Health Minister Dzulkefly Ahmad today said that a senior doctor who was accused of being a sexual predator has been suspended for two months from work, beginning yesterday.
Dzulkefly said investigations so far revealed that the doctor made sexual advances towards 38 people since he started working at the public hospital in the Klang Valley in 2009.
“The decision was made by SPA in a meeting on September 14. This is to facilitate further investigations,” he said in a news conference at Hospital Sungai Buloh here, referring to the Malay abbreviation of the Public Services Commission.
“The ministry will also start an internal probe next week and the report will be submitted to SPA, for them to decide if the doctor’s service will be permanently terminated,” he added.
Dzulkefly said the suspension is in line with Regulation 43 of the Public Officers (Conduct and Discipline) 1993.
He also said that his ministry has advised the Malaysian Medical Council to relieve the doctor of his medical licence.
Dzulkefly added that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission has been roped in to look at other potential offences, including abuse of power.
Asked if the doctor’s superiors would be subjected to any punishments for not taking action sooner, he said: “I’m looking into some sort of a comprehensive remedial measure. Give us some time.”
Several housemen had claimed to have suffered sexual harassment at the hands of an orthopaedic department head at a Klang Valley hospital last month.
The Health Ministry set up an independent inquiry body, comprising of its own representatives and officials from Women, Family and Community Development Ministry, to probe the alleged sexual misconducts.
Dzulkefly who was in a closed-door, two-hour meeting with Hospital Sungai Buloh staff later told reporters that he was assuring them that there would be no personnel transfers as reported in the media.
“We will minimise any collateral damages but those accountable will face the consequences. I will make sure the case is meticulously looked into,” he said.