AsH was as usual sitting with Socks (our cat, not his foot apparel) on her lap, indolently passing away her time on a lazy CMCO day (a habit attributed frequently to my people). She made the mistake of dumping Socks back on to the chair and proceeding to the laptop to catch up on the latest news.
Cor Blimey!!! (to be in tune with work and play on the second floor of a London greenhouse). I learned something new and devastating about my Tanah Air.
From this Twitter Site came :
.... and I learned that..
| 22 October 2020|
No "state health care"? Is this about Malaysia 100-200 years ago? Have we been downgraded into some kind of Banana Republic? A "Republic" is probably in the line of sight of some Malaysians. But 'Banana'? Not when we have such well-heeled Anak Malaysia like .....
|By the way, Mr Lau Cho Kun at No 10, like Dr Teh, comes from Sabah.|
How can any academic/writer/ journalist / researcher, in his/her right mind think that a country like Malaysia - which can spawn and boast these self-made billionaires - be unable to afford "state health care"? I cannot seriously think of any country in the world that can be caught in such a dire predicament.
Malaysians however can be very proud of their Director General of Health Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham bin Abdullah when he very quickly responded to Virginia Gewin's ignorant article on Malaysia's Scientist-gardener Dr Audrey Teh from St George's, University of London.
The DG and all his medical and non-medical staff in the Ministry of Health, have been and still are working their guts out during this Covid 19 pandemic especially in Dr Teh's home-state of Sabah.
Hallelujah! There was a response from the writer of the article yesterday (4 November) which was posted on Dr Teh's Twitter.
But first here's a little look at the author Virginia Gewin.
|Her contribution as recorded by the Hakai Magazine|
|Her wittering on Twitter yesterday.|
Quite a telling quote by VG on what America has to do to survive: "It must relearn how to speak, and how to listen." Ditto for you VG though I have to add one more for you, "how to be a responsible writer."
Here is Virginia Gewin's and Dr Audrey Teh's response to the Director-General's letter:
A clever tweak from THIS:
|The first article on 22 October.|
|"Updates and Corrections"|
It doesn't seem like much of an apology or saying "we are sorry if we hurt.......", but we shall take comfort in the meaning of the word "erroneously" which means "ideas or information are wrong and based on facts that are not correct.