Sunday, June 15, 2008

Doing A Mahathir, An Abdullah And A Ling Liong Sik Too.

Doing a Mahathir, an Abdullah and a Ling Liong Sik too.

I spent a great deal of the last seven days revisiting this blog like a restless soul wandering aimlessly in a familiar realm it has just departed from.

Maybe I am just too bored running my hamster wheel that’s life but the truth is, I am not. I have far too many events unfolding in my life every day in order to be bored. A patient bleeding from a slash wound in the neck can’t be boring, can it? Neither can that chap from Tuaran with severe facial injuries whose head is more swollen than an overinflated rugby ball. Life is interesting as it is with sleepless busy nights and unpredictable wake-up calls.

Perhaps I am just yet another desperate attention seeker longing for compliments, praises and words of adoration. This isn’t likely either because I seem to receive a lot of unwanted attention – attention as unwanted as the Malaysian citizen that I am and have turned out to be. My head of department spoke to me yesterday. Apparently he too reads this web log after being alerted about it by the other heads of departments. The Ministry of Health is supposedly monitoring the contents of this web log regularly and is more than determined to nab the author in view of the non-subservient nature of the articles. Our brief little chat shall remain confidential but suffice to say, the Ministry of Health is sorely mistaken if it thinks that all heads of departments are blind fools kow-towing humbly to weak leadership.

I do not have too much time on my hands either. I never seem to have enough minutes in a day. I am seemingly always rushing to and fro and back and beyond. Managing a web log is really an activity I can ill-afford at this juncture in life. Essentially though, it’s really a question of will and interest. It took me three days to complete “Doctors Prescribe, Pharmacists Dispense, Patients Suffer” and three weeks to pay my RM 12 water bill. The ageless adage ‘when there’s a will, there’s a way’ holds much wisdom. It can be extrapolated beyond my struggle between the duties of a government doctor and a blogger with an exaggerated sense of self-importance. For example, with adequate political will, the Malaysian Ministry of Health can transform Malaysian healthcare for the better. Instead, they are obsessed with clamping down on a non-submissive blog read by fewer than 300 people per day.

I guess I am just another loud mouth that refuses to be silenced by an authoritarian regime. I was brought up by a mother who advocated courage and resilience in the face of adversities. I guess childhood traits and lessons learnt while growing up do not fade away that easily. Someone has to expose the racist policies in education and healthcare profession. Someone needs to tell the stories of impoverished and forgotten Sabahans and the tangible consequences of Project IC/Project Mahathir. Someone has to be around to deny those corrupted, coward politicians a seamless night sleep. Someone’s gonna do it but it’s not going to be Guiness Stout’s Adam King, Joseph Pairin Kitingan or Liow Tong Lai.

It’s decided then. I am doing a Mahathir, an Abdullah and a Ling Liong Sik too. If Mahathir was allowed to un-resign after tearfully announcing his resignation on national television back in 2002, I too accord myself such a privilege. If Abdullah Ahmad Badawi can get away with blantant lies after lies with black and white press evidence, I too shall cite changing circumstances as the reason for my flip-flop decisions. I am not an MCA fan, but the former head honcho who is currently the Tun Ling Liong Sik feigns resignations and withdrawals the best among all Malaysians.

I am officially retracting my ‘Farewell and Goodbye” and bidding you all Hello and Good Morning.

Let’s kick some asses together.


zazu said...

good to have you back!!

Anonymous said...

Keep it up!!!

Anonymous said...

Yeah...u r back!

Sarah said...

Welcome back doc, glad that you have decided to keep on writing..

coolclare said...

you've got out support!!! you spoke the truths and facts!!!

Sojourner said...'re really something you know that? tell me what she talked to you about ok? I'm so glad you're back on track. Now i'll still have something else to look forward to when i go online besides checking mails and logging on to facebook.

Anonymous said...


"The Ministry of Health is supposedly monitoring the contents of this web log regularly and is more than determined to nab the author in view of the non-subservient nature of the articles".

Pastor Martin Niemöller said it best with his poem.....

Als die Nazis die Kommunisten holten,
habe ich geschwiegen;
ich war ja kein Kommunist.

Als sie die Sozialdemokraten einsperrten,
habe ich geschwiegen;
ich war ja kein Sozialdemokrat.

Als sie die Gewerkschafter holten,
habe ich nicht protestiert;
ich war ja kein Gewerkschafter.

Als sie die Juden holten,
habe ich geschwiegen;
ich war ja kein Jude.

Als sie mich holten,
gab es keinen mehr, der protestieren konnte.

When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.

When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.

When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.

When they came for the Jews,
I remained silent;
I wasn't a Jew.

When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out.


Anonymous said...

glad to have you back...
i've just got addicted to your blog and it was sad to know u're gone..
keep it up.. and im sure it'll go from 300 to 3000 visitors per day soon..
considering the quality of the articles..

Anonymous said...

Yay you are back, reading from half way across the world....
The Lord bless you and keep you
The Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace...Numbers 6:24-26

Gan said...

Bravo .. take care & watch your back.

Don't forget you have responsibilities towards your loved ones.

P.S. Wonder how they track you down to try and cow you into submission?

ShARI said...

Thanks for the flip-flop:) People like you inspire people like me.

stakhui said...

welcome back doc

Kong said...

I may not agree with everything you said and had make it known as such. But what is the point of a blog without debate of different ideas? I can't for a second, believe you to be a person wanting everyone posting here to be a "yes" man/lady and agreeing with everything you say. You are far too good for that.

Like I said before in one of your earlier post, you are a person with a set of very good moral values and will be an asset to our community. And it would be sad if these values are not shown through your blog any more.

Welcome back.

sl said...

hah hah... knew it!!! not suprised

Anonymous said...

I nearly, so nearly wanted to pay tribute to the "passing" of a great writer/blogger, but held back at the last minute just hoping to see that one glimmer of hope that you might return. The wait was damn worth while!
Welcome back dude...and go kick their asses, im right behind you if you need an extra boot! :D

Romeo said...

Awesome! Best post ever.

Welcome back buddy.

Anonymous said...

you should and have to write. Your stories have been great inspiration to me.
keep it up!!

Anonymous said...


It doesn't matter if your posts don't come fast and furious - it's the quality and not the quantity that matters. And should you decide to pursue your specialist course as a private candidate, I suspect I won't be the only one offering to chip in. Even if I'm of the Plainsong persuasion ;) Malaysia is in dire need of dedicated doctors like yourself.

Finish strong. Keep the faith.


Anonymous said...

Great to have you back online. Just want you to know that I did not delete your blogspot bookmark in my browser. You simply care too much for the people and country to just walk away into your own world. God Bless, my friend !