PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) has called the police investigations against doctors supporting its Code Black and Black Monday campaign as “unnecessary” and tantamount to a form of harassment to a simple show of solidarity.
MMA president Prof Datuk Dr M. Subramaniam said it received information that many of its doctors who supported the Code Black and Black Monday campaign by the MMA are being investigated by police officers.
“Although MMA is aware that the police are allowed to conduct investigations, we strongly condemn the nature of this exercise targeting doctors who have supported our campaign championing the rights of healthcare workers in the country.
“The involved doctors carried out their duties diligently while displaying their solidarity for healthcare workers.
“Medical officers like any other Malaysian have the right to stand up, even at the very least by the show of colour,” said Dr Subramaniam in a statement on Tuesday (July 13).
MMA said that the doctors under police probe are now afraid and traumatised, adding that the MMA has many times reiterated that the Code Black and Black Monday campaigns have nothing to do with other similarly colour-coded campaigns.
“We have also briefed the Health Ministry regarding our campaign and its demands during our last meeting.
“MMA is in the midst of engaging independent legal advice, and will alert the legal authorities with regards to this problem and to provide all support and assistance needed in addressing it,” he said.
Dr Subramaniam said they were reaching out to the Kuala Lumpur Bar chairman for help and would be informing its members of the outcome accordingly.
“In light of this matter, MMA aims to collaborate with the relevant parties to organise a virtual event to disseminate information regarding their rights and the legal perspectives of the issues faced by government doctors,” added Dr Subramaniam.
He also urged all other doctors with a similar experience to immediately inform its state SCHOMOS representatives whose contacts are available on its official website at mma.org.my or send an email to [email protected], or contact 03-4041 1375.
SCHOMOS refers to the MMA’s Section Concerning House Officers, Medical Officers, and Specialists.