PETALING JAYA: A Malaysian doctor who posted on a online forum that “some women deserve to be raped” and other offensive comments has been suspended indefinitely amid a probe by the Medical Board of Australia (MBA).
Christopher Lee Kwan Chen, 31, had been found guilty in April of professional misconduct by the Tasmanian Health Practitioners Tribunal for posting racist and sexist remarks on HardwareZone’s forum, owned by Singapore Press Holdings.
He was suspended for six weeks until next Tuesday.
Yahoo News Singapore reported that the MBA has extended his suspension. The board does not have the power to deregister a practitioner – the decision can only be made by an independent tribunal.
“The board has taken this action in the public interest to maintain confidence in the medical profession,” the portal quoted MBA as saying in a statement yesterday.
“The board will not be making any further comment in relation to Dr Lee at this time.”
Lee, a University of Melbourne graduate, was employed in Tasmania for two years from February 2016.
He was working as a registrar at Box Hill in Victoria early this year when he was found guilty by the Tasmanian tribunal.
According to reports, Lee’s offensive remarks included saying: “Some women deserve to be raped, and that supercilious little bitch fits the bill in every way”.
About another woman, he reportedly wrote: “She needs to be abandoned in India and repeatedly raped in order for her to wake up her idea.”
Lee also allegedly posted photographs of his passport and medical degree, and when criticised for his comments, had replied: “Malaysian and Australian authorities can’t touch me for things I say on a Singaporean forum.”
He also wrote: “Lose job in Australia over stuff posted on a Singaporean forum? Are you retarded?”
Lee had also posted photographs of his wife and boasted about their sex life and the tribunal was told that he said in one of his posts: “If my marriage fell apart, it would not end in divorce. It would end in murder.”
In his submissions as stated in the decision, Lee said he was “relatively young and inexperienced” and had a brash and opinionated bent to his conduct on social media.
In a decision on April 17, tribunal chairman Robert Webster described Lee’s posts as “socially unacceptable” and “disrespectful of women”.
“Some of the online posts might reasonably be interpreted as being racially discriminatory and contrary to acceptable social norms in Australia,” he said.
“It is agreed he did not fully appreciate that posting comments on a Singaporean online forum would have consequences on his practice of medicine in Australia.”
Lee was also separately issued a caution in July last year after he accessed a patient’s medical records 21 times “without consent or clinical need”, Yahoo News Singapore said.
Last month, according to British newspaper Guardian, the MBA had launched a fresh investigation into Lee after Guardian Australia reported that he had also shared patients’ medical records, including x-rays of the chest of a four-year-old girl suffering from pneumonia.
An online petition set up in April had called for Lee’s medical licence to be revoked, garnering over 5,800 signatures, the portal added.