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Post  LEE JIAN HSIEN KEW080012 on Tue 19 Jan 2010, 2:28 am

ASSIGNMENT 2

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1Malaysia Clinics
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The idea of introducing 1Malaysia clinics was putting forward in November last year. It is launched under the 2010 Budget. Indeed, it is a commendable move striving towards the concept of 1Malaysia. It is also one of the government’s endeavours in order to improve the quality of life of the low-income city dwellers.

The government’s initiative is timely to meet the urgent health needs of our community in urban areas. So far, 50 locations nationwide have been indentified to be set up the clinics. People have the option of either go to the government clinic or private clinic. Undeniably, the government’s move is to cater the needs for the people. However, we should not compromise on the quality of care provided through the clinics.

Our nation accepted the idea of 1Malaysia clinic with mix of feelings. Alternative media thinks that this plan appears to be brought by directive, rather than by rationale and well-thought planning. The Malaysian Medical Association president (MMA) perplexed with the establishment of the 1Malaysia clinic as it will affect their margins of profit. Some say we are putting the clock back by having paramedics and nurses to run the clinics in lieu of doctors themselves. Consumer’s Association of Penang (CAP), on the other hand, applauded the government’s move.

It is quite ironic where in towns and cities, there are much enough doctors and nurses to cater to the health needs of most city residents. It is supported by the fact that medical schools are mushrooming every year. Most recently, the University of Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) is going to launch its first medical courses this May. While other areas, especially remote and rural areas in the interiors of Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia, the doctor-population ratio is superficially small. The scarcity of health equipments in rural areas is also a long-term unsolved problem.
From another point of view, most paramedics are experienced officers who are able to identify their limitations on diseases and the type of services that required referral to doctors. They are bounding by guidelines and procedures, which are regulated to meet certain standards. Also, paramedics and nurses are under the supervision of at least one doctor stationed in the nearby area who can give advises and guidance from time to time. Regarding to the infringement of private sector’s incomes, our Prime Minister vowed that the 1Malaysia clinics do not pose earnings threat to private clinics as the patients will be referred to them for further treatment.

Under the concept of the 1Malaysia clinic, a patient will be charged only RM1 per visit. Yet, do we really need these clinics just because it is cheaper but with low quality of care? Certainly no! As such, the authorities must routinely check the standards of treatments and remedy deficiencies of the system, so that the welfare of the public will not be compromised.

As the first 1Malaysia clinic was launched at Kampung Kerinchi on 7th June, 2010, it set a proactive step towards fulfilling the corner-stone of our government: One Malaysia, People First, Performance Now. The government is carrying out social responsibility, especially the poor in urban areas. If feasible, 1Malaysia clinics should be set up in different ethnics-concentrated locations, and the medical assistants should come from different backgrounds.

All in all, there are pros and cons of establishing the 1Malaysia clinics. This concept is still in a premature stage, we, as a Malaysian, shall give a chance to prove the system effectiveness. We sincerely hope that the delivery of healthcare can be done in a smooth, efficient ways and the government should from time to time evaluate the effectiveness of the clinics and identify the problems thereof.


SPEECH
Barack Obama Remarks on Haiti
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It was an unimaginable disaster of 7 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti last Tuesday. Many have been killed, while many are still trapped in the rubble of the buildings. The presidential palace, the United Nations peacekeeping headquarters, the main prison, churches, schools, hospitals, administrative buildings are all toppled in ruins. Apparently, massive efforts and commitment are sought urgently.

Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and has a history of destructive natural tragedies. In terms of deforestation, about three-quarters of Haitians are dependent on charcoal as their primary source of heat for cooking as there is little access to electrical energy. Consequently, the country’s forests began to disappear, to the extent of less than 1% of the land is forested nowadays.

This is a country of 10 million people, where this country is not the focal point of terrorists, but with the rampant corruption, the political system itself, environmental devastation, etc have left its talented people at the mercy of the disasters. Does not it make sense for the Western countries to pay attention to Haiti rather than so-called maintaining the safety and peacefulness in the central of Asia? Indeed, it does.

Regarding to the speech, this is clearly not an impromptu speech, as the President’s administrators were presented, standing on the two sides. From his speech, we can know that he was highly concerning about the mayhem in Haiti. He understood the situation happened around Haiti: roads are impassable, the main port is badly damaged, communications are just beginning to online, and aftershocks continue.

As a world leader, he knew what should be done in alleviating the aftermath pain of Haitian. The Obama’s administration, the State Department and U.S. military were working to coordinate assistance. The U.S. $100 million relief fund is timely, where lifesaving equipments, food, water, medicine, can be channelled to the victims. The American is with the people of Haiti, standing with them, and pledged to come to their aid, much helping is on the way.

We sincerely hope that every country is willing to stand side by side with the Haitians. Perhaps the nation leaders as well as the television camera would not move away and abandon the people in Haiti after the chaos has ended. With everyone working hand in hand, Haiti can turn this tragedy into a new turning point for the Haitians to move beyond the poverty and strive towards prosperity.


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Post  WongKiaMing KEW080025 on Tue 19 Jan 2010, 8:10 am

I do not really understand the concept of 1Malaysia Clinic, but my mother seems very happy because she can get a lot of drugs by paying RM 1 only...... Embarassed
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Post  Leong Jia Wei KEW080013 on Tue 19 Jan 2010, 9:02 am

I think we should give The 1Malaysia Clinic concept a chance since it is still new. Full-blown criticisms later if it screws up badly lol!

...television camera would not move away and abandon the people in Haiti after the chaos is ended...
Nothing attracts human interest like human tragedy...
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Post  Cheah Meng Kit KEW080006 on Tue 19 Jan 2010, 9:36 am

I think 1Malaysia Clinic is a very good concept from the government. It really helps the poor people to be able to get good medical care. bounce bounce bounce
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Post  lauchunwokew080011 on Tue 19 Jan 2010, 11:27 pm

1Malaysia clinic is a new challenger for our country, i hope this concept will bring our country toward Wawasan 2020.
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Post  NURAINRAZI KEW080016 on Sun 24 Jan 2010, 8:08 pm

WongKiaMing KEW080025 wrote:I do not really understand the concept of 1Malaysia Clinic, but my mother seems very happy because she can get a lot of drugs by paying RM 1 only...... Embarassed

it's a good thing.medication should be cheap and affordable to everyone

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