Medics’ body calls for clarity over funding of students

The Malaysian Medics International (MMI) has urged the Public Service Department (PSD) to clarify its recent decision to discontinue sponsoring students in local universities intending to pursue medical-related programmes, writes Lim How Pim for the Borneo Post.

In a statement, MMI said the department should provide more information on this decision by disclosing its rationale to the public. “For some individuals, they may have been discouraged and dissuaded from pursuing the health professions as this scholarship may have been their only means of funding their studies … In the long run, this may compromise the quality of healthcare professionals as potential candidates might be deterred due to personal financial constraints.”

The statement was issued following an official statement released by the PSD to cease scholarships for medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing and para-medical programmes for the year 2023. It was endorsed by the Malaysian Pharmacy Students’ Association, Malaysian Dental Students’ Association, Asian Medical Students’ Association Malaysia, UM Medical Society, Military Medicine National Defence University of Malaysia and Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia Student Association.
Full report on the Borneo Post site