PETALING JAYA: A video posted by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has riled up the country’s doctors, who felt the public service announcement (PSA) clip has “deeply offended” their profession.
The 30-second video clip depicted an act of bribery occurring in a clinic, where a patient tried to pay off a doctor to obtain a medical certificate.
“This (depiction of bribery in a clinic) is an insult to the sanctity and image of our medical profession.
“The MACC should have used other examples to convey its message. As doctors, we feel deeply offended by the post which should be taken down immediately,” said Malaysian Medical Association president Dr Koh Kar Chai in a statement Wednesday (Jan 5).
Dr Koh said the MMA was demanding that the MACC issue a public apology for the video, which it said was done “in poor taste”.
The MMA president also reminded the MACC that doctors and medical personnel had been at the frontlines of the Covid-19 pandemic battle, sacrificing for the country.
“Have they forgotten our sacrifices for the country in battling our fiercest enemy which is the SARS-CoV-2 virus which has claimed 31,591 lives?
“Very recently, many of our doctors were also up to their waists in floodwater, sending aid to flood victims even while their clinics were destroyed by the floods.
“These are just some of the examples of our undying passion and commitment to providing care to the people,” said Dr Koh.