Consumerist: SMK Alam Megah Principal Has Apologized – Let It Rest, Publicity Hungry Politicians Told!

Dato Jacob George

‘I think it is time all Malaysians stand down playing the race and religion card as I see that is the only formula that can bring us back to normalcy and from the brinkmanship of racial and religious chaos!

I think that all parties and that includes the government – let the matter rest as we all have more important duties to address!’ – Dr Jacob George

Consumerist: SMK Alam Megah Principal Has Apologized – Let It Rest, Publicity Hungry Politicians Told!

It takes a great person to apologize and she has and as far as I am concerned the matter must be put to rest and we should get on to seeing how we can serve our constituents better!

I am advised that the principal of SMK Alam Megah in Shah Alam is said to have admitted that she told Indian and Chinese students to ‘return to India and China’ during a school assembly two days ago.

But she has also apologized.

There was no malice in her outburst at misbehaving students but perhaps in that situation it may have gone over-board.

The principal apparently made the remarks because students were being noisy while the national anthem was being sung.

She too felt she should not have made those remarks and that it was in the heat of the moment!

But like I said she has apologized and to me it takes great humility and remorse to want to apologize!

Perhaps to the political and individuals of lesser minds an apology will not suffice!

Perhaps, they feel the principal has belittled the non-Malay students in the presence of the Malays students which is very traumatic and it can lead to profiling!

The insulting words chosen gives an impression that is bandied around by many Malaysian politicians which gives minorities a lesser in status and citizenry.

Yes, I do agree the statement can dent and perhaps have a likelihood that the patriotic pride of the innocent students has taken a severe battering and evoked feelings of inferiority in the presence of their Malay friends.

I think it is time all Malaysians stand down playing the race and religion card as I see that is the only formula that can bring us back to normalcy and from the brinkmanship of racial and religious chaos!

I think that all parties and that includes the government – let the matter rest as we all have more important duties to address!

To the publicity hungry and bankrupt politicians trying to make a name for yourself by making a mountain out of petty issues for your own political agenda, or playing up race and religious issues – go get yourself a life!

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Consumerist: Home Minister, IGP, Health Minister & Foreign Minister To Be Briefed! Nigerian Herald Told – Get Your Facts Right – Malaysia Does Not Do Illegal Kidney Or Other Transplants!

Dato Jacob George

Consumerist: IGP, Health Minister & Foreign Minister To Be Briefed! Nigerian Herald Told – Get Your Facts Right – Malaysia Does Not Do Illegal Kidney Or Other Transplants!

The Herald

If you are not aware, ask and we will update you, do not smear my country Malaysia with lies and more lies and irresponsible journalism!

First, your allegation that Nigerians are coming to Malaysia to sell their kidneys for a fee and that clandestine underground operations are been done to harvest the said organs is a blatant lie!

Second, if you did not know – know this – Malaysia is in the fore front of the campaign against Organ Tourism and most importantly, this writer and his highly qualified medical professionals friends associated with him are making sure, it remains so!

Thirdly, this kind of stupid allegation, which first gained notoriety had been dealt with when it came out of Pakistan, with police reports made after a team of practitioners and I made police reports and briefed former IGP Ismail, two years ago.

The Malaysian Police have investigated and found those reports to be blatantly lies!

I notice it is now coming back this time from Nigeria!

Fourthly, I have already briefed the Health Minister several years ago and I am aware there are medical protocols already in place in Malaysia to prevent any such happening and as such this article appearing in the Herald in Nigeria is the most foul and irresponsible form of journalism!

I though Malaysian journalism is bad and notorious – this is pretty dark and I am not being racist here!

I will now brief present the Home Minister, IGP, the Minister of Health, Malaysia, Foreign Minister that a diplomatic protest can be made at the Nigerian Embassy so that this form of irresponsible articles are not allowed to tarnish the good name of Malaysia and tar our physicians in bad light!

Just to show how notorious and blatantly foul that article is I upload the said article herewith for readers!

You owe us Malaysians – an apology Nigeria!

Organ Trafficking: How Some Nigerians Sell Their Kidneys For N15 mln In Malaysia
By Health Editor on July 7, 2013

The kidney donation business has become a thriving one.

There have been reports in the media about some Nigerians who travel to Malaysia through ‘kidney salesmen/agents’ to help them sell one of their kidneys.

SUNDAY PUNCH encountered one of such agents who claimed the price could be up to N15m.

“We pay for their travelling expenses and accommodation in Malaysia and India. The only thing that willing donors pay for is their passport,” said the agent, adding that it was a legitimate business.

“It is just based on trust; I can’t say anything more than that. I can only assure you that we are legitimate. I’ve done it for over 10 people already this year, and till today, they have not had any cause for alarm. This kind of deal is done underground and restricted, so they cannot say it in the open; we get most of their businesses from referrals,” he said.

The agent who pleaded anonymity added that the sellers are mostly young people who are less than 40 years old.

“We can get it from anybody as far as he or she doesn’t have a history of smoking or alcohol problems. We also verify the person’s health status before they travel out by conducting medical tests on them,” he explained. He also claimed that agents also accompany the person to the destination (Malaysia or India) and they are present during the whole operation ‘to ensure there are no issues at all.’

However, Dr. Bamgboye expressed worry over the increase in the number of Nigerians going abroad to sell their body organs.

“The increasing trend where Nigerians donate an organ for a fee has been of some concern to us in the Nigerian Association of Nephrologists,” noted Dr. Bamgboye, who is also its chairman.

He said Pakistan and the Philippines used to be the popular destinations for Nigerians. Some years back, in these countries, one could find a kidney donor for as low as $500 (N75,000)

“But nobody goes to Pakistan now because it’s like a war zone,” he explained.

In 2008, the International Society of Nephrology and the Transplantation Society came together in Istanbul, Turkey, at a summit organised by the World Health Organisation on Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism. It produced the Istanbul Declaration, a framework to govern organ donation and transplantation activities around the world.

The Declaration called on the medical community, especially transplant surgeons and nephrologists, to join the WHO to put pressure on health ministries in various countries with a transplantation program to eliminate organ trafficking and transplant tourism.

“The legacy of transplantation is threatened by organ trafficking and transplant tourism. The Istanbul Declaration aims to combat these activities and preserve the nobility of organ donation.

The success of transplantation as a life-saving treatment does not require, nor justify victimising the world’s poor as a source of organs for the rich,” noted the Steering Committee of the Istanbul Summit.

Dr. Bamgboye said he was one of the two Nigerians who represented the country at the summit.

“The Declaration forbids commercial kidney transplantation, transplant tourism, or organ donation for a fee. This is now recognised worldwide as something that should not be done by anybody and Nigerian doctors, being part of that declaration, have been trying to make rules in Nigeria and ensure that the Senate and House of Representatives join the rest of the world to promulgate that act. Most countries have enacted it,” he noted.

Beyond commercial kidney transplantation, there is the need for the country to improve its health care system and health insurance for the scheme to handle cases such as these, noted Dr. Olugbenga Awobusuyi, a consultant nephrologist and kidney specialist.

“There are many countries which are not as rich as Nigeria, but their health care system is better than what we have in Nigeria because the ruling class and those who are responsible for health issues have actually taken the right decisions to enable people benefit from quality health care system,” Awobusuyi said.

According to statistics, there are currently 36.8 million Nigerians (23 per cent of the total population) suffering from different forms of kidney disorder while an estimated 15,000 new patients are diagnosed every year.

Like 19-year-old Bayo Idowu, an accounting student of the Tai Solarin University of Education, Ogun State, who has been diagnosed with a renal problem, although his kidneys are said to be functioning properly, his father said the doctors at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital diagnosed that Bayo’s kidney was leaking protein to his urine.

“It started in 2011. This is the fifth time he is being admitted to the hospital for treatment,” he said.

“I cannot pass out urine very well because all my bladders are blocked. Sometimes this condition lasts for three weeks or three days, and then parts of my body are swollen. I missed four papers during the last examination in school. Our semester examination is supposed to begin next week but I was told that lecturers are going on strike.” said Bayo, with difficulty, when our correspondent met him at LASUTH.

“Although the doctors told me there was no kidney failure, they said it has an infection and have advised that Bayo undergo a biopsy test to ascertain how the infection has damaged the kidney.

Since it started, I have spent more than N1 million for tests, scans and treatments at different hospitals. It has affected my business adversely. The biopsy would cost N80,000 and I don’t have any money again,” said the father, who sells motor spare parts in Lagos. He called on good-hearted Nigerians to help his son.

“I don’t want to lose my boy. I also want him to continue his academics. I need assistance from Nigerians,” he pleaded.

Cases like Bayo’s may be the reason why Dr. Bamgboye said that Nigerian patients are faced with many challenges in terms of treatment.

The rise in the number of Nigerians with some forms of kidney disorder may be due to the growing cases of hypertension and diabetes in the country, which are not managed properly, noted Dr. Awobusuyi.

“Common causes are hypertension and diabetes. Kidney failure can also result if chronic infections which cause chronic glomerulonephritis, and complicated infections like Hepatitis A and B, HIV/AIDS and even malaria, are not managed properly. The usage of some medical drugs, even native medications and herbs, have been known to cause kidney disease, a common one is gentamycin antibiotics, (in large doses),” he explained, adding that kidney diseases can affect anyone, no matter the age.

There are currently seven hospitals in the country equipped for kidney transplant. They include St. Nicholas, Lagos; University of Ife Teaching Hospital; Bayero University Teaching Hospital, Kano; University College Teaching Hospital, Ibadan. Other centres are in Ilorin, Maiduguri and Lagos University Teaching Hospital, which carried out their first kidney transplants last year.

According to Dr. Bamgboye, St. Nicholas carried out the first kidney transplant in Nigeria in 2000 and since then it has done 125 successful transplants.

Due to the lack of health centres with quality facilities for kidney transplantation and treatment in the country, many now travel abroad to have it done.

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Consumerist: Levy Sanctions On Racist Politicians US & EU Urged!

Dato Jacob George

‘It will also prevent the same politicians speaking with a ‘warped logic, forked tongue and venom’ in domestic politics , but by some ‘inexplicable transformation’ (?) as ‘peace ambassadors and international statesmen’ in international boardrooms and forum!’ – Dr Jacob George

LEVY SANCTIONS ON RACIST POLITICIANS THE US AND EU URGED!

Once they were all stationed in South Africa but since those dark days of apartheid, racism and racist policies have mushroomed the world over!

Today it is official nationalistic policy in some countries to spearhead racism, racial and religious profiling!

And when this is done the damage to a society and future generations is far greater than can be envisaged!

We already have the war against terrorism and perhaps it is time for another war!

Not a war using weapons of destruction but a war targeted at politicians the world over who spearhead acts of racism and religious prosecution on minorities of the land!

The instrument I am referring to is a comprehensive travel sanction levied on each of these politicians no matter which country they originate!

This should be followed up with the freezing of their assets and bank accounts abroad!

It is time the international community stood together addressing racism, religious profiling and the displacement of minorities and defenseless communities by political mind games and brute force!

Both the US and members of the European Union have between them the hard and software to initiate this without delay!

This brings us to the question of the identification of racist politicians spurring venom of hate in their respective societies create turmoil and racial riots and displacement!

Whether this is in Somalia, Uganda, and Yemen, Zimbabwe or countries in the Asia Pacific region no one should be left unfiltered!

The US, the European Union have their respective diplomatic personal stationed and in each diplomatic enclave therein!

You have your respective attaches who can monitor the local media networks and a report therein compiled and submitted for immediate action!

It is time we handled these racist politicians in an international effort!

It will also prevent the same politicians speaking with a ‘warped logic, forked tongue and venom’ in domestic politics , but by some ‘inexplicable transformation’ (?) as ‘peace ambassadors and international statesmen’ in international boardrooms and forum!

These racists are no better than those who today target innocent soft targets and civilians be they in Bosnia, in Palestine, in Somali, Yemen, Iran, Pakistan the Arabian peninsula states, the African continent, North Korea, Myanmar or other South East Asian States!

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Consumerist: Sanjeevan’s Shooting No Need To Transfer To Serdang If Possible – Surgeons Can Operate At Seremban GH!

Dato Jacob George

‘I am also sure that there is no necessity to move Sanjeevan to Serdang and that qualified surgeons can be sent to Seremban Hospital to do the needful provided he is physically stable for an intervention!

Moving him from one hospital to another is ludicrous and the danger comes in many folds from security issues to many medical when you move him from one destination to another as security details have also to be really addressed!’ – Dr Jacob George

Consumerist: Sanjeevan’s Shooting No Need To Transfer To Serdang If Possible – Surgeons Can Operate At Seremban GH!

It was reported that Sanjeevan from Mywatch was gunned down at about 4.30pm two days ago in Jempol, Negri Sembilan!

That was two days ago!

To date, he is been moved from one hospital to another and I find it strange and inexplicable why the pussy footing on this matter by the medical authorities!

I am also sure that there is no necessity to move Sanjeevan to Serdang and that qualified surgeons can be sent to Seremban Hospital to do the needful provided he is physically stable for an intervention!

Moving him from one hospital to another is ludicrous and the danger comes in many folds from security issues to many medical when you move him from one destination to another as security details have also to be addressed!

In the meantime, I am more concerned about the comments coming out from ‘many sources and advisers’ all basking in this traumatic sad episode giving their own 2 cents worth!

2 Cents worth comments can cloud issues, prejudice them harmfully, and it is better not to jump to any conclusion about hospital work procedures because there are medico-legal-security reasons for any decision to be taken.

I am all too aware that each and every hospital its own protocols and it must be adhered too, strictly.

It is all confusing and new statements from ‘unauthorized individuals and laypersons’ only tend to muddy a already muddied ground!

In the meantime, I ask the police to strictly monitor the taking and uploading of private hospital based pictures of Sanjeevan’s which is against medical and ethical practice.

One final word – perhaps, all of us can say a prayer or two, at our places of worship for this young man!

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Consumerist: Its Plain MOB Rule Again, This Time, A Commercial Film Is Reviewed!

Dato Jacob George

‘The fact remains that it all started with this serial racist journo who has a history and track record of ‘apartheid trend racism’ who decided that day he will now attack this film and so he did!

He is untouchable by any standards of public or international morality or ethics!’ – Dr Jacob George

Consumerist: Its Plain MOB Rule Again, This Time, A Commercial Film Is Reviewed!

The mob says it ‘glorifies communism?’

So if really that is a fact have the courage then to immediately break off all diplomatic ties with China!

Stop all Malaysian cronies, the types that have great business interest there after they secure government contracts at various forms of procurement and go to China and set up shop there to manufacture those procurements!

Communist, communalism or whatsoever, no, I do not think they will do that – far too much personal, private and financial interest linked to all those procurements and project deals?

This is all another high powered stupidity totally exposed to Malaysians and the rest of the world how we continue to do things despite the warnings on the wall post GE13!

This is certainly not a cabinet directive, neither has there much discussions held with component political parties of the Barisan Nasional to precipitate perceptions and reaction from the ground?

My friend, the Home Minister says – it ‘needed to be reviewed further in terms of plot and message.’

Dear friend, Communications and Multimedia Minister Ahmad Shabery Cheek screams out, not to make judgments just based on a trailer which is a professional approach!

And rightly so!

More so, one needs to take cognizance of this that the censorship board received a review application from the producers on September 6th last year, it was viewed and censored by a team of three from the said board three days later!

And a Certificate of Admittance A ( permission to screen) was also issued on November 9th last year!

To be noted is that movie was rated as “lulus Bersih” (no censorship) with a P13 classification.

Interestingly, the said censor felt that the scenes in the movie contained action shots which were not overdone to maintain the story flow!

Now where is its flaw?

It does not make sense!

Are we overriding the decision of the censor board because a serial racist journo started yet another ‘fire?’

The fact remains that it all started with this serial racist journo who has a history and track record of ‘apartheid trend racism’ who decided that day he will now attack this film and so he did!

He is untouchable by any standards of public or international morality or ethics!

This provided others particularly – bankrupt politicians and politicians wannabe to go on a wild frolic of their own using unknown benchmark morality and what Malaysians can and cannot see now?

What rubbish?

The result – You have just abused and disgraced the said censorship board now with this kind unilateral action from spins.

And it is a pity when individuals are not able to differentiate between historical data, facts, figures, documentary evidence, reality and a film made for commercial pea

This is now a violent strand of intelligence attacking virus that is causing a pandemic among certain Malaysian politicians from a certain political party spooked at each and every political corner and alley!

The sad part is the people are hurt repeatedly even the ones that support us despite all these rubbish from time to time!

‘Our politicians say they want unity but they are the ones causing divisions, they say they want acceptance but again they are the ones creating rejection, instead of love they sow hate and ultimately even voters who supported us will move away from us because of these inconsistencies and double standards!’

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