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Call for Malaysian graduates to sit licensing exam

15 Mar 2011

Senior doctors have called for Malaysian medical graduates to sit for the proposed medical licensing examination, along with all foreign medical graduates.

Malaysian Medical Association president Dr David Quek said many supervising clinicians have expressed concern about the commitment and quality of some recent graduates from local medical schools. He added that a moratorium should be imposed not only on the number of medical schools but also the student intake.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai recently told the Dewan Rakyat that the Medical Act 1971 would be amended to allow students to pursue medical studies at any institution of their choice overseas, but they would have to sit for the licensing examination when they return home.

Currently, under the Act, only students in unrecognised foreign medical schools are subject to the Malaysian Medical Council's qualifying examination.

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