WHAT IS IT WITH POLITICIANS, PHOTO SHOOTS AND HOSPITALS – STOP IT SAYS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE!

‘Why are those who claim to be the progressive literate politicians still trying to milk an unfortunate tragedy for their private and personal agenda?’

WHAT IS IT WITH POLITICIANS, PHOTO SHOOTS AND HOSPITALS – STOP IT SAYS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE!

The Highland Towers collapse was an apartment building collapse that occurred as a result of a major landslide on 11 December 1993 in Taman Hillview, Ulu Klang, in Selangor, Malaysia.

The collapse involved Block 1 of the Highland Towers, resulting in the deaths of 48 people.

The tragedy shocked the nation and it was extremely very hot news then!

As I re-cap there were real side concerns as time was the essence in saving lives!

It was then alleged by several groups and observers, which included international rescue team heads, how work was impeded by Malaysian busybodies and politicians who kept coming in and each time they came it was alleged by the former how they had to stop work to give updates!

When I worked at a private hospital as senior administrator in the late 90s and post a first liver transplant involving a non-relative and post a political turmoil involving the then sacking of the then deputy prime minister a dear friend, many politicians used this episode for photo shoots creating so much irritation and issues all around!

Every politician wanted to be on prime news as the jostling for positions then had begun!

It was disgraceful how that transplant was abused for the photo shoot and media attention it provided!

As things changed 2018?

Almost decade’s later politicians being politicians love to harvest the most they can from TV and photo shoots and the last being no different!

We have a victim who is still in intensive care at a hospital being the site of several visits from all and sundry!

Is this necessary?

Every time you do this, you create issues with infection control as an ICU in a hospital has a different environment that will reflect the specialist medical and surgical procedures they perform.

Most ICU are fairly large sterile areas with a high concentration of specialized, technical and monitoring equipment needed to care for critically ill patients.

These areas are not public galleries!

If one needs an update go check with the physicians no need for political warm bodies to invade the sensitive area which creates distraction and unnecessary media attention!

Will this change going forward?

Or will personal obsession for photo shoots over-ride the immediate rights, interests and real felt needs of those in intensive care?

Why are those who claim to be the progressive literate politicians still trying to milk an unfortunate tragedy for their private and personal agenda?