Dental clinic where Zahid’s son-in-law treated faces 9 charges

Syed-Alman-Syed-AlwiKUALA LUMPUR: The Imperial Dental Specialist Centre in Bangsar here has been slapped with nine charges including four relating to the death of Syed Alman Syed Alwi, the son-in-law of Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi. Five other charges are for failing to adhere to safety health regulations.

The clinic, represented by its director Dr Wong Yen Lin, denied all nine charges. The clinic was represented by Sreekant Pillai.

Sessions Court judge Harmi Thamri Mohamad @ Shaharudin fixed September 8 as the next mention date.

No bail was imposed.

Abazafree Abbas appeared for the prosecution.

Four charges, under Sections 31(4) and 117(2)(b)(i) of the Private Healthcare Facilities and Services Act, relate to Syed Alman’s death.

These are for failing to ensure that Dr Ting Teck Chin, who provided services to Syed Alman, was a qualified anaesthesiologist; failing to ensure that Noor Azima Muhamad Nuwi who conducted radiology (orthopantomogram) on the deceased was a qualified person; not providing an oxygen tank to Syed Alman; and failing to hand over Syed Alman’s medical records to Universiti Malaya Medical Centre after he was warded there.

The maximum fine that can be imposed under the Sections are RM300,000 and RM30,000, respectively.

The clinic has also been slapped with five charges under Rules 49(7) and 245(6) of the Private Healthcare Facilities and Services Rule and Sections 31(4), 39(2), 40(4) of the Private Healthcare Facilities and Services Act.

These additional charges arise from failing to take sufficient steps to protect all employees against biological dangers, as required under Rule 49(5) of the Private Healthcare Facilities and Services Rule; failure to ensure medication labels under Rule 245; and not keeping and maintaining a staff record as required under Section 31(1)(d) of the Private Healthcare Facilities and Services Act.

Two other charges are for using the business premises against the definition, as per the meaning, under the premise’s licence and giving anaesthetic services to Syed Alman; and creating functional expansion, without the permission of the Director-General of Health, and that affected the standard of services given to Syed Alman.

The maximum fine under the Rule is RM10,000 or three months jail or both. The maximum fine under the Act is RM300,000.

Earlier, Dr Ting Teck Chin claimed trial after he was charged with culpable homicide, not amounting to murder, over the death of Syed Alman.

He died on June 1 after dental treatment at the Imperial Dental Centre.

He was the husband of Nurulhidayah, Zahid’s eldest daughter.

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