What will happen to patients like Hashim when Sime Darby takes over?

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On the eve of the Government making a decision on the hiving off Institut Jantung Negara to Sime Darby Bhd., there is a story that deserve the attention on how the life of someone who has contributed immensely to society is being gambled because of the demands of capitalism supersedes the importance of making a social and humanitarian decision.

Hashim Hussain “Prof” Yaacob, was a former senior lecturer of sociology and developmental economics at USM for years, throughout its formative and developmental stage, till he was unjustly and abruptly terminated and dismissed by then Vice Chancellor Dato’ Musa Mohamad. Hence, he lost his pension and all the medical benefits a senior government servant usually enjoy for the rest of their lives.

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Now at 60 and suffering from acute diabetes, he is diagnosed for acute triple arterial blockages, between 95-100% and due of coronary arterial by-pass graft surgery (CABG or “cabbage”) at IJN on Monday. That is something that will easily cost slightly more than RM 50,000.00.

Hashim does not have that kind of money. Infact he has no savings. Since the dismissal, Hashim, who is single and never been married, has been doing odd jobs and projects on adhoc basis, to earn a living.  A simplistic man who practices the socialistic life he professes, he now face a juncture where the system might not have social justice after all. The challenge for the moment is how can he raise that kind of cash, in less than seven days.

He is an Old Putra. He used to enjoy being in the company of now, men in illustrious capacity, mostly in the corporate world. Malaysia Airlines Chairman Tan Sri Dr Munir Majid, Peremba Chairman Tan Sri Razali Abdul Rahman, CIMB Chairman Tan Sri Mohd. Nor Yusof and former Chief of Armed Forces Jen. (B) Tan Sri Mohd. Zahidi Zainuddin, were all his batch mates, if not Company mates when they were in the Royal Military College (Class of ’64). Even Malaysia Airlines Managing Director Dato’ Seri Idris Jala and MARA Chairman and former Terengganu Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Idris Jusoh were his students in USM. So are other great men and women, who have benefited from his tutelage and explicitly sharing of thought process. To many who have had the opportunity to pick his brains, like yours truly, Hashim has social issues especially poverty high on his agenda, close to his heart and never shy to speak his mind of.

Money had always been scarce for Hashim. More over now, the state where he gravely needs financial assistance for his very big surgery, in seven days time. This is the time where Hashim is challenged by the system what his own ‘Perjuangan’ stood for, all these years.

All of these facts are even before IJN is being taken over by Sime Darby. Managing a very exclusive and luxurious hospital SJMC in Subang Jaya, heart patients have been known to be turned away because the surgeons ‘prefer’ not to do “complicated cases”. It makes business sense because as a capitalist entity, mortality would not be good for ‘marketing plans’. Impeccable post-CABG survival rate will have very strong co-relations on the admission of further patients, especially amongst the ‘haves’ and those who are admitted with ‘guarantee letters’. This something most probably is in the top most priority the minds of corporate planners and strategists like Hisham Hamdan.

At least now, Hashim is having a life fighting chance when IJN is willing to treat him. The challenge is now to get the funds where else the appointment date has been made. Otherwise, in the management of a capitalistic entity with profit as the top most agenda, most probably Hashim will not even get a chance to be evaluated for the decision to have surgery.  The popular wager now would be, when Sime Darby takes over IJN, Hashim-like surgeries would cost a lot more than RM 50,000.00!

Would there be more of Hashims if and when IJN is being Sime Darby-ised into a capitalistic medical facility, with profitability is high on the priority Vs preservation of life?

SAVE HASHIM! SAVE IJN!

God bless and God speed…………….

*Updated 6 Jan 2009 1300hrs

More information about Hashim on Gurindam Jiwa blog. Any kind donours are welcomed to bank any contribution to Hashim Hussain Yaacob’s Maybank account 112183-125555

*Updated 9 Jan 2009 1215hrs

A CIMB account has been opened under the name of “Mohd. Nor Yusof” (A/C. No. 14170024244050) by Old Putras to help Hashim fund his triple CABG surgery, due next week. It will be active for ONLY 8 WEEKS starting today. Contributions and donations are most welcome.

God bless everyone who chipped into helping Hashim out.

Published in: on January 5, 2009 at 23:45  Comments (16)