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Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Zambry Abdul Kadir delivers a speech at the Royal Debate Competition at Universiti Teknologi Mara, Shah Alam, on December 18, 2023. — Picture by AHMAD ZAKKI JILAN/SELANGORKINI

Parallel pathway issue: Solution framework sent to AGC — Minister

KUALA LUMPUR, May 27 — The government will promptly resolve the Specialisation Degree Training Programme or ‘Parallel Pathway’ issue, with a proposed solution framework submitted to the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) for evaluation.

Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Zambry Abdul Kadir said that discussions with the Health Ministry were held recently to find a solution regarding legal aspects, in addition to issues related to the recognition of medical programmes offered in universities.

“The government is currently examining comprehensive solutions that also involve legal aspects like a need for any amendments to the Medical Act 1971, in addition to matters related to the recognition of medical programmes offered at universities.

“We have looked into it more deeply and identified that it needs to be resolved regarding matters within legal provisions,” he said after attending the investED training programme graduation ceremony organised by the Securities Commission today.

The Parallel Pathway issue gained attention when the Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) requested Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) to allow entry of non-Bumiputera medical officers who wished to undergo specialised training in cardiothoracic fields, similar to its acceptance of international students.

This comes after the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC) rejected the applications of four cardiothoracic surgeons to be listed in the National Specialist Register, as their Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in Cardiothoracic Surgery (FRCS Ed) qualification was not recognised.

Commenting further, Zambry said the issue should not only focus on the matter of admitting these four doctors to UiTM but also on why the MMC does not recognise their academic qualifications.

“It is unfair if we accuse UiTM of being too rigid and not providing space, showing no compassion to urgent cases. This involves the MMC.

“Even though they (doctors) may be allowed to temporarily pass out if UiTM provides space; ultimately, will the MMC accept them or not? This is the real question,” he said.

Zambry also urged the public to have confidence in the ongoing solution efforts and emphasised that the issue should not be exploited for political gains by any party trying to exaggerate the matter.

— Bernama

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