A PROPOSAL to appoint Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah as a minister has recently been floated. I wish to impress that it is more appropriate for the very professional and competent Dr Noor Hisham to remain as director-general of Health.
In my mind, the moment a person is elevated to the status of a politician, he would need to filter his professional stance to accommodate the wishes of his party (if he is a member of one) or follow the dictats of the ruling party (if he is not). In short, he loses the independence to make decisions based on medical evidence and science due to having to pander to the political aspirations of the party which, in some instances, may not be to the benefit of the general public.
As many Malaysians (and some in the global community as well) agree, Dr Noor Hisham is performing a sterling job in providing firm leadership and offering much needed reassurance in combating the threat of Covid-19. The way he deals with issues clearly indicates that his priorities are, and rightly so, the general well-being and health of Malaysians and not political considerations.Thus, this misconceived notion that he can perform better if he is made minister is, in my opinion, inappropriate. Let him be where he is; Malaysia truly needs a competent and towering figure in these trying circumstances.
If any acknowledgement can be given to him in future, let the powers that be consider nominating him for the post of director-general of the World Health Organisation (WHO). This would indeed be a truly global and more professional recognition of his abilities.
CAPT ABDUL AZIZ ABDULLAH