Ethics, medical confidentiality vs political pressures

Dr David KL Quek

Modified 4 Aug 2008, 6:18 am

Many people, especially some cantankerous bloggers and doctors are wondering why the Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) has so far not spoken. See Not sodomy-related? Let's not be anal .

Hospital Pusrawi 280708.jpg Until now, I have remained silent on this issue, as my liberal and passionate views of social justice may not be acceptable to many who feel that we should be cautious in accommodating the powers that be.

As a concerned doctor, I too wish that more could be done and perhaps even more could be said about the issue. I respect the stance that the MMA should be cautious and circumspect in heavily-tinged political affairs. At the same time, however, I do believe that we have to allow for differences in approach which must ultimately be consonant with the current leadership’s style and position of any society, as well as respecting the demands and aspirations of our medical membership.

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