As the Malaysian Health Coalition representing 23 professional societies, 6 civil societies and 11 individuals, we congratulate Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba as Malaysia’s new Health Minister, and Dato’ Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali and Datuk Aaron Ago Dagang as Malaysia’s new Deputy Health Ministers.

We hope that you will lead Malaysia through the increasingly urgent COVID-19 situation, ensure seamless crisis response and routine healthcare delivery, and lay the foundations for future health reforms.

In the short-term, we need to overcome COVID-19 with a strong, sensible, sustainable and equitable response. This outbreak is the ultimate test of our health system and our society and demands our highest attention. Therefore, we urge you to lead an all-of-society response that includes stakeholders far beyond the Health Ministry and the Government. We must also adequately protect our front-line health professionals, physically and emotionally.

In the long-term, we must find durable solutions to our health challenges. Long queues, increasing cost, unequal healthcare access and increasing NCDs in an aging population must be addressed through reforms in the way we finance healthcare, organise public hospitals and primary care, and treat medical and allied health professionals. Reforms need a long-term inter-ministry effort, to achieve high-quality, affordable and accessible health.

We hope that you will advocate for health to be higher on the national agenda. This requires difficult decisions in issues such as healthcare for the poor or marginalised, child rights, teenage pregnancies, vaccinations, mental health, tobacco policies, certain healthcare services for non-citizens, the environment and the annual haze, and road safety. We will stand firmly behind decisions based on evidence, ethics and equity.

We look forward to a mutually supportive partnership to improve the Rakyat’s health. There is significant collective expertise, knowledge and wisdom among Malaysia’s health professionals, and we hope that you will involve us as equal partners. The Health Ministry’s experienced and dedicated professionals are appreciated by the Rakyat and recognised internationally, and they will help us build Malaysia's health together.

The health and well-being of the Rakyat is our shared priority. In our journey towards Health for All, we embrace evidence-based decision-making, multi-disciplinary teamwork, and the human right to health. We hope that these principles will guide our partnership as we serve our nation together.

 

BERKHIDMAT UNTUK NEGARA.

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES (Presidents & Chairs)

  1. Prof Dr Rosmawati Mohamed (Academy of Medicine Malaysia)
  2. A/Prof Dr Mohammad Husni Jamal (Academy of Family Physicians)
  3. Datuk Dr Kuljit Singh (Association of Private Hospitals Malaysia)
  4. Dr Sri Wahyu Taher (Family Medicine Specialists Association)
  5. Dr Philip Kho (Federation of Reproductive Health Associations)
  6. Dr Abdul Halim Shibghatullah (Chair, IKRAM Health)
  7. Dr Jeffrey Abu Hassan (Islamic Medical Association Malaysia (IMAM))
  8. Dr N Ganabaskaran (Malaysian Medical Association)
  9. Dato’ Dr Zainal Ariffin Omar (Public Health Physicians Association)
  10. Prof Dr Sanjay Rampal (MMA Public Health Society)
  11. Haji Mustafa Abd Majid (Malaysian Association of Medical Assistants)
  12. Pn Sharipah Asiah Syed Junid Aljunid (Malaysian Nurses Association)
  13. Mr Amrahi Buang (Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society)
  14. Dr Ahmad Firdaus Mohd Haris (Medical Mythbusters Malaysia)
  15. Dr Raj Kumar Maharajah (Medical Practitioners Coalition Assoc of Malaysia)
  16. Dr Sunita Bavanandan (Malaysian Society of Nephrology)
  17. Dr Muhammad Azrif (Malaysian Oncological Society)
  18. Dr Hung Liang Choo (Malaysian Paediatric Association)
  19. A/Prof Dr Pang Yong Kek (Malaysian Thoracic Society)
  20. Pn Shahrina Zawawi (Malaysian Association of Speech-Language & Hearing)
  21. Dr Murallitharan M (National Cancer Society Malaysia)
  22. Public Health Malaysia
  23. MedTweetMY

CIVIL SOCIETIES (Presidents & Chairs)

  1. Dato' Hatijah Ayob (Rare Diseases Alliance Foundation)
  2. Pn Roslizawati Md Ali (MyWATCH Action for Tobacco)
  3. Mr Justin Victor (Befrienders Kuala Lumpur)
  4. Ms Ng Yeen Seen (#OpsHarapan)
  5. CERAH Haze Action Group Malaysia
  6. Dr Wu Lien-Teh Society

INDIVIDUALS/CITIZENS

  1. YAM Tengku Puteri Raja Tengku Puteri Iman Afzan binti Al-Sultan Abdullah
  2. Tan Sri Dr Abu Bakar Suleiman
  3. Dato’ Dr Anwar Fazal
  4. Dato’ Dr Amar Singh-HSS
  5. Tan Sri Dr M Jegathesan
  6. Tan Sri Dr Jemilah Mahmood
  7. Dr Khor Swee Kheng
  8. Prof Dr Nur Aishah Mohd Taib
  9. Dr Nur Amalina Che Bakri

DEANS OF MEDICINE

  1. Prof Dr Raja Affendi Raja Ali (UKM)
  2. Prof Dr Shaiful Bahari Ismail (USM)

 

15 March 2020