Malaysiakini - Gov't gives green light to IJN privatisation.
What a f*-up decision!
In case you don’t know, the IJN (Institute Jantung Negara) is the National Heart Institute.
Currently the Finance Ministry owns and finances the IJN. And if Malaysia does well in anything, it’s in the IJN and its services. It's the leading medical heart centre in the region.
But DPM Najib, who’s also Finance Minister, has given the green light for its privatisation. Sime Darby is the conglomerate which will acquire a stake in IJN …
and undoubtedly … and eventually ... swallow it up completely!
… which means the publicly owned IJN will be PRIVATELY owned.
And in the private sector, its services will be provided at more than cost recovery. Aiyah, bizness lah, gotta make a ringgit or two … more likely three or more.
In making the privatization announcement Najib stressed that Sime Darby must ensure high priority for the poor.
Yea right, everyone knows that Sime Darby is just a charitable organization!
Malaysiakini also reported that Health Minister Liow Tiong Lai, echoing the future PM, said that the government would continue to regulate fees at IJN even if it was to be privatised, to ensure patients would not be overcharged.
What poppycock, just like they regulate the highway toll fees!
What Lim Guan Eng, the Penang CM, said of the government's announcement is true, that the privatisation of the IJN will eventually deny the poor affordable access to the facility.
IJN, the Heart Institute will become a ‘heartless' organization.
As reported by Malaysiakini, Lim wasn’t unconstructive as he proposed that:
… there was nothing wrong if the government considered generating revenue from the IJN or tried to run the institute like a private enterprise. The main thing was that the specialist hospital must remain under the government control ..… the public would want a medical centre ‘that is filled with love’ and ‘should continue to be a centre with a heart for the people.
Spot on, Lim!
I feel that there are certain facilities the government must never privatize …….. such as:
... water (watch out for those huge French and British water conglomerates),
... armed forces (no Yankee Blackwater please),
... emergency services (we certainly don’t want ambulance people checking our wallets for documentary evidence of private health insurance before accepting our badly injured bodies for transfer to hospitals),
IJN should be one of these non-negotiable public institutes.
Now, here's a good cause to protest for ..... to ensure future generations of poorer Malaysians with congenital heart problems won't be denied access to this public institute.