’23 doctors must sit for BM paper until they pass’

Dr-S-Subramaniam-doctorPUTRAJAYA: Health Minister Dr S Subramaniam says 23 doctors who do not have a pass in the SPM Bahasa Melayu (BM) paper must sit for the exam until they pass.

“If they fail, they will keep on taking (the BM paper) until they pass,” he said when asked what would happen if the 23 doctors did not pass the BM paper in November.

The minister said this when met by reporters after opening the Obstetrics and Neonatology block of Putrajaya Hospital here today.

A cabinet meeting chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi yesterday decided to revoke the waiver on a pass with credit in the SPM-level BM paper for the hiring of Grade UD41 medical officers on a contract basis.

Zahid, when announcing the decision yesterday, said only 23 doctors, including the children of Malaysian diplomats who received medical education overseas, were allowed the waiver.

The cabinet meeting also decided that the Medical Act 1971 would be amended to make it mandatory for medical officers to serve two years after their housemanship and to insert a clause on the BM pass requirement.

Pending amendments to the Medical Act 1971 by Parliament, the Public Service Department (PSD), as an employment agency, will implement the BM pass requirement in the recruitment of Grade UD41 medical officers on contract basis.

Subramaniam added that the issue was expected to be resolved within a year, and by then all the appointed medical officers were expected to fulfil the requirement of passing BM at the SPM level.

“This is because the cabinet’s decision yesterday is clear. Those who do not pass the BM paper at the SPM level must take the necessary action,” he said.

In Kangar, the Perlis Malay Association (Pemanis) supported the cabinet decision yesterday not to waive the BM requirement for jobs in the civil service.

Pemanis described the cabinet decision to revoke the waiver for the appointment of Grade UD41 medical officers as reasonable.

“The applicants will be considered for jobs after they have passed the SPM Bahasa Melayu paper,” Pemanis president Mohd Zain Hamzah said in a statement today.