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Malaysia overtook Singapore with more Covid-19 cases two days earlier than I had expected and is heading to overtake China before Parliament ends mid-December by current trajectories

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Malaysia has overtaken Singapore with more cumulative total of Covid-19 cases two days earlier than I had expected, and is heading to overtake China before Parliament ends in mid-December by current trajectories.

Malaysia is now ranked No.83 in the world among countries with the biggest cumulative total of 58,847 Covid-19 cases while Singapore is ranked No. 84 with 58,183 cases as its cumulative total.
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Adham Baba should tell Parliament on Thursday why the Health Ministry is ignoring WHO advice for an “all-of-government” and “whole-of-society” response and approach in the Covid-19 epidemic to the extent that the 7,000 GPs felt sidelined

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The Health Minister, Adham Baba should tell Parliament in his winding-up speech on the 2021 Budget on Thursday why the Health Ministry is ignoring the World Health Organisation (WHO) advice to all governments to adopt an “all-of-government” and “whole-of-society” response and approach in the Covid-19 epidemic to the extent that the 7,000 general practitioners in the country felt sidelined.

For instance the WHO Regional Director South-East Asia, Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh said in April: “A more comprehensive approach is needed with communities at the center of our response. Most importantly, communities need to be engaged and empowered to take appropriate decisions and measures. The onus must be on each one. At this stage, everyone needs to contribute to minimize health as well as socio-economic impact of the pandemic.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Adham Baba should explain in Parliament why the government has failed to incorporate private health care after 11 months in the fight against Covid-19 epidemic with the sector’s capabilities under-utilised

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The Health Minister, Adham Baba should explain in Parliament during the Ministerial winding-up stage of the 2021 Budget debate why the government has failed to incorporate private health care after 11 months in the fight against Covid-19 epidemic with the sector’s capabilities under-utilised.

This has caused the Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) president Dr. Subramaniam Muniandy to stress that the government health facilities should not be taking on this battle on its own as private healthcare is an important component in the country’s overall healthcare system and can add strength in managing the Covid-19 epidemic. Read the rest of this entry »

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Triple national celebrations this year marred by a Minister who openly shows contempt and breaches Rukunegara

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The triple national celebrations this year – the National Day, Malaysia Day and 50th anniversary of Rukunegara – are marred by a Minister who openly shows contempt and breaches the Rukunegara.

What is the lesson from the shocking episode where a Cabinet Minister did not undergo the stipulated 14-day quarantine after returning from an overseas trip?

The message from this shocking episode is that 63 years after Merdeka, 57 years after the formation of Malaysia and on the Golden Jubilee of Rukunegara, there is no rule of law as there are two classes of Malaysians – the ordinary Malaysians who must abide by the law and the VVIPs who can defy the law. Read the rest of this entry »

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Will the Prime Minister or Health Minister ensure the setting up of a Parliamentary Select Committee on Covid 19 for MPs at the current parliamentary meeting to monitor the public health, economic and nation-building crisis of Covid 19?

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Around Malaysia time 7am this morning, the cumulative global total of Covid 19 infections passed the 20 million mark.

When the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared Covid-19 a pandemic on March 11, 2020, there were more than 118,000 Covid-19 cases in 114 countries, and 4,291 people have lost their lives.

Five months after WHO had declared Covid-19 as a pandemic, there are now 24 countries which have more than 118,000 cases with the United States, Brazil and India being the three countries in the lead with over 5 million, three million and two million cases respectively, embracing over 220 countries, while the total global fatality of Covid 19 is nearing three-quarter of a million or over 170 times the global fatality five months ago.

Recently, WHO warned that the coronavirus pandemic is likely to be “lengthy” after its emergency committee met to evaluate the crisis six months after sounding the international alarm and it warned of the risk of “response fatigue” given the socio-economic pressures on countries.

A top priority for Malaysia as for all countries in facing the “once-in-a-century” health crisis is to ensure that the population must learn to live with the virus in overcoming the public health, economic and nation-building crisis.
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Pada Hari Raya Aidilfitri ini, marilah kita semua sebagai rakyat Malaysia beriltizam untuk memelihara dan mempertahankan Perlembagaan Malaysia sebagai asas kemajuan negara

Sambutan Hari Raya Aidilfitri untuk tahun ini disambut dengan suasana yang sangat berbeza, tidak boleh untuk balik ke kampung masing-masing, Perdana Menteri sedang dikuarantin, dan rakyat Malaysia secara amnya perlu belajar untuk hidup bersama dengan virus Covid-19 ini dengan tabiat-tabiat baharu seperti penjarakan sosial dan kawalan pergerakan.

Wabak Covid-19 ini tidak mengenali perbezaan, baik dari segi kaum, agama, warna kulit, atau kewarganegaraan.

Kita dapat lihat dalam kalangan 20 negara dengan jumlah kes terkumpul tertinggi, virus ini menjangkiti manusia daripada semua latar belakang agama, tanpa pilih kasih: Read the rest of this entry »

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On this Hari Raya Aidilfritri, let Malaysians resolve to preserve, protect and defend the Malaysian Constitution as the basis to take the country to greater height

On this Hari Raya Aidilfritri, let Malaysians resolve to preserve, protect and defend the Malaysian Constitution as the basis to take the country to greater heights

The Hari Raya Aidilfitri this year is celebrated under unprecedented conditions, where there is no “balik kampong”, the Prime Minister in quarantine and Malaysians have to learn to live with the Covid-19 virus with new norms like social distancing and movement controls.

The Covid-19 pandemic knows no distinctions, whether race, religion, colour or nationality.
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Government must do more to earn the trust and confidence of all Malaysians so as to communicate effectively the unprecedented peril of the Covid-19 pandemic

Kerajaan perlu bekerja lebih keras untuk mendapatkan kepercayaan dan keyakinan rakyat Malaysia bagi membolehkannya untuk berkomunikasi secara berkesan mengenai bahaya yang dibawa oleh wabak Covid-19

Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan (PKP) telah memasuki hari keenam hari ini, namun begitu masih terdapat segelintir rakyat Malaysia yang degil dengan tidak mematuhi arahan untuk kekal berada di rumah dan perkara ini menimbulkan persoalan sama ada PKP ini akan dilanjutkan lagi selama dua minggu ataupun lebih lama lagi.

Kerajaan Perdana Menteri Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin perlu bekerja dengan lebih keras lagi untuk mendapatkan kepercayaan dan keyakinan rakyat kepada mereka bagi membolehkan mereka berkomunikasi dengan berkesan kepada rakyat mengenai bahaya yang dibawa oleh wabak Covid-19 ini.

Siaran langsung Muhyiddin hari adalah satu lagi langkah ke arah ini, tetapi ianya tidak memadai. Kerana inilah saya pernah cadangkan sebelum ini supaya beliau membuat siaran langsung sekurang-kurangnya sekali sehari, ataupun lebih baik lagi dua kali sehari, mengenai perkembangan terkini bencana yang sedang melanda negara kita ini.

Sedangkan di negara Itali — yang kini merupakan tumpuan utama wabak Covid-19 dengan jumlah kematian yang lebih tinggi daripada negara China — pun masih terdapat rakyat mereka yang tidak memahami keperluan pelaksanaan perintah berkurung yang diumumkan beberapa minggu yang lepas. Read the rest of this entry »

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Call on Government to adopt a new motto in the war against Covid 19 – whatever it takes to save people’s lives, jobs and livelihoods!

Seruan kepada Kerajaan untuk mengguna pakai motto baru dalam peperangan melawan wabak Covid-19 — Segala-galanya demi nyawa, kehidupan dan pekerjaan rakyat!

Kadar penularan wabak Covid-19 sedang meningkat saban hari, di dalam negara kita dan juga di peringkat antarabangsa.

Di Malaysia, kadar peningkatan kes baharu masih lagi berada dalam takuk tiga angka seperti lapan hari yang lepas yang telah membawa kepada 1,306 kes secara keseluruhannya — meletakkan Malaysia di tangga ke-20 dari segi jumlah kes keseluruhan dan tempat ke-22 dari segi penambahan kes harian di peringkat antarabangsa.

Dengan 10 korban nyawa, negara kita menduduki tempat ke-25 dari segi kematian berkaitan Covid-19.

Malaysia beraspirasi untuk menjadi sebuah negara yang terulung di mata dunia, tetapi bukan dengan mendahului carta kes Covid-19.

Namun begitu, perjalanan kita masih lagi panjang.

Pakar epidomiologi Datuk Dr Awang Bulgiba Awang Mahmud mengatakan yang negara kita memerlukan sekurang-kurangnya enam minggu Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan secara berturut-turut bagi menurunkan kadar jangkitan Covid-19 ke satu tahap yang boleh dikawal.

Menurut Ketua Pengarah Kesihatan, Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, negara kita kini sedang beralih ke peringkat keempat penyebaran wabak Covid-19 iaitu fasa mitigasi.

Peringkat-peringkat ini disenaraikan mengikut kadar keterukan penularan sesuatu wabak, bermula dengan fasa permulaan (onset), fasa pembendungan awal (early containment), pembendungan lewat (late containment), dan akhirnya fasa mitigasi (mitigation).

Beliau berkata: “Kita sedang bergerak kearah fasa keempat iaitu fasa mitigasi, oleh itu amatlah penting untuk kita semua memanfaatkan peluang kecil yang ada ini untuk memutuskan rantaian jangkitan virus ini dalam komuniti kita.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Malaysian Government should consider measures to help businesses and workers like the UK Government plan to cover 80 per cent of workers’ pay amid the Covid-19 outbreak

Kerajaan harus mempertimbangkan langkah-langkah yang boleh diambil untuk membantu para pekerja dan perniagaan seperti rancangan kerajaan UK untuk menanggung sehingga 80% gaji pekerja dalam menghadapi wabak Covid-19

Kerajaan Malaysia harus mempertimbangkan langkah-langkah yang boleh diambil untuk membantu para pekerja dan perniagaan dalam menghadapi bencana yang diakibatkan oleh wabak Covid-19, seperti langkah yang diambil oleh Kerajaan UK yang merancang untuk menanggung sehingga 80% kos saraan pekerja.

Menteri Kewangan United Kingdom, Rishi Sunak telah berikrar untuk “membuat apa sahaja yang diperlukan” untuk menyelamatkan pekerjaan dan sumber pendapatan rakyat yang terkesan akibat daripada wabak coronavirus semasa beliau membentangkan pelan sokongan punca pendapatan dalam pakej ransangan Covid-19 beliau.

Beliau mengumumkan yang kerajaan UK akan menanggung sehingga 80 peratus gaji pekerja yang tidak bekerja, sehingga ke jumlah maksima 2,500 pound sterling sebulan.

Sunak mengatakan yang kerajaan akan membantu dan memastikan gaji para pekerja dibayar buat kali pertama dalam sejarah negara itu, sebagai sebahagian daripada Skim Pengekalan Pekerjaan yang terbuka kepada semua majikan dalam negara tersebut. Read the rest of this entry »

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Government should distribute the 10 million face masks from China free to Malaysians giving priority to the frontliners in the war against Covid-19 virus

Kerajaan perlu mengedarkan 10 juta topeng muka yang diberikan oleh kerajaan China secara percuma kepada rakyat Malaysia dengan memberikan keutamaan kepada petugas barisan hadapan yang sedang memerangi wabak Covid-19

Kerajaan perlu mengedarkan 10 juta topeng muka yang diberikan oleh kerajaan China secara percuma kepada rakyat Malaysia dengan memberikan keutamaan kepada petugas barisan hadapan yang sedang memerangi wabak Covid-19

Selepas diedarkan kepada petugas barisan hadapan, iaitu mereka yang mengendalikan kes-kes Covid-19, pihak klinik, Kementerian Kesihatan, anggota polis, tentera, dan pegawai imigresen, baki topeng muka ini haruslah dibahagikan sama rata kepada semua rakyat Malaysia melalui pejabat ahli parlimen tanpa mengira parti politik.

Dalam memerangi wabak ini, kita perlu bertindak sebagai satu negara, tanpa mengira kaum, agama, kawasan, mahupun latar belakang politik.

Dengan pengedaran topeng muka secara percuma ini kepada rakyat Malaysia, kejadian di mana orang awam diarahkan pulang daripada jabatan kerajaan kerana tidak memakai topeng muka tidak patut lagi berlaku. Read the rest of this entry »

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Call on all Malaysians to unite as one people to fight and win the war against Covid-19 virus – undoubtedly the greatest test for Malaysian national unity in six decades

Menyeru seluruh rakyat Malaysia bersatu-padu melawan wabak Covid-19 — yang tanpa sebarang ragu lagi merupakan satu cabaran terbesar kepada perpaduan negara

Semua rakyat Malaysia, tanpa mengira kaum, agama, kawasan, latar belakang politik mahupun sosio-ekonomi perlulah bersatu untuk berjuang dan memenangi perang melawan wabak Covid-19, yang buat masa ini merupakan salah satu cabaran terbesar kepada perpaduan negara kita.

Dengan 15 orang petugas barisan hadapan telah dijangkiti oleh wabak ini, dan seorang daripada mereka ditempatkan di pusat rawatan rapi (ICU), lebih daripada 200 rakan sekerja mereka — doktor, jururawat, dan ahli farmasi — telah membuat satu rayuan yang sangat menyentuh jiwa dan raga supaya seluruh rakyat Malaysia memainkan peranan mereka dalam menewaskan penularan virus ini.

Di dalam laman Facebook “Rayuan Pengamal Perubatan”, mereka merayu kepada rakyat Malaysia supaya kekal berada di rumah, membasuh tangan dengan kerap, dan mengamalkan penjarakkan sosial dan fizikal.

Seperti yang dikatakan oleh Pakar Obstretik dan Ginekologi Dr Siti Rohayu Kamarul Baharain: “Kami semua mahu berkhidmat demi pesakit kami sebaik mungkin. Kami juga mahu kekal boleh berbuat demikian selama yang boleh. Dan kami mahu berada dan bersedia untuk mereka yang memerlukan.”

Doktor pakar di Hospital Sultan Abdul Halim, Dr Aznita Ibrahim pula menyeru orang awam supaya bersikap jujur dan memikirkan kebajikan petugas kesihatan.

“Saya sorang pengamal perubatan. Saya juga seorang isteri dan ibu kepada 4 anak kecil. Saya juga anak kepada seorang ibu tua yang sedang uzur. Kami sangat peduli tentang anda. Tolong ambil peduli tentang kami juga ya.”

Mereka semua menegaskan keperluan untuk semua orang berhenti daripada keluar rumah semasa perintah kawalan pergerakan ini berkuatkuasa bagi membolehkan negara kita memutuskan rantaian penyebaran jangkitan Covid-19 ini. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tell Malaysians about the worst-case scenario about the Covid-19 crisis

Beritahulah rakyat senario terburuk berkenaan bencana Covid-19

Perkembangan pandemik Covid-19 di peringkat antarabangsa secara terus-menerus menjadi semakin suram dan tidak menyenangkan.

Semalam, Itali telah berada di suatu tahap yang baharu apabila jumlah keseluruhan kematian berkaitan dengan Covid-19 di negara tersebut telah meragut 3,405 nyawa, melebihi jumlah kematian di China yang telah mengorbankan 3,248 nyawa.

Tanah perkuburan di bandar Bergamo tidak dapat menampung keperluan bandar tersebut sehingga pihak tentera terpaksa dikerahkan untuk membawa jenazah-jenazah mangsa Covid-19 ini ke tempat yang lain untuk dibakar. Pihak tentera juga telah menempatkan 120 orang doktor dan para petugas kesihatan untuk mengawal situasi di Bergamo dan bandar Lodi yang berdekatan. Sementara itu, hospital lapangan dan unit kecemasan pernafasan juga telah ditubuhkan di beberapa bandar di utara negara tersebut.

Penyebaran virus ini di Itali berlaku pada kadar yang sangat pantas dan menakutkan, walaupun negara tersebut telahpun mengetatkan larangan pergerakan dalam negara. Dengan kenaikan kadar kematian, upacara pengebumian tradisional telah pun diharamkan bagi mengekang perhimpunan orang awam. Read the rest of this entry »

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Muhyiddin should make daily live telecast – or even twice a day – of latest development of the Covid 19 crisis until March 31

Muhyiddin perlu membuat pengumuman langsung setiap hari untuk menyampaikan perkembangan terkini berkenaan wabak Covid-19 kepada semua rakyat Malaysia

Perdana Menteri Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin perlu meneruskan siaran langsung pengumuman beliau setiap hari sehingga 31 Mac, — atau pun lebih baik lagi, dua kali sehari — bagi memastikan rakyat Malaysia dapat mengikuti perkembangan terkini mengenai wabak Covid-19.

Siaran langsung kedua Muhyiddin yang berlangsung semalam sepatutnya dilakukan pada tengahari Selasa, sebelum Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan berkuatkuasa bagi menunjukkan bahawa bencana ini dalam suatu keadaan yang terkawal.

Siaran langsung beliau malam tadi akan lebih berkesan jika beliau mengambil tanggungjawab terhadap kekhilafannya dalam menguruskan krisis ini yang telah mendatangkan kekecohan dan perasaan panik di kalangan rakyat Malaysia yang berpusu-pusu ke pasaraya untuk membeli bekalan makanan asas, terutamanya pada hari Selasa.

Perkara ini kemudiannya disusuli pula dengan barisan panjang di balai polis oleh mereka yang berhasrat untuk mendapatkan kebenaran untuk pulang ke kampung, yang kemudiannya membawa kepada situasi di mana kerajaan berpatah balik dua kali mengenai isu permit perjalanan antara negeri, penutupan asrama universiti yang telah memaksa para pelajar untuk pulang ke kampung halaman, ketiadaan perlindungan untuk pekerja berpendapatan rendah, ketiadaan persediaan untuk penjagaan anak-anak petugas barisan hadapan, dan kekurangan koordinasi dua hala untuk rakyat Malaysia yang berkerja di Singapura.
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Election Commission must revamp its IT capabilities and facilities to introduce automatic registration of voters or at least ensure that voters who are registered one month before the elections can vote at the 14GE

Yesterday in Sandakan, the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak asked a rhetorical question, that if Malaysia is a failed state, whether King Salman of Saudi Arabia would have come to Malaysia with a large aircraft with a huge entourage?

If Salman’s entourage is an indication of the success of the countries visited by the Saudi King, it would mean that Indonesia is more than twice successful than Malaysia as Salman came to Malaysia with an entourage of 600 while he visited Indonesia with an entourage more than twice that number, i.e. 1,500!

It is of course silly to use the size of the Salman’s entourage as a yardstick to measure the success of the countries visited by the Saudi King.

I have never said Malaysia is a failed state. But unless we pull up our socks, we are in the trajectory of hurtling towards a failed and rogue state. Read the rest of this entry »

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Najib has still to fully honour his 2015 pledge to 750,000 pensioners that he would be the person of last resort to resolve all their legitimate complaints and grievances re the sudden, unethical and cruel halt of supplies of medicines and equipment by private hospitals and pharmacies

Yesterday, I asked the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak to honour his pledge in April 2015 when launching the Government Pensioners’ Foundation that pensioners should “come to me if you need help” by intervening and resolving within 24 hours the sudden, unethical and cruel halt of supplies of medicines and medical equipment to 750,000 pensioners by the private provider, OratisRx Sdn Bhd.

The 750,000 pensioners were caught by complete surprise when private hospitals and pharmacies were given less than 24-hour notice by OratisRx Sdn. Bhd on 27th February 2017 to stop all medical supplies to the pensioners as “any claims of repayment for supplies after February 27 2017 are invalid and not the responsibility of OratisRx Sdn Bhd”!

My call to the Prime Minister had some effect, for it compelled the PSD to issue a late-night announcement that pensioners can still obtain medication from public hospitals after the termination of the Electronic Medical Automation Supply System (e-MASS) that allowed pensioners to get medication from private hospitals and pharmacies. Read the rest of this entry »

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Call on Prime Minister Najib to honour his pledge by personally intervening and resolving the unethical and cruel 24-hour halt of supplies to 750,000 pensioners of medicines and medical equipment by private provider OratisRx

When launching the Government Pensioners’ Foundation in April 2015, the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak told the pensioners to “come to me if you need help”.

This is the time for the Najib to honour his pledge to the 750,000 pensioners by personally intervening and resolving the unethical and cruel 24-hour halt of supplies of medicines and medical equipment to pensioners by private provider, OratisRx Sdn. Bhd.

As former Aliran President, P. Ramakrishnan has described it, pensioners were hit with a thunder-bolt with the sudden announcement that no more medicine will be supplied for them by Oratis Services Sdn Bhd, the JPA-appointed company. Oratis had been supplying the medicine to all pensioners throughout the country since 2012. Read the rest of this entry »

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Addressing the transboundary haze problem: Open letter to the Indonesian ambassador

— Lim Guan Eng
Malay Mail Online
October 27, 2015

OCTOBER 27 — Your Excellency Ambassador Herman Prayitno,

We are deeply concerned about the ongoing transboundary haze pollution which has adversely affected the wellbeing and livelihood of millions of people in the region, including Malaysians and Indonesians. We would like to express our deepest sympathy and solidarity with our fellow Indonesians who are suffering much more, living so much closer to the forest fires hotspots.

In Malaysia, as air quality deteriorates, schools are frequently closed and consequently half a million of students are affected. The negative impact on our economy resulting from cancelled outdoor events, falling tourists arrival and overall declining productivity — although difficult to accurately assess at the current moment — are huge and irreversible. Read the rest of this entry »

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After roads and water, Impian Sarawak offers education, medical services

BY SHERIDAN MAHAVERA
The Malaysian Insider
Published: 7 October 2015 9:00 AM

Children entertained by a lion dance during an educamp organised by Impian Sarawak in Kampung Pasir, Miri, on September 23. The project is part of DAP’s community service initiative in the Borneo states. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Seth Akmal, October 7, 2015.

Ros Matius Mian has never seen her four children so impatient to go to school, with the youngest waking up even before the break of dawn to get ready for classes.

But that was the experience of many parents in the squatter colony of Kampung Pasir, 30 minutes from Miri. For about a week, their bleak surroundings were transformed into a riot of screaming kids and colourful pendants because of Impian Sarawak’s education camp.
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‘Boob job’ posters banned for trivialising cosmetic surgery

By Dugald Baird
Wednesday 18 February 2015 11.47 GMT
The Guardian

The advertising watchdog has banned a poster campaign for “trivialising” cosmetic surgery.

Posters were placed in toilets in motorway service stations and shopping centres by the Malaysian-based Medical Tourism Association stating “Did you know… ‘Boob job’ is the most popular cosmetic procedure for women”.

They added: “Malaysia is proud to be amongst one of the only countries within the region where medical tourism is promoted by the government. Hence medical tourists can have the assurance of quality care and be guided by the regulation, safety standards and the governing laws within this industry.

“Our private hospitals bagged three out of nine awards at the international Medical Travel Awards 2014.” Read the rest of this entry »

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