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Liow: Medical council not biased

 | April 9, 2012

Health minister denies that the council applies a different set of rules for Malaysians aspiring to do medical studies abroad.

KUALA LUMPUR: Health Minister Liow Tiong Lai denied that the Malaysia Medical Council (MMC) was practising double standard in sending local medical students to overseas.

“That’s not true. MMC is a professional body and we cannot have this problem,” said Liow when met at the Parliament today.

Last month, a former medical student from Ukraine alleged that students doing medical courses in Baltic countries were compelled to do a foundation course while those going to Egypt and Jordan were exempted.

“If a student plans to do a medical programme in Ukraine for example, he has to score at least five Bs in SPM each in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics or Additional Mathematics and another optional subject.”

“A student would be required to sit for a foundation course or other pre-university examinations like STPM, Matriculation and A Levels. This is set by MMC,” said the student.

But those going to universities in Jordan and Egypt, the student alleged, were seemed to be given a “special privilege” as they are not required to undergo the foundation course.

Liow promised to probe the matter. “I’ll double check on the matter and we will be transparent,” said Liow.

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