I’ve put up this banner in support of the call for the release of Dr Basmullah who was jailed for not registering his clinic in accordance with the PHSFA.
Dr Basmullah Yusom, a family practitioner, is the first victim of this legislation. He was sentenced despite not having legal counsel representing him, despite pleading for leniency (he had wanted to sell the clinic anyway and is in financial trouble) and as he could not pay the hefty RM 120,000 fine, he is now in Kajang prison.
You can read more about it in
The 1st clinic doctor convicted under the PHFSA
The 1st clinic doctor convicted under the PHFSA (II)
Don’t Jail Doctors Blog Campaign
Dr. Basmullah in Kajang Prison
Quash 3-month jail for Dr Basmullah
Dr.Basmullah paying RM1,333 for every day in jail
The ex-Health Minister had promised that the Act would be used only against Bogus doctors and Bogus clinics. The doctors were told, "you good guys don't have to worry. we will go after the bad guys ". Yet, we now see that legitimate licensed APC holding medical practitioners are now targeted.
And some background to the consultations and assuarances given to the doctors by the MOH here