DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL OR DRUGS – NO SELECTIVE PROSECUTION PLEASE BOTH CRITICAL SAYS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST DR JACOB GEORGE.

DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL OR DRUGS – NO SELECTIVE PROSECUTION PLEASE BOTH CRITICAL SAYS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST DR JACOB GEORGE.

‘What is needed is dedicated, uncompromising enforcement not more legislation and political rhetoric!

I have always said – give me a team of professional, dedicated, corrupt free officers enforcing the law without fear or favor and there you have the remedy for all the ills on our Malaysian roads and highways – period!’ Dr Jacob George

Hello Malaysia and the world!

Statute and legislation are not silver bullets!

The country has more than enough laws.

But our enforcement agencies are incompetent or compromised and that is a diluted interpretation!

So unless we address that elephant in the room, we are screwed big time, even if we have on paper, the most draconian legislation!

Some racists’ elements in Malaysia scream for action against drunk driving but silent about those under the influence of drugs of all forms?

Why?

What about those certainly under substance abuse on motorcycles, driving lorries, heavy vehicles many over-loaded, buses and other vehicles where the passengers are the members of the public?

The collateral damage other innocent road and highway users is mounting today!

What about the mat rempits and dangerous reckless riding by them, and their criminal behavior when in herds and packs when they threaten others on the road or highways?

For example, a 16-year boy was riding a motorcycle with no license, insurance, lights and he is hit at a junction by a car exiting in a dark alley.

Guess who gets fined?

What has happened to the once promised sudden checks on roads and highways, on the influence of drugs and substance on motorcycle riders, lorries, heavy vehicles many over-loaded, buses and other vehicles on our roads?

Is there now pressure from those advocating selective prosecution to bypass drug abuse on the roads because statistics shows who the demography abusing drugs are in the country while going after alcohol abuse be a diversion?

So I am all the more supportive for heavier punishments for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs!

I am indeed glad having lobbied for this for over three decades that the government has agreed in principle to tighten existing laws on driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs!

I am indeed happy and I went on record in a recent talk-show on TV3 praising Transport Minister Anthony Loke’s efforts on road safety and his desire to address the road carnage in Malaysia!

My humble advice to the Minister is we can have the review and discussions but let us not waste valuable time!

Let us tighten the law on the driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs!

Let us tighten sections 41, 44 and 45 of the Road Transport Act 1987!

We already have a great law and under section 44, individuals who drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs that result in death or injury can be sentenced to three to ten years in prison and fined between RM8,000 and RM20,000.

It would be foolish to think that increasing the penalties is going to change mindsets!

We have death penalty for drug trafficking and yet have we solved this heinous crime?

What is needed is dedicated, uncompromising enforcement not more legislation and political rhetoric!

I have always said – give me a team of professional, dedicated, corrupt free officers enforcing the law without fear or favor and there you have the remedy for all the ills on our Malaysian roads and highways – period!

THE ‘MH370 STUPIDITY’ HITS US AGAIN IN THE CORONAVIRUS SCARE SAYS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC CONSUMERIST DR JACOB GEORGE

THE ‘MH370 STUPIDITY’ HITS US AGAIN IN THE CORONAVIRUS SCARE SAYS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC CONSUMERIST DR JACOB GEORGE

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared on 8 March 2014, after departing from Kuala Lumpur for Beijing, with 227 passengers and 12 crew members on board.

When it was eventually told to us by a third party that one of our passenger planes is missing and the week after saw every politician, top security apparatus brass, civil servant jump in on an international tragedy that was to eventually confirm that those who gave statements after statements were a bunch of super idiots, when we look back today – 6 years later with no sign either of that wreckage or truth to their claims!

But we showed then we were incompetent, our crisis management methods and people skills handling the global press were shocking!

Today in the height of the Coronavirus scare again, we see a repetition.

Everyone wants to say something, even if this now global scare has nothing to do with their ministerial portfolio!

This is the culture of busybody for which we have yet to find a vaccine!

Why just politicians, we have even those who may be medical doctors by training, but for decades not practiced, let alone kept up with the latest developments in medicine, as they have given up practice to be politicians, full time – holding press conferences and saying the most stupid utterances!

Basically, some politicians suffer from a sense of thinking that they are so indispensable, they need to get in on the circus.

Wrong, the only three persons who should be making statements or giving updates no matter how bad the news is are:
1. The Health Minister,
2. The Director General Of Health
3. The Head of Malaysia’s communicable disease unit!

Most importantly, from MH370 saga, we should have learnt that addressing crisis is a specialized area of expertise!

And truth matters, no matter how it is going to affect one’s personal and professional position!

You cannot pretend all is well!

You cannot mislead!

The faster the truth is out it gets everyone aligned, working together to assist bring calm to the situation.

If you mislead, come out with half-truths and lies you will be caught in today’s advances in information technology and the social media!

In Malaysia, perhaps there is no political conviction to sack someone for incompetence; we just move them to another task?

Of course, those caught lying will threaten whistle-blowers with statutes and penal sanctions, which is an abomination and misuse of the law!

I have no issues warning, those peddling fake news, most importantly using race and religion!

But now globally, I think we have bigger problems with the ‘kiss ass’ statement coming out of the World Health Organisation (WHO) head, saying that he was confident in China’s ability to contain a new coronavirus that has killed 106 people and that he did not think foreigners should be evacuated!

And this is the WHO!

I believe the WHO must declare the 2019-nCoV outbreak as a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC)!

Why do I say this?

A PHEIC will facilitate global teams of experts to assist China.
How many deaths will it take for a PHEIC to be declared?

Let us put aside international politics aside, please!

As we say in my country, do not be ‘bodoh sombong!’

While this drama continues, to unfold a growing number of countries have said they will evacuate their citizens from Wuhan, a central city of 11 million people and the epicentre of the outbreak, which is timely.

There are reports of chartered planes prepared to take out for example US consulate staff.

India said it was preparing to evacuate its citizens from Hubei province, of which Wuhan is the capital.

At the time of writing, I am advised that the three new countries affected now are Germany, Sri Lanka and Cambodia!

According to reports, a Chinese man from Wuhan, traveling with three family members who entered Cambodia through Sihanoukville International Airport, tested positive for the new strain of coronavirus!

The confirmation came from their Health Minister Mam Bunheng during a press conference there.

So this is an ever changing narrative, far too many moving parts, and, it is important that we bring everyone on board to help in a holistic response, in handling this global crisis!

There are reports that the number of known cases of the new virus rose by nearly 60 percent overnight in China.

There are reports of a shortage of test kits has led experts to warn that the real number may be higher!

Is China still massaging the statistics?

My friends in Hong Kong have updated me that – Hong Kong will severely limit travel from mainland China, suspending high-speed rail service and cutting flights by half.

This is a great move and no time to play global politics!

CORONAVIRUS: MOTHER NATURE THROWS A CURVEBALL AND SOME GLOBAL STATE HEADS, POLITICIANS AND HEALTHCARE MANAGERS CONTINUE STUPID, SAYS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST DR JACOB GEORGE?

CORONAVIRUS: MOTHER NATURE THROWS A CURVEBALL AND SOME GLOBAL STATE HEADS, POLITICIANS AND HEALTHCARE MANAGERS CONTINUE STUPID, SAYS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST DR JACOB GEORGE?

Since we last addressed this, there have been more cases emerging as the death toll rises!

The death toll rises to at least 80, and Wuhan may have 1,000 more cases.

The good mayor of epicenter Wuhan, Zhou Xianwang, has gone on record stating there could be about 1,000 more confirmed cases of the mysterious illness in the city!

So basically despite China’s President Xi Jinping moving decisively, to counter the spread of the increasingly deadly coronavirus by strategic actions not words and repeated press conferences, like in some countries administered by idiots, frightened by their own shadows, the death toll rises!

In my last blog upload, I had already gone on record stating that there are already indicators that this threat has gone global!

If you are one of those political and civil servant idiots, waiting for indicators from the World Health Organization (WHO) to give directives, before protecting the rights and interest of your own citizens, you all are bigger idiots and morons than previously thought!

The virus has spread to the United States, Australia, Canada, Malaysia, Nepal, Vietnam, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand and France at the time of writing.

Unlike others, I am paranoid that Mayor Zhou also said that five million people had left Wuhan, before travel out of the city was restricted, leaving nine million people still living there.

As of today, the official count of confirmed cases across China stood at 2,744.

I pray those who think they have some intelligence; will take note of what the head of China’s National Health Commission, Ma Xiaowei, warned on Sunday, that people who carried the disease but did not show flu symptoms could still infect others.

So to people who go about screaming at press conferences how great they are of surviving SARS, Nipah, H1N1, Ebola, Zika and MERS viruses, there is a major difference between the new virus and others!

Remember the implication, the impact, if an exposed person becomes contagious before they become sick, you can almost think of them as a secret spreader!

How are you going to mitigate this with your outdated SOPs and knowledge gaps, as a medical practitioner, perhaps, after becoming more a politician cum administrator, than a day in day out, medical doctor saving lives?

The current scenario experts say is – we have a situation, where those affected look healthy, nobody suspects they are sick, they are not staying home but on a flight to some distant country!

If that distant country has neither the conviction nor courage to close its borders for the lure of the tourist monies and where the left hand does not know what the right is doing – May the Almighty helps us all!

Not just from this virus, but, political and incompetent dinosaurs masquerading as political leaders, statesmen, health experts and health managers!

Only idiots, morons and the incompetent will wait until the situation reaches a critical stage of huge collateral damage, before acting!

ARE THOSE PROFESSIONAL & COMPETENT RUNNING THE HEALTH SHOW ASKS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST, DR JACOB GEORGE? (Part 2)

ARE THOSE PROFESSIONAL & COMPETENT RUNNING THE HEALTH SHOW ASKS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST, DR JACOB GEORGE? (Part 2)

Coronavirus Live Updates: China Reports More Deaths as U.S. Orders Evacuation

The authorities have reported 15 new deaths in Wuhan, the center of the outbreak, as the virus spread to Australia and elsewhere.

The US State Department has ordered all American workers at the U.S. Consulate in Wuhan to evacuate.

Here’s what you need to know:

1. Fifteen more deaths are reported at the outbreak’s epicenter.
2. U.S. orders the evacuation of American Consulate employees.
3. Wuhan bans traffic in the city center from midnight.
4. Hong Kong declares a state of emergency and shuts schools.
5. People without symptoms could be spreading the virus.
6. China is building two hospitals to fight the outbreak. Projected completion time: 10 and 15 days.

ARE THOSE PROFESSIONAL & COMPETENT RUNNING THE HEALTH SHOW ASKS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST, DR JACOB GEORGE?

‘It has never being my strength hiding the truth, once I feel it in my heart, or of pretense or hypocrisy!

If I feel it, I will go on record, praying that what is felt is picked up and responded as – ‘time is of the essence!’

And life is short!’

Dr Jacob George

ARE THOSE PROFESSIONAL & COMPETENT RUNNING THE HEALTH SHOW ASKS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST, DR JACOB GEORGE?

A new form of respiratory virus, originating in the central Chinese city of Wuhan has spread further in Asia and beyond, with now confirmed cases reported in Hong Kong, Macao, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, the U.S., France, Australia and now, Malaysia!

There are claims it has emerged in Nepal as well!

I am advised that the novel coronavirus has infected 1,287 people and killed 41 in China as of this morning.

But, these numbers may be extremely watered down by the Chinese government who can never report actual numbers.

In view the rapid evolving of this outbreak we are also told that the local government in Wuhan is working quickly to build an emergency medical center within days to treat patients suffering from the newly identified disease, widely known as Wuhan pneumonia.

China has now locked down at least 10 cities is been reported that even part of Beijing has been locked down.

33 million people are now surrounded by police and military to prevent them from leaving or entering the Cities the number of for fatalities has moved up to 26 and the number of confirmed cases 875. Is this the truth or political manipulation of numbers!

I was advised that during the outbreaks of SARS when the WHO was visiting several hospitals in China, how it was alleged that the authorities there kept running the affected in ambulances for a ‘tour around the city’ to keep the presence and numbers out of the statistics of those visiting WHO observers who were documenting the numbers affected!

It is a strange ‘rumble in the jungle’ by politicians in healthcare attire more interested to play down, close more doors, hid the truth, smile for the cameras as if they are in control and all is well, when it is not!

In Malaysia, we have a word for them – ‘Bodoh Sombong!’

While this drama is unfolding, we have the World Health Organization saying that China faced an “emergency” but that it was against declaring a global health emergency, citing limited cases outside of China despite evidence of human-to-human transmission.

I find this truly strange!

It has never being my strength hiding the truth, or of pretense or hypocrisy!

If I feel it, I will go on record, praying that what is felt is picked up and responded as – ‘time is of the essence!’

And life is short!

During the SARS episode, you may remember that China drew criticism internationally for its attempt to cover up and underreport SARS cases 17 years ago.

The virus eventually spread to 29 countries, resulting in over 8,400 cases of infection and 813 deaths, according to the WHO.

This time, China appears to have responded more swiftly and proactively by identifying the pathogen in a few weeks since the first reported case emerged!

It has also shared the genetic sequence of the virus with health authorities around the world.

After an eerie silence, we now have the Malaysian Health Ministry stating they have detected the first set of positive cases of the new coronavirus in the country!

If I was the home minister I will initiate contingency plans to halt all arrivals from affected countries until further notice!

It is not panicking because with my track record of addressing public policy initiatives and more importantly, healthcare matters, for decades, only three had gained my trust and confidence!

They were Ministers of Health, Chua Jui Meng, and the other Dr Chua Soi Lek and a super-duper Director General of Healthcare Services in Dr Ismail Merican!

So I cannot be fooled by pretenders!

This is not my first rodeo either!

So, I will certainly suspend in view this threat the 15-day visa exemption for tourists from China following the first set of coronavirus cases in the country.

We will be foolish for not taking this stand!

I am not taken up by statements made by any corporate communication teams that all is well as ‘we have activated all our Rapid Response Teams (RRT) and Rapid Assessment Teams (RAT) on the ground’ following last night’s detection of new coronavirus cases in the country.

It means nothing to me these so called assurances!

Even the claims that now that there are teams at the ministry’s facilities nationwide, including hospitals and clinics, are tasked with carrying out contact tracing activities.

That all health services personnel have also been alerted to give serious attention to their utilization of personal protective equipment and to practice optimum infection control and prevention measures at all times.

That Patient screening at all health facilities must be done thoroughly to ensure that cases that fit the criteria would be referred for further investigations.

What does it mean in layman’s language?

Let us not get excited that tests for 10 of them turned up negative, while another is still pending.

This is a new challenge and we know little about the incubation period either, after all there are already cases, where some had died abroad who had no symptoms at all!

Let us first make certain now, that all thermal screening points at the airports and other arrival points, are being manned by professionals and not ‘morons and idiots’ like the two who were caught sleeping and while other times, sites unmanned!

Can we also employ retired health staff or re-deploy many, to also conduct a walkabout in the airports and do random checks, as they do in Korea and Hong Kong!

Certainly having allocated special medical bays for quarantine purposes at the arrival gates to cater to passengers who are exhibiting symptoms of the virus is much lauded!

Immediately, we should also reassign the arrival gates for the incoming flights from China and other suspect destinations as well.

And having them nearer to the medical bay to expedite the quarantine procedure and minimize the risk of exposure, to a wider crowd must be the agenda – one of quarantine and the other to minimize, the risk of exposure to the wider population arriving!

Having said all of the above, can we look at Malaysian eating outlets, where live animals like porcupine, civet cats, rodents and snakes are sold and are a potential source of all kinds of deadly infections, primarily because of the risk of animal-human transmission!

I am told of several such outlets in the Bukit Bintang area and rest of the nation!

Whether there is a link or not, we have no idea, but, based on the communication with doctors this evening, who are experts at communicable diseases, and, this was alluded to in our session by them, does not hurt us to look deeper at these claims as well!

It is important to drive this process professionally in the wake of the comments that are coming from medically ignorant religious groups in the country!

This is far better than the downs of megacities, and building a 1000 bed hospital in six days.