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


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.


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?


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)  

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  1. […] BigDog has more here. […]

  2. Dear Sir, Im a VIOBA not Old Putra. I met Hasim in 1981 in Binghamton, NY. He was in SUNY Binghamton. I would like to help him. Just give us in exbinghamton@yahoogroups.com an account number with the bank name. We collect the moeny togother. Mumkin tak sampai $50k tapi sekadar yang mampu.

  3. binghamtonex@yahoogroups.com

    From: Salahuddin Hisham
    Subject: [BinghamtonEx] Hashim Hussain Yaacob going for heart surgery Sunday
    To: binghamtonex@yahoogroups.com
    Date: Monday, January 5, 2009, 5:38 AM

    I have just received an SMS from Zawawi Zin, ALMA’s DP to tell of an impending heart operation for “Prof” Hashim Hussain Yaacob. According to the msg, he is due to undertake his operation at IJN on Jan 11th, 2009, thats next Sunday. But I will check on the exact date.

    He has not been in the most stable of financial position since he was improperly dismissed by USM’s VC who later became MoE, Tan Sri Musa. Off late, I do not think he has any job or on the payroll of anyone. I am not sure if he qualify as a Government pensioner.

    If someone could be a treasurer, I hope we could all pool any spare change of ours to help relieve his financial burden through this expensive and difficult ordeal.

    Hashim can be contacted at 012-2735473

    Thank you.

  4. Beautiful piece, bro. I am touched.

    I have always respect him as a friend and as a “sifu”. He developed my heartfelt concern for the plight of the Malay nation and open my eyes and heart for somethign beyond.

    I have never put material wealth as foremost priority in life. Moments like this I’d wished I am filthy rich multimillionaire that could sign RM50,000 without blinking an eye and have any after thoughts.

  5. … and thank you for the link. My dead stat is gonna boom now.

    May Allah bless the Prof with speedy recovery.

  6. I have an idea…….why not ask his fellow “illustrious” batchmate Munir Majid to donate the money? For sure it will help to “tebus” some of the “dosa” he did while almost running our beloved MAS into the ground.

  7. sadly
    the evil here is Pak Lah himself either for keeping it quiet or just ignoring it.
    even worse
    Pak Lah is calling UN to save Palestine and now he looks like a hero. Who would NOT listen to a hero?
    worst of all
    no media coverage and no nothing. and none can be done at all.in the IT world, we might be champion but only 5% of 26 million malaysia read through blogs and i guess less than 0.01% actually would read this and that’s about 2600 people….

    and in malaysia you need more than 2600 people to do something….

  8. hey! good news BD,
    they are not going to take over IJN. Yess…
    looks like 2600 people do make a difference.

    -hopefully this is not a rope-a-dope! –

  9. Please tell Hashim to go to India…places like Bangalore, Hyderabad, Delhi, Chennai. Including air fare and stay for himself and immediate family…it will cost him less then RM25000…….this is the end result of a monopoly………the government should have spread out the MOF contract to a few hospitals to make it competetive…..who in Malaysia can afford RM50,000…..have we all gone crazy

  10. I know this prof hashim. Used to work on some projects when I was an active journalist. Will catch him. UMNO won’t help him. Friends will.

  11. I am touched by this story. I do not know this prof, in fact this is first time I’m hearing his name. Saya akan hulurkan sekadar mampu. I always live by this maxim: Hari ini hari dia, hari kita tak tau lagi.
    Juga, moga Allah memeliharanya.
    And who knows, maybe more — like ex-colleagues and students — will come forward.

    Blog owner, why was this prof sacked? You said he was unjustly terminated.

  12. Woi Ibnu Khuzaimah,

    gue dengar gossip kau belum buat bayaran sempurna artikel Prof masa buat majalah kat Bangsar Utama dulu, betul ka? Harmaini Ipoh bagi tahu. ada satu perempat lagi tergantung.

    sekarang masa paling ‘suci’ untuk kau sumbang banyak-banyak. sebab kau sudah kaya. ha ha ha..

  13. […] at BigDogDotCom has the latest on former USM developmental economics professor and Old Putra Hashim Hussain Yaacob. Apparently, after the successful triple CABG surgery on 5 January 2009 at IJN, Hashim has remained […]

  14. […] past year, the proudest moment for us here at BigDogDotCom is when we managed to attract the attention on Hashim Hussain Yaacob’s plight. The little effort we did, we managed to alleviate his condition, even for a short while.  That […]

  15. A varsity mate passed me this link. It is sad to hear that the “Prof” is no more. God bless him. The question raised over the Sime Darby takeover of IJN has deep impact in me. My family and I had just undergone a harrowing week in end-March – when my brother-in-law, Johny, who lived in Ipoh, had a heart attack and had first emergency angioplasty and then a double bypass.

    There weren’t any heartcare facilities in the state general hospital. Johny had to be treated in two private hospitals. On Day 4, post-surgery, with bills climbing by RM4000 or RM7000 (when dialysis was needed) a day, we asked if he could be transferred to the GH’s ICU. We were told there is no heartpump or pacemaker there and so he had to continue at Ipoh Specialist Centre, which is owned by KPJ, a business group based in Johor.

    Medical bills came up to a whopping RM60,000. Johny didn’t make it. It was only because of the generous support of family and friends that his family could pay the bills and give him proper last rites.

    I am left reeling by the thought of the man in the street, the pakcik in the kampung and the aunt in the nearby towns. Heart disease is the number one killer and we DO NOT HAVE heartcare facilities in the state general hospital?

    We do not need more grand hiways. We do not need more skyscrapers or men in space. We need excellent healthcare (and education) for every citizen of this country. It is our right. Our country is wealthy. Show us the money where it counts.

    “Prof,” I know you’d be there fighting this cause.

  16. Saya adik ipar Allahyarham Hashim begitu terharu sekali apabila membaca komen-komen yang dibuat oleh tuan tuan. Disini saya hanya dapat menyebut beberapa nama sahaja yang saya sempat bertemu,Tan Sri Mohd. Nor Yusof, En Sulaiman,En Wahab, Dr Amir, En Ghani,En. Sukri Ibrahim dan lain lain OP yang saya tak ingat nama (maaf dipohon). Selain itu Saudara Salehudin, Dato Awang Adek, Datuk Saleh IJN, En Mazlan, Dr Syed Husin ,Prof Syed (USM)Prof Manan (USM),Abg Din,Saudara Zaman,di atas sumbangan wang ringgit dan tenaga tuan-tuan tempoh hari sebelum pemergian Allahyarham dan selepas pemergian. Sudah setahun lebih beliau meninggalkan kita.Hanya ALLAH saja dapat membalas budi baik dan jasa kalian.

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