The three impair the lungs and blood circulation!
In fact the World Health Organisation (WHO) had clearly stated the dangers of smoking through its bulletin, World Health, and the bulletin is incorporated at the Health Ministry's website.
The bulletin states that the nicotine found in tobacco unleashes chemical reaction similar to heroin and cocaine.
The ministry's website also states that smoking can kill up to 1 billion people in the 21st century.
It is estimated that there are about 1.15 billion smokers all over the world with more than 80 per cent of them living in nations with low and medium income.
The website also quoted WHO as saying that tobacco is among the leading cause of deaths worldwide.
WHO estimated that approximately 100 million people will die due to complications caused by tobacco in the 20th century.
THE MALAYSIAN SCENE
Back in Malaysia, smokers represent almost half of the male population and each day about 45 to 50 teenagers under 18 pick up the habit.
About 30 per cent of the boys between 12 and 18 years smoke and the number of teenage girls picking up the habit has increased.
According to the ministry, health problems related to smoking including lung cancer has increased by 17 percent.
The same destructive habit has contributed to one million coronary cases.
Speak to any cardiologist, among the healthy lifestyle that they would suggest is to keep away from cigarettes.
Apart from high cholesterol, diabetes and high blood pressure, smoking too contributes to heart problem.
AVOID SWEET TOOTH
Like cigarettes, sugar too has negative implications to health but again many Malaysian consumers remain indifferent in their consumption.
Each time sugar shortage happens, often because traders hoard the commodity to push up the prices on the pretext of a shortage, consumers rush to retail outlets and supermarkets to buy sugar more than they need.
This in reality benefits the traders but consumers remain oblivious to the dangers of excessive sugar consumption to their health especially in their golden years.
When the government announced a 20 sen increase in the price of sugar, the same consumer attitude was seen at business premises.
Consumers were seen filling the shopping carts with sugar with some newspapers flashing pictures of empty sugar racks. There were instances where unscrupulous traders took advantage of the run for sugar by hiking the price to RM1.70 per kilogram.
As usual most consumers lamented that the rise in price will make life difficult for them but fail to realise that it is better to be more prudent in using sugar.
This state of mind prevailing among consumers has defeated the campaigns by the governments and NGOs to push consumers to reduce sugar intake.
The Consumer's Association of Penang (CAP) that has been advocating the well-being of consumers came up with a handbook 'Sugar Dangerous for Health'.
Those who have taken the trouble to read the handbook will think twice in consuming sweet delicacies or in adding sugar to their drinks.
SICK BECAUSE OF SUGAR
According to CAP, chemically sugar is equivalent to alcohol and the chemical reaction is similar to the one caused by heroin. It is addictive as well.
Malaysians are reported to consume 26 teaspoons of sugar daily compared with recommended intake of seven teaspoon! The record held by Malaysians even surpasses world daily average sugar intake of 11 teaspoons daily.
As for those hooked to canned sweet or carbonated drinks, think again as each can contains between seven and eight teaspoons of sugar.
According to CAP, the white substance that we call as sugar is actually "man made poison" and other than its sweetness there is no nutritional value.
As for those who could not do away with sugar, now think again as sugar is linked with 60 types of diseases including cancer, asthma, allergy, diabetes, coronary disease, biliary stone, problems relating to the immune system, kidney disease and poor mental health.
Also do note that the 2009 statistics revealed 17 per cent of Malaysia's population of 27 million suffer from diabetes. Diabetes can lead to other complications like lost of sight, coronary disease, renal failure and stroke!
The 2006 data pointed out that 21 per cent of Malaysians are overweight and 6.2 per cent suffer from obesity.
Thus, change into a discerning consumer and choose wisely what is the best for you and your family.
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Saturday, January 2, 2010
如今在中央任高职的沙巴领袖不知几许，未必需要由马华协助代劳了； 他们是：- Tan Sri Bernard Dompok， Tan Sri Pandikar Amin， Datuk Ronald Kiandee, Satuk Anisah, Datuk Rosnah， Datuk Bakri, Datuk Anifah, Datuk Liew VK, Datuk Maximus, Datuk Joseph Kurup, Datuk Lajim, 及还有其他的上议员等。
Friday, January 1, 2010
'Sugar is harmful to your health'; as every ones in the health business, especially the Health Ministry,been telling people to use less sugar in their daily food consumption, how many people take heed? It's very unfortunate that people in this country consume much higher than the norm or recommended dosage of sugar a day - Malaysian consume twenty six (26) teaspoons of sugar a day compared to the recommended seven(7) teaspoons; and it's almost four (4) times more than recommended!
Excessive consumption of sugar is the main cause of obesity which is the 'mother of all diseases' like high blood pressure, diabetes, renal kidney failure, and others. Bearing in mind that the highest common killer in Malaysian death is heart attack which has close linkage to the food and living life style. And, it's becoming a worrying state as the patients become younger!
The importance of the sugar matter is critically obvious.
The move by Datuk Rosnah to persuade the food and beverage industry to work together to reduce sugar consumption has two advantages: one is for the benefit of the people, and the other advantage is to reduce the sugar subsidy our country has to bear which is in the tune of almost RM1Billion a year! On top of that, we ought to take into account the expenditures or costs to provide the medical services that are required to take care of those patients caused directly or indirectly by the 'sugar' related diseases.
In order to see result of the efforts, the Health ministry must work closely with the Education Ministry in this campaign to reduce the sugar maniac in the society. It has to start young and people must be aware of the harms caused by abusive consumption of sugar ignorantly.
Of course, the effects of the price hike must be carefully monitored as the news clip attached already indicates the 'woes' or fears that the society will have to face.
Government must find a long term ways to increase the income of the people in order to resolve 'permanently' the social /cum welfare problems inflicted by the changes in the government partial withdrawal of sugar subsidy.
马来西亚 @RM1.65（西马） （@RM1.75 为沙巴，砂磱越起价后的价格）
泰国@RM2.50 新加坡@RM3.05 印尼@RM3.40 菲律宾@RM3.62
应该要提的是为甚麽东马人民在‘一个大马(1Malaysia)'的精神及政策下还在实行两种的卖价呢？难道东马的同胞比西马有钱吗？既然仍是在津贴白糖，难道连那区区的一毛钱津贴也给忘了？难道是官儿们经过’干训‘后真正得到的指示是：’一个大马，两个’国家‘，两个制度，两个价钱‘？那所谓的东西马价钱（格）就迅急间把PM Najib 的’一个大马‘的’伟大思想‘给砸了。 甚麽’积效‘措施也都免谈了。