RETHINK BORDER REOPENING AND EMPOWER PRIVATE HOSPITALS TO JOIN IN THE VACCINATION PROCESS URGES MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE.

‘I will tighten further our borders as gaps are alleged. So can someone very intelligent up there tell us what the equivalent of one Chinese tourist in Deaths of Malaysians?’

RETHINK BORDER REOPENING AND EMPOWER PRIVATE HOSPITALS TO JOIN IN THE VACCINATION PROCESS URGES MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE.

Despite all the hype stating ‘no exceptions’ and perceptions that our closed borders and protocols allegedly positioned/placed will insulate the country from any escalation we are told that the South Africa variant found its way here!

How?

Now several travelers from China had recently arrived in Sarawak and underwent mandatory quarantine as well as RT-PCR testing.

It is reported that despite the Chinese visitors being already given two doses of their vaccine in their home country, they tested positive for the disease.

Again this sends shock waves how this could happen.

The reasonable Malaysian community members have difficulty addressing such gaps when we have personalities who over-speak in front of cameras and the media giving impressions that they are in control?

But are they?

Even when the danger is real we have voices calling out to open our borders so that international tourism can boom?

There are political pressures exerted to further open up our business spaces in view forthcoming religious festivities?

And who will monitor that the spaces and protocols are fully adhered to?

Inexplicably there are reports that even foreign workers from Bangladesh are being brought back by politically connected cartels in the eye of a Covid-19 storm!

Seriously, we need to be honest to ourselves and the Malaysian communities who are no fools either!

I am aware there is so much at stake in procurement dollars and those vested interest predators.

I will tighten further our borders as gaps are alleged. So can someone very intelligent up there tell us what the equivalent of one Chinese tourist in Deaths of Malaysians?

Reports indicate that despite being fully vaccinated, tests found that these individuals had a high viral load and thus highly infectious at the time of their arrival?

If travelers from China who have been fully vaccinated are infected what does that say about the Chinese vaccine’s effectiveness?

Again, like the arrival of the South African strain here, how did these visitors and others allowed on a plane?

Clinical trials have showed the Pfizer vaccines lowered risks of developing symptomatic COVID-19 by about 95%.

Again it means that vaccinated people were about 20 times less likely to get the disease than those who have not received the vaccine.

Again we are advised that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine had a 72% efficacy rate among Americans.

And experts say the protection appears to be lower because it was the only shot that was tested against the more contagious coronavirus variants.

It means that the vaccines are not capable of protecting everyone from infection.

But it is claimed they are able to protect them by spurring the development of antibodies without causing sickness, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

Fast forward April 10th 2021 – here in Malaysia, we are willing and can afford to pay for the vaccination!

But we want a vaccine of our choice!

This is my body, my life we are talking here!

Please do not tell us that the Director General of Malaysian Health Services and another set of politicians know what is best for us Malaysians!

I think there is no need to refresh every one of the many alleged failures, gaps, U-turns and double talk in addressing and managing this pandemic from day one.

I hope seriously there is no new pandemic of political deafness and that hearing the repeated appeal by stakeholders – the Malaysian government will allow private hospitals to bring in vaccines on their own and treat those who make that informed choice even if they have to pay out of pocket for them.

There are several medical practitioners in my family and as such, we will not allow any member of my family to be administered with any vaccine we are uncomfortable with.

Since several members of my family and friends in the US and Singapore had their vaccines, we will trust the types of vaccines used in the US and Singapore.

And since we are talking of our bodies and willing to pay for it if the need be – it is our consumer right enshrined in international consumer legalities and charters.

CALLING FOR ACTION TO BE INITIATED AGAINST RECKLESS AND NEGLIGENT PARENTS WHO PUT THEIR CHILDREN AT RISKS SAYS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE

‘What is the international Gold standard practiced in law and order to protect our little children?

Will our authorities act responsibly so that the rights, interest of the minor are protected?

Or do we continue to practice double-standards by non-action?’

CALLING FOR ACTION TO BE INITIATED AGAINST RECKLESS AND NEGLIGENT PARENTS WHO PUT THEIR CHILDREN AT RISKS SAYS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE

Parents have a duty of care to ensure their children’s needs are met.

That duty of care is a legal requirement which parents have to provide to their dependent, as society expects that parents must meet the needs of those who are under their care.

For example, it is well established that a duty of care is owed by a motorist to all other road users.

Doctors owe a duty of care to their patients.

Employers owe a duty of care to their employees.

And schools are under a duty of care with respect to their pupils.

The legal concept of parental rights generally refers to a parent’s right to make decisions regarding a child’s education, health care, and religion, among other things.

If parents are separated or divorced, these rights can extend to custody and visitation.

As far as I am concerned I believe our duty and rights as a parent is:

  1. to protect your child from harm.
  2. to provide your child with food, clothing and a place to live.
  3. to financially support your child.
  4. to provide safety, supervision and control.
  5. to provide medical care.
  6. to provide an education.

There has been far too many children dying in vehicles after parents and minders forgot that there is an infant in the car or left alone elsewhere.

Despite the incidents has the state initiated criminal charges against those responsible?

The following photographs were taken by a shocked motorist on a Malaysian road yesterday.

They alerted CASSA MALAYSIA immediately.

This is not the first time we Malaysians have seen such despicable behavior where the life of a child is put at risk by a driver when the child sits on the drivers lap when the car is in motion!

In other incidents, we have pictures of children standing putting their head out the windows or sun roofs when the SUV is traveling at speed or unrestrained by safety belts or child seats.

When will our parents behave responsibly?

When will the authorities take punitive action against parents who put their kids at risk?

How do we react to such recklessness and negligence in Malaysia?

What is the international Gold standard practiced in law and order to protect our little children?

Will our authorities act responsibly so that the rights, interest of the minor are protected?

Or do we continue to practice double-standards by non-action?

 

COOKED FOOD HYGIENE: ARE MALAYSIAN RESTAURANTS UPHOLDING STANDARDS ASK MALAYSIA ASEAN/APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE?

‘Let us not forget that under Section 11 of the Food Act 1983 food premises can be closed down for their failure to meet hygiene criteria for restaurants.’

COOKED FOOD HYGIENE: ARE MALAYSIAN RESTAURANTS UPHOLDING STANDARDS ASK MALAYSIA ASEAN/APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE?

All Malaysians will agree that the number of eateries the Health Ministry (MOH) was compelled to close reflected a poor awareness among Malaysians and those who are expected to protect consumer rights and interests in this area of food safety and hygiene!

For example, in 2015, a total of 124,254 food premises were inspected. Of this 2,422 (1.9%) were ordered closed.

That is not the full story as a total of 8,210 compounds were issued to food premises operators for offenses committed under the Food Hygiene Regulations 2009!

A great move by Malaysia’s Ministry of Health!

Well done!

But sadly the situation shows no sign of improving.

And there are reports that in 2016, first half 645 of the 28,026 food premises inspected were ordered to close.

And allegations/report that 3,418 compounds have been issued for various offenses.

I am sure we are all aware of that circular issued by the ministry on Food Hygiene Regulations 2009, which was fully enforced from January 2014, stated 33 compoundable offenses for food operators.

And they range from licensing to the transportation of meat, cooked food and raw fruits as well as vegetables.

Maximum penalties include fines not exceeding RM10, 000.00 or not more than two years’ jail, or both.

But how many have received such punishments to date?

Food handlers including hawkers must be licensed by their respective councils who will ensure that they have been vaccinated against typhoid.

That is not all as we have a food handlers training programme started by MOH in 1996 in preparation for the 1998 Commonwealth Games.

Again if my data is correct we should have more than 251 entities recognized by the Government as training centers.

And those applying for restaurant and hawker licenses are advised to also attend the course.

But dirty eateries thrive, and one must ask, why this is so?

That is not all.

These days our consumers are more proactive.

They will not stand down if they are served food that are unhygienic or seriously a food hazard.

Such was the case of a consumer who had alleged that there were worms in their ordered Biryani rice.

They had taken photographs, they alerted the food logistic company who in turn apologized.

Upset, frustrated these consumers updated the incident complete with photographs on their social media page which went viral.

The restaurant owners responded by making Police reports and further uploaded threats against these consumers of legal action, even naming their solicitor.

If it was to intimidate complaining consumers energized by the Consumer Protection Act, the Food Act and several other statutes this back fired.

The matter was referred to CASSA MALAYSIA who immediately alerted    various government agencies on the matter.

CASSA MALAYSIA also intervened with conversations with the investigating officers of the Malaysian Police Force, who received a Police Report allegedly claiming defamation.

This was getting messy.

I have always advocated that parties to any grief or complains to meet discuss and have a conversation to right any alleged wrong.

This is 2021.

If those complaint against attempt to draw in the Police Force for such cases it would be looked upon as trying to intimidate ordinary folks and that cannot be left unchallenged.

Consumers affected by dirty eateries and served unhygienic food have rights.

The restaurant too has their rights if the complaint is without substance, frivolous and unsubstantiated!

I have always therefore advised consumers affected to make Police reports, protect the evidence and alert both the Ministry of Health and the Health Department of the Local Council entity of the area, update the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumers affairs as well.

This is to facilitate a comprehensive investigation, where all matters must be investigated.

All parties have rights!

This will have its implications to restaurants who are allegedly not adhering to the law be it food preparation, dirty eatery, illegal workers without health certificates and a numerous other issues.

I do not expect the quality and professionalism let alone the law pertaining to the food Act and numerous other guidelines and statutes to be followed strictly by businessmen operating food premises and chains.

I have addressed these matters for over 40 years!

Despite drastic action taken by the government agencies we have yet to produce a large proportion of businessmen operating restaurant chains to adhere to the law, quality and professionalism.

But recent attempts to make Police reports, initiate legal action is a departure, an attack on consumers making legitimate complaints.

I must advise them to be cautious lest they open the Pandora box which will bring together a host of government agencies and CASSA MALAYSIA to protect the rights and interest of Malaysian consumers exercising their right to safe and hygienic food!

Perhaps, the better way forward is a warm and friendly conversation between parties with CASSA MALAYSIA as mediators, and the issue addressed in a manner that upholds justice and ethics.

And apologizing certainly not a weakness but of great strength!

Let us all do the right thing folks!

 

GOVT URGED TO EXTENT IGP’S TENURE IN OFFICE BY A YEAR TO LEAD WAR AGAINST THE CARTELS IN MALAYSIA APPEALS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE

‘When my life was repeatedly threatened, my car vandalized by the cartels involved in the theft of sand, or scams and the black economy word was sent out that I be protected from any harm.’

GOVT URGED TO EXTENT IGP’S TENURE IN OFFICE BY A YEAR TO LEAD WAR AGAINST THE CARTELS IN MALAYSIA APPEALS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE

Throughout my career as a lead consumerist spanning 40 years, I had the privilege and honor of working with many home ministers, starting with Tun Musa Hitam and certainly the nation’s top cops!

Our relationships have always been of cordiality, warmth and respect.

All of them from time immemorial had been protective of me and worried for my safety as I addressed many critical, security and life threatening issues.

When my life was repeatedly threatened, my car vandalized by the cartels involved in the theft of sand, or scams and the black economy word was sent out that I be protected from any harm.

That respect and mutual cordiality still exist till today and I am truly grateful to both the Home Minister Dato’ Seri Hamzah bin Zainudin and our IGP.

I have a lot of respect for current Inspector-General of Police and dear friend, Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador!

I admire his professionalism, his no nonsense approach and zero tolerance for any corrupt activity.

As such I am further delighted hearing his assurance that the police will not allow itself to be controlled by any groups, internal or external.

He also spoke of a movement that wanted to bring him down and aspired to control the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM).

This cannot be allowed to happen!

The IGP’s statement had surrounded four key areas of a clear and present danger to the image of the security apparatus in Malaysia and our image globally as a nation that upheld the law.

It was very brave for the IGP to state what many of us had suspected long ago but unable to do anything.

Among them:

  1. That powerful and prominent individuals with Tan Sri and other honorifics ‘were running Malaysia’s drug cartels
  2. Of cartels within and externally manipulating the administrative and management portfolios of promotions within the Malaysian Police Force
  3. That corruption and corrupt practices exist within and even at the highest positions within.
  4. And finally that the IGP and other dedicated and professional clean cops are now targets of the said cartels.

As an individual and the country lead consumerist who has and continues to serve my country I appeal to our beloved King, current Prime Minister, our Home Minister to immediately take steps  to extend IGP Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador tenure of office by another year to address this clear and present danger!

The issues herein are extremely serious and involve national and homeland security.

And the IGP’s extension of tenure a much needed step in this war against our internal enemies of state!

So that he can pick a high powered team to go to war against those who now threaten us!

THE SIO CLUSTER INEXPLICABLY SILENT – I WONDER WHY ASKS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE

‘This is a global tragedy that could have been better managed and a post incident communication and crisis management fiasco that could have been avoided!’

THE SIO CLUSTER INEXPLICABLY SILENT – I WONDER WHY ASKS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE

Every year just before the 9M-MRO disappearance anniversary, we will have a serial number of press narratives.

The media cut and paste experts, reports, new narratives hit massive new heights.

A day will not pass without something written, rehashed, an opinion column, or even things stranger.

Joining the circus, certain airline media mercenaries quite notorious for fake reporting as they also get into the act using their principle ‘source and partners in crime to spin?’

We will also have new versions and claims of new debris from MH370 being floated!

There will be individuals claiming they are in communication with the Malaysian government on a third search in their favorite playground.

Which of course we the insiders know is a fake narrative.

Others will claim that they were offered an opportunity to look at radar Intel provided they signed NDAs?

Others will quote that they are working with all kinds of scientists and drift analyst?

Inexplicably these are the same individuals who had claimed this was a homicide, or it was a massive crash into their favorite ocean and at other times accuse us of a cover up and strangely not once ask that right question – if indeed the aircraft went on a frolic of its own to their favorite sea-scape how high tech radar did not pick up its presence along that entire stretch?

No one in the right mind will shut down their primary and secondary surveillance radars – period for maintenance!

So let us keep that excuse for that watching sesame street!

Neither ask serious questions of vicarious liability, corporate nor brand responsibility, questions to the US and Australia or for that matter why they targeted anyone who shared not their position on the matter?

Though I respect but do not share Florence de Changy version of what really happened, we are glad her book did shake many trees!

As we await another version of what really happened and where indeed that wreckage lies, we remember this Holy Week all those who perished in this tragedy that could have been better managed and a post incident communication and crisis management fiasco that could have been avoided!