Say sorry, MMA urges police

PETALING JAYA — The Malaysian Medical Association wants an apology from the police who have admitted their officers misidentified a doctor injured in a raid at Serdang Hospital.

MMA president Dr John Chew said the association disagreed with Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar who refused to apologise over the incident.

“The police, who are supposedly our guardians, turned out to be the perpetrator of violence against healthcare personnel,” he said.

On Oct 7, plainclothes policemen raided a cafeteria in the premises of Serdang Hospital following a tip-off that members of a gang had been known to take their meals there.

During the raid, Dr Thanendran Renganathan was allegedly manhandled after refusing to take instructions from the police who he assumed were criminals.

The MMA statement, endorsed by senior members of the association, said they had refrained from commenting on the issue until now as the facts were unclear.

Dr Chew also said an apology would be critical in diffusing the mistrust between the parties involved as a result of the incident.

“We would have expected an apology for an honest mistake that has occurred which would have placated the medical profession,” he said.

Yesterday, Malay Mail quoted Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam as saying the police had not informed the hospital authorities before the raid.

He also said the police should have verified the identity of the doctor with the hospital authorities before detaining him.

Khalid shot back saying his men had acted in the line of duty and would not apologise over the incident.

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