The Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) finds it unacceptable and unreasonable the timing picked by the authorities to question several doctors based at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS) quarantine centre over an alleged intrusion of journalists on July 26, 2021.
It was reported in the media that the doctors concerned were asked by the police to give their statements just before midnight until the early hours of the morning.
First and foremost, if there was indeed an intrusion, shouldn’t the department in charge of security at the centre be questioned, instead of the doctors? Or are the doctors also in charge of security at the centre?
If indeed the doctors’ statements were needed, I believe the doctors would be willing to cooperate and give their statements, but at a more convenient time for them. We don’t see the rationale for them to give their statements during such ungodly hours.
These doctors are frontliners at a Covid-19 quarantine centre. The authorities should be more understanding of the work of these doctors who are treating Covid-19 patients.
The centre is overflowing with patients at this time and this can be stressful for all healthcare workers there.
Prof Dr Subramaniam Muniandy is president of the Malaysian Medical Association.
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