Saturday January 29, 2011
Normala defends husband against accusations of misusing MCs
LABIS: PAS candidate Normala Sudirman finds herself dogged with allegation that her husband, a teacher, took 21 days of medical leave to be by her side during the campaign trail.
Unfazed by the accusation, Normala instead blamed the state education department for causing her husband Makrof Abdul Mutalib distress by issuing him with a 24-hour transfer letter earlier this month.
She said the transfer order came as a shock to the family.
“My husband also had to deal with my child who was warded in the hospital at the time. This could be why the doctor diagnosed him with depressive disorder.
“He is much better and his emotions are also stable,” she told reporters at the PAS headquarters where she was scheduled to attend a luncheon with the media yesterday.
However, he was not by her side at the function yesterday. Normala said the secondary school teacher from SMK Tenang had some matters to deal with.
On the possibility that her husband may be investigated for misusing MCs, Normala shot back that the state education department director should be investigated first.
“The cause of my husband’s depression is due to the 24-hour transfer letter. The department only retracted the letter after I threatened to bring up the matter to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and the media,” she said. Separately, Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the ministry would investigate the accusation that Makrof had used his sick leave to help his wife campaign.
“Usually, someone who has 21 days (of sick leave) will be so sick and bedridden but he is busy joining his wife’s campaign in Tenang.
“I will leave it to the voters to decide whether such act was honourable or otherwise,” he told newsmen after launching the gathering of Labis Parent Teacher Associations here yesterday.
Comment by Yasmin Norhazleena Bahari
1. Who released the details in the MC? Is it ethical to disclose a patient’s illness? Doctors are bound by medical ethics not to expose patients’ records. Isn’t the contents of the mc (illness) private and confidential?
2. Malaysia desperately needs “Health Privacy Law” to prevent and stop snitches and snoopers from snitching and snooping on patients’ medical records .