The Health Ministry has yet to discuss whether action will be taken against a medical officer who penned an open letter on LGBT issues.
Its minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said Dr Nur Ilyani Mohamed Nawawi, who reported for duty as usual at the Raja Perempuan Zainab Hospital II (HRPZII) in Kota Bharu, had stated that her letter was her personal opinion.
“I will take this into consideration and I can’t do anything about it yet because there is no discussion held on the matter,” Dzulkefly told reporters after launching the Integrative Medicine Seminar at the School of Medical Sciences, Health Campus, Universiti Sains Malaysia Kubang Kerian in Kota Bharu yesterday.
The open letter written by Nur Ilyani, addressed to social activist Marina Mahathir on LGBT issues, was posted on the doctor's Facebook account and has since gone viral.
Following her open letter, she was alleged to have been referred to the Public Complaints Bureau by a group that called for punitive action against the doctor by her employer, the Health Ministry.
In another development, Dzulkefly said his ministry would expand the traditional and complementary medicine (PTK) services, including traditional massage, acupuncture, shirodhara and herbal treatment, to primary healthcare following positive acceptance and high demand from the public.