Ethics, medical confidentiality vs political pressures

Ethics, medical confidentiality


political pressures

Malaysiakini article by Dr David KL Quek | Aug 4, 08 

DR DAVID KL QUEK is interested sociopolitical affairs, social justice, health matters, professionalism and ethics. He is past editor-in-chief of the MMA (Malaysian Medical Association) News for 11 years and currently president-elect of the MMA.


Many people, especially some cantankerous bloggers and doctors are wondering why the Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) has so far not spoken. See _

Not sodomy-related? Let’s not be anal.

Hospital Pusrawi 280708.jpgUntil now, I have remained silent on this issue, as my liberal and passionate views of social justice may not be acceptable to many who feel that we should be cautious in accommodating the powers that be.

  • As a concerned doctor, I too wish that more could be done and perhaps even more could be said about the issue.
  • I respect the stance that the MMA (Malaysia Medical Association) should be cautious and circumspect in heavily-tinged political affairs.


Comment: Actually they are anti-foreign doctors and used to always take a stance against us.  Because of that, I stop paying my MMA membership fees.

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Be patient Dr Than Aung, we are praying that there will be a wind of change for you

Be patient Dr Than Aung,

Insyallah, there will be a wind of change for you

Dr David KL Quek | Aug 15, 08 in Malaysiakini

“If thou speakest not

I will fill my heart with thy silence and endure it.

I will keep still and wait like the night with starry vigil

and its head bent low with patience.

“The morning will surely come,

the darkness will vanish,

and thy voice pour down in golden streams breaking through the sky.

“Then thy words will take wing in songs from every one of my birds’ nests,

and thy melodies will break forth in flowers in all my forest groves.”

 ~ Rabindranath Tagore, Gitanjali

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Tibet, Human Rights and the Beijing Olympics

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

By Richard Baum

When the 2008 Summer Olympics were awarded to Beijing in July 2001, expectations were high that China’s desire to showcase the Beijing Games, amplified by the bright light of international scrutiny, would push the country toward political liberalization, media freedom and respect for human rights. Yet the government’s overriding short-term concern with maintaining social order and political stability during the August Olympics has resulted in a visible tightening of state media controls and Internet censorship, and stepped-up harassment of human-rights activists.

In recent months Beijing police have detained dozens, if not hundreds, of protesters, petitioners and whistle-blowers, and the Asian giant’s treatment of Tibet has become front-page news across the world. Expected to help open China up, the Olympics have paradoxically served to close China down further.

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China: End Abuses of Media Freedom

IOC Should Investigate and Publicize Abuses

(New York, August 15, 2008) – The International Olympic Committee (IOC) should turn words into action and immediately establish a reporting mechanism for violations of media freedoms in China, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch and other groups have documented many violations of China’s promise to allow press freedom in exchange for hosting the Olympic Games.

On August 14, 2008, the IOC spokesperson, Giselle Davies, ended months of IOC silence by saying that the committee “disapproved of any attempts to hinder a journalist who is going about doing his job seemingly within the rules and regulations.” Over the past year, the IOC has been provided extensive documentation of such abuses, including physical assaults of journalists, but has not publicly spoken about the issue or challenged the Chinese government.

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Climbers held over Tibet banner protest in Beijing

Activists scale Chinese state television building to unveil banner reading ‘Free Tibet’ in latest protest over human rights record

 Jonathan Haynes and agencies

Friday August 15 2008

Pro Tibet activists unfurl a

Five people have been detained by police at the Olympics games in Beijing today after unfurling a banner in protest at China’s human rights record in Tibet.

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Collateral damaged victims should be restituted by DSAI

Collateral damaged victims should be restituted by DSAI

Burmese Muslim doctor from PUSRAWI, Dr Osman had lost his job and would be impossible to even continue to work in Malaysia because of MMC problem. If he could not show or get the “Good standing certificate” he would be denied registration everywhere around the world. His future is almost totally damaged.

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FREE TIBET: Boycott Olympic Games in Beijing 2008

Tibet The Story Of A Tragedy

China ‘ crushing Uighurs ‘ ( Rebiya Kadeer )

‘Non-bumis will be an asset for UiTM’

‘Non-bumis will be an asset for UiTM’

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‘Quoting one placard at the demonstration, the MB’s suggestion might not only ‘Selamatkan UiTM’ (Save UiTM), but might propel it to be a world-class university that makes all Malaysians very proud!’

Chin Tu Lan: I’m a Chinese, and if you ask me whether I feel hurt by this whole issue, I would say no.

Mara was set up to help bumiputera students get their education in Malaysia. Let them have their own institutions if they think the concept of staying in their own cocoon makes them better.

Just allocate more local university spaces for non-bumiputeras. The whole concept of having 10% participation from non-bumiputera and foreigners is to prepare the bumiputeras to be more competitive when facing the global community. It is their loss anyway.

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Xinjiang Repression(East Turkestan) – China

U.S.’ Rice may not go to Olympic closing ceremonies

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice may cancel her appearance at the closing ceremonies of the Olympics because of the crisis in war-torn Georgia, the State Department said on Thursday.

“It’s quite possible that she may not make that trip but I don’t want to say that it’s not going to happen,” a State Department official said, speaking on condition he not be named.

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Did China bend to critics before Olympics? Not much

By John Chalmers

BEIJING (Reuters) – Remember the “Genocide Olympics”? Remember all the talk that China’s anxiety to let nothing spoil the Beijing Games had left it vulnerable to demands for a change in its dealings with the outside world?

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Two great Olympic jokes circulating in Beijing

By Ben Blanchard


BEIJING (Reuters) -Thought the tender song “You and Me” at the opening of the Beijing Olympics was about peace and friendship? More like rising oil and food prices, some Chinese are saying.


“The Chinese name of the theme tune ‘You and Me’ is ‘You (oil) and Mi (rice)’, an expression of concern about this year’s oil and food problems …,” runs a Chinese-language joke being circulated online.

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