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Malaysia to give input on post-millennium goals


MALAYSIA is set to give its input to the association of Commonwealth Nations on the United Nations Post-Millennium Development Goals as part of a measure to give the 53 member nations a better role in setting its direction.

The heads of government attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) had decided that the member nations would play a more decisive role in shaping the outcome of the post-millennium goals in 2015, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

"To achieve this, a conference of CHOGM finance ministers will be held to discuss the matter and prepare input to determine the direction of UN's Post-Millennium Development Goals," he told reporters after launching the Foshwa Pvt Ltd One-Stop-Centre for Malaysian visas at a ceremony in Colombo yesterday.

Such a decision was taken based on the influence of CHOGM's member nations, which would be able to shape the direction of other international forums, said Najib.

Malaysia, he said, would be channelling its input to CHOGM by 2014 before the Commonwealth body presented its views to UN following the proposed conference.

Initiated in 2000, the eight Millennium Development Goals are aimed at, among others, halving extreme poverty, halting the spread of HIV/AIDS, providing universal primary education, reducing child mortality, promoting gender equality and ensuring sustainable development.

Najib said leaders also continued their discussions on how to achieve sustainable, equitable and inclusive development for the member nations.

Earlier, he had joined other leaders for two sessions of the CHOGM retreat.

Held at the upmarket hotel Waters Edge, the discussions during the retreat, among others, touched on the Commonwealth's fundamental values as well as the global economic situation.

Bootcamp for housemen


KUALA LUMPUR: New doctors may soon undergo their housemanship at army hospitals as the Health Ministry struggles to cope with their large numbers.

"We will be raising the issue with the Defence Ministry to allow housemanship training at their hospitals," said Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam.

Speaking to reporters after opening a Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) seminar on housemanship training here yesterday, he said 3,700 new doctors enter the healthcare sector annually.

"There are certain hospitals with wards or units with 100 doctors," he said, adding that the ratio in some hospitals was two or three doctors to one patient.

Dr Subramaniam said that due to this, new doctors may not be getting adequate training, exposure and experience.

He said the ministry was looking at setting up a curriculum for housemen to complete to ensure they had the skills to be competent.

Dr Subramaniam said the ministry was hard-pressed to find places for new doctors to undergo the required two-year housemanship with a "waiting list" that grew by the day.

He said other measures being considered were to send these doctors to serve in primary care clinics, district hospitals and expanding the number of teaching hospitals.

In the long-term, he said the ministry was looking at addressing the huge number of students taking up medicine every year.

"We need to reduce these numbers. It won't be easy but we have started discussing this matter with the Education Ministry," said Dr Subramaniam.

MMA president Datuk N.K.S. Tharmaseelan said that unlike in the past, housemen today did not get the opportunity to perform or witness many procedures such as a cesarean delivery.

"It's easy for them to get disenchanted and disillusioned with becoming doctors because they lack confidence to manage patients on their own," he said.

Kelantan still seeking expert views on hudud


KOTA BARU: The judges of the Kelantan Syariah Court are ready to hear criminal cases under hudud laws but the PAS-led state government is still seeking expert views before implementing the Syariah Criminal Code passed 20 years ago.

State Syarie Judges chief Datuk Daud Muhammad, a staunch advocate of hudud, has renewed his call to the state to implement it.

When asked to comment on the matter, Deputy Mentri Besar Datuk Mohd Amar Abdullah said the government was adopting a "non-hasty" approach and needed to collate views from experts, including former International Islamic University professor Dr Abdul Aziz Bari.

Dr Abdul Aziz, an expert in constitutional law, had said that the Kelantan government only needed the Sultan's consent to implement hudud.

Mohd Amar, who is also state PAS deputy commissioner (III), said other experts were of the view that there was a need to amend the Federal Constitution.

The Syariah Criminal Code Enactment (II) was passed in 1993 and received the consent of the then Sultan of Kelantan, Sultan Ismail Petra ibni Yahya Petra.

Mohd Amar said that although the law included a special court to hear hudud cases, the state government also needed the cooperation of the police and the Prisons Department on where to hold those arrested for offences.

Meanwhile, MCA publicity bureau deputy chairman Loh Seng Kok said Daud's remarks on the readiness to enforce PAS' version of hudud showed the irrelevance of the opposing statements by DAP leaders.

"Responses by Pakatan Rakyat leaders are insufficient to convince anyone as the PAS-led Kelantan state government unanimously passed state enactments favouring the implementation of hudud," Loh said in a statement.

He said it was clear that the current Kelantan government had consented to the implementation of hudud regardless of the assurances to the contrary being given by Pakatan.

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