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October 13, 2009

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Datuk Seri Najib Razak has the rapt attention of
by Ng Kee Seng and Giam Say Khoon
Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng yesterday
after receiving the Darjah Utama Pangkuan 80,000 nurses
Negri from Penang governor Tun Abdul Rahman

Abbas at Seri Mutiara. Report page 2. by Alyaa Alhadjri
Ong Tee Keat has told his close
associates that he will step down
as MCA president. KUALA LUMPUR: The 80,000 nurses
However, party insiders say his can now acquire their yearly Continu-
exit will not resolve the worsening ing Professional Development (CPD)
leadership crisis triggered by the points needed to continue practising
split decision of the 2,380 central at their convenience online.
delegates who rejected the wishes The CPD is mandatory for nurses
of both Tee Keat and his former to renew their Annual Practising Cer-
deputy Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek tificate. They need between 10 and
in Saturday’s extraordinary general 40 CPD points depending on their
meeting (EGM). grades to continue to practise.
Amid calls by certain leaders for Deputy Human Resources
Tee Keat’s resignation and for fresh Minister Datuk Maznah Mazlan yes-
party elections, theSun learnt that terday launched the Healing Hands
even the president cannot call for eLearning Portal for Nurses offering
party elections. courses accredited by Malaysia’s
“Only two-thirds of the Central Nursing Board.
Committee (CC) members can call She told a press conference:
for fresh party elections. That’s “It is important for nurses to keep
remote because many CC members themselves up to date with current
would be reluctant to step down and developments through life-long
pave the way for elections,” a source learning as the field of medicine is
said. very dynamic.
Already, party insiders say key “The portal is very timely as it
leaders have started lobbying to fill addresses issues such as time and
the vacuum created by the Ong- financial constraints through a me-
Chua leadership saga. dium that is easily accessible.”

Ong to leave,
They are vice-presidents Datuk The portal can be accessed at
Seri Kong Cho Ha, Datuk Seri Liow either
Tiong Lai and Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen via individual subscription or by
Yen. Others include MCA Youth liaising with respective employ-
chief Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong, former ers’ (hospitals) human resource
secretary-general Datuk Seri Ong Ka departments.
Chuan and former VP Datuk Donald “Healing Hands is a personalised
Lim Siang Chai. learner-focused CPD experience
Even Soi Lek and former VP where for a yearly subscription
Datuk Seri Dr Fong Chan Onn are fee of RM550, nurses can assess

but crisis stays
still harbouring hopes of contesting their individual weaknesses and
should elections be called. Yester- target specific areas to improve
day, both called a press conference their knowledge,” said AP Training
to urge Ong to resign and for the CC Sdn Bhd managing director Peter
to call fresh elections (see page 3). Terence D’Cruz.
Former presidents and deputies Malaysian Nurses Association
like Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik, Tan president Ramziah Ahmad said there
Sri Ong Ka Ting and Tan Sri Chan are many ways for nurses to acquire
Kong Choy are also said to be the required points but “the e-learn-
working behind the scenes, backing ing portal provides them with the
their choice. secretary-general Datuk Loke Yuen brothers, Ka Chuan. dent, citing her seniority as a cabinet convenience of doing so at their own
Sources told theSun that several Yow. “Ka Chuan is thus far the smart- member. pace”. Most importantly, productivity
leaders held an informal meeting Both Cho Ha and Tiong Lai est, lying low, watching and waiting Tee Keat is expected to return is not affected as they need not take
in a hotel on Sunday night in an offered to take over as president but for the right time to pounce,” said from leave to chair a presidential time off from work, she said.
attempt to strike an agreement to no agreement could be reached when the party insider. council meeting on Thursday The portal also benefits rural
resolve the leadership crisis. the discussion became heated. Another who was not present followed by a CC meeting. He is nurses and those working overseas
Among those present were Cho “That is only one meeting among at the meeting is Yen Yen who is likely to tender his resignation for who may not have the access as on-
Ha, Tiong Lai, Wanita chief Datin leaders that we have heard of. A key said to have expressed her wish to the CC to deliberate and decide on going courses, forums and seminars
Paduka Chew Mei Fun and deputy player to watch is one of the Ong become the first MCA woman presi- his leadership. as a way to acquire CPD points.