Why the plan to privatise IJN shouldn’t be deferred

The plan to privatise the Institut Jantung Negara (IJN, or National Heart Institute) should be halted completely as ‘it was not meant to be a commercial institute’.

Malaysia’s most renowned cardio-thoracic surgeon Dr Yahya Awang knows the reason and knows it well. Read below an extract from Sunday Star:


PETALING JAYA: The National Heart Institute (IJN) should not be privatised as it provides training to develop cardiac units in all Government hospitals by 2020, says the country’s most renowned cardio-thoracic surgeon.

Tan Sri Dr Yahya Awang said this was reason enough for the premier heart institution not to go private.

“Currently, there are four cardiac units in Penang, Johor Baru, Sarawak and Serdang hospitals. Even so, the units there are not as well-equipped and well-staffed as IJN.

“We still have a long way to go,” he added.

Dr Yahya, Malaysia’s first cardio-thoracic surgeon, wanted IJN to remain a corporatised body and controlled by the Government.

“It (IJN) was never meant to be a commercial institute. It was meant to be a centre of research, a premier academic institute,” he told The Star in an interview at his office in the Damansara Specialist Centre yesterday.

He added that, as a pioneer who was directly involved in the setting up of the hospital in 1990, he was “taken aback” by the idea of privatisation.

“I was told that even the doctors (at IJN) were not informed of the idea (to privatise),” he said.

On the Government’s deferment to conduct an in-depth study, Dr Yahya said professional opinions should be sought as they were the service providers.

“This is to ensure the academic aspects of it are not pushed aside. However, I am sure, even as you lay all the facts and figures on the table, the right decision will be not to privatise the hospital,” he said.


6 Responses to “Why the plan to privatise IJN shouldn’t be deferred”

  1. 1 pakshah 21 December 2008 at 1:17 pm

    Sime Darby does not lose even if this merger was abandoned.
    With Tony’s gang, they got an LCC terminal in Negri Sembilan.

  2. 2 telur dua 21 December 2008 at 7:13 pm

    Yes, the plan should be cancelled and not postponed.

  3. 3 Samuel Goh Kim Eng 22 December 2008 at 1:49 am


    Let’s have a heart for the National Heart Institute
    For playing it’s critical public role there’s no substitute
    As it’s the pivot for all matters of the people’s hearts
    So let’s preserve its charity well so that it won’t ever depart

    (C) Samuel Goh Kim Eng – 221208
    Mon. 22nd Dec. 2008.

  4. 4 Adik 22 December 2008 at 2:47 pm

    Kenapa & mengapa tiba-tiba kerajaan ingin dan bersetuju utk melepaskan IJN? Apakah ada konspirasi lagi di atas tindakan ini? Emmm…yang membuat keputusan adalah bijak pandai negara tetapi di mana rasionalnya tindakan itu masih kabur lagi di pandangan masyarakat. Mengapa di saat Malaysia penuh dengan masalah untuk menaiktaraf ekonomi rakyat di kala Asia diterjah dgn masalah ekonomi global yang tidak `terurus’, rakyat dikejutkan dengan berita ini?

  5. 5 Patricia 22 December 2008 at 4:47 pm

    I’m interested to see how this one plays out. I’ve reached a place where I am totally pessimistic about sanity holding sway.

  6. 6 azmi 21 October 2009 at 1:13 am

    Reasons given by Tan Sri Yahya are valid enough reasons which don’t need much thinking. The actions taken by the government reflects whether they are short sighted or long sighted

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