A wrong move

Many years ago, when I had just started out on my own and opened my own practice ( in the 80s) I met a patient in his sixties. He was a very gentle person, spoke with a soft voice and he came for vague symptoms of aches , inability to sleep well. I thought he was suffering from depression, and after a few visits, I decided to delve deeper into his history and asked about his family. He finally admitted he was very depressed since he was staying with his son, and that his son worked till very late very day, and hardly had time to speak to him. The main problem was his daughter -in-law, who had always nagged him about his ways of doing things, and made his life very miserable.

One day he told me that he felt like ending his life and asked me whether I had any medicine that could help him. I told him that no one had any right to end the life of anyone including one’s own life, since life is so precious.

I asked for his son’s office number. He gave to me but asked me not to speak to his son about his condition. He also did not want any referral to any psychiatrists who would be more qualified to handle such cases.

As all you know, doctors are bound by confidentiality clause. Anything that patients tell us stays within the four walls. I have always practised this and had always respected the wish of my patients not to inform their families about certain things.

But in this case, knowing that the threat of suicide was real, and that he should perhaps be seen by a more qualified person, I decided to call the son and let the son know about the father’s  feelings and his conditions.

This was one occasion that I might have gone against a person’s wish , for his own good. In the end, the son had a long talk with the wife, and the wife apparently realised how her words had hurt the in-law and promised to mend her ways.

I had a visit  2 months after from the patient and his son, and they expressed their gratitude about my help in solving a potentially life endangering situation. This was like a fairy tale ending, and all ended well.

Rules and regulations, as well as laws, are there to serve the interest of the people. There are laws to safeguard private interest, but private interest should always be subjugated to the bigger public interest. There are occasions that certain rules may need to be waived in order to serve a bigger good.

That is why sometimes, those who had committed crimes are actually let off if they are willing to become crown witnesses against bigger criminals and culprits. Some are even given protection and change of identities, in cases involving big time criminals.

We all know how Malaysians feel about the Cowgate incident where hundreds of millions of government money were allegedly involved in certain scandalous dealings. Some of those involved were now charged in courts after much public pressure.

This prosecution of those involved in Cowgate, albeit after much delay and public outcry,  means that those allegations contained certain truth, otherwise there would be no court cases against these people.

If that is the case, why arrest and charge the whistle blower who is doing a service to the whole nation and the rakyat by digging all the ‘dirt’ .

I think the government did something very wrong by charging whistle blowers.

However one looks at it, one cannot escape the conclusion that this has a lot to do with politics. Many view this as political persecution against someone who is actually doing a big favour by exposing the wrong doing. By prosecuting this whistle blower, the message that is being sent out is that the government is trying to silence people who may want to right certain wrongs; a message that the government may be trying to protect more wrongs being exposed.

This prosecution may give rise to a perception that those in power are not really interested to clean up, but rather are more inclined to cover ups.

They may win the court case and put the person involved in jail, but in doing so, they are actually doing themselves a  disfavour and risk losing even more support among the middle class and the civil society.  

It is like in the game of GO (WeiQi, a chess game with white and black chess pieces play on a board) where a player who is too obsessed to win certain small  battles on the chess board but lose sight of the big picture, and in the end, loses the whole game.

Wei Qi

In this game, black may win the small battle by cornering a few whites, but lose sight of the whole war since they  themselves  are being surrounded.


15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Richard Loh
    Aug 02, 2012 @ 12:45:29

    Wrong move it may seem to most of us but the move may look good to them. This is the time for them to tell you that, ‘break the law and you will be punished’ and they still think that with the power, money and with the control over all the msm they can push through their very own agenda. We have seen many times how they can play or rather manipulate with the law to protect their own and send someone else to jail.

    That is why my call is go for change at least once irrespective of what the PM is trying to present himself to be a transformer together with the goodies that he throw like as if is his.

    But sadly a majority still could not be bothered with what is happening around them and can be easily swayed with sweet talks and a few bucks.


  2. Steven Tan
    Aug 02, 2012 @ 12:54:59

    From the information which I received, the law-in-chief was instructed not to prosecute the cowgate scandal. But somehow the order was not being followed. A weak leader, with weak state institutions ===> A ??? nation. I hope our people are financially and socially prepared for the next decade.


  3. C++
    Aug 02, 2012 @ 13:45:26

    Dear Doc,

    Yup.. you’re right.. The way they treat the whistle blower will eventually bring a bad image to the Government… anyway…good article you have here..


  4. WildCard
    Aug 02, 2012 @ 13:53:30

    Ironical is may appear, there was not a case of whistle blowing in this!
    See the point?


  5. aiz
    Aug 02, 2012 @ 17:49:33

    “There are occasions that certain rules may need to be waived in order to serve a bigger good.

    That is why sometimes, those who had committed crimes are actually let off if they are willing to become….. ”

    I could live with the above statements, as we may be indebted to someone and may protect him/her out of gratitude but with one proviso that his/hers past records were very clean and he/she could not have betrayed the cause of the people. If he/she had some human weakness, then the punishment was quite sufficient for him/her that his/hers secret offense was divulged in public for he/she had already been disgraced and humiliated in the eyes of the people.


  6. anon
    Aug 03, 2012 @ 10:00:34


    This act is only the wayang kulit to prevent the similar NFC explosion with the Ampang LRT line extension tender award.

    By prosecuting Rafizi, the power to be hope to send a signal to those who r working to un-earth more dirt on the LRT case.

    So, in order to save the Ampang LPT scandal from further explosion, it’s better to charge Rafizi now.

    Otherwise, Ah Jib Gor’s political career would most likely goes down the drain if a stop is not push on Rafizi.

    NFC’s Bafia is just an handy excuse, waiting to be used!


  7. HuaYong
    Aug 03, 2012 @ 10:23:27

    i dun quite understand how this bafia work, let say if one that reside in uk publish a bank customer detail in his website that server is located not in uk and msia, and one make use of this information to make a report to macc or talk to the public, would he subject to bafia since the information were disclosed not by him earlier? can one be prosecuted under bafia if he only make use of the information and not one that leak the information?


  8. Dr Hsu
    Aug 03, 2012 @ 10:43:20

    I agree with you that this is to prevent more dirt being digged out..
    This is all about politics and survival..

    Throughout history, when those in power wanted to charge someone, they would use all sorts of charges.

    In Sung Dynasty, General Yuet Fei was charged with “Mou Shu Yu”, the three words literally mean ” no need to have any basis”. But those who resorted to all this to suppress people usually do not end well..


  9. son of muhammad
    Aug 03, 2012 @ 14:04:20

    now we know why some muslims like to commit crimes and wrongs!
    i too like to cdo the same! malaysia BOLEH MA


  10. CYC
    Aug 03, 2012 @ 18:26:27

    Cow’s move is incomprehensible by men,just like KTK still think he is a minister/leader with substance in the eyes of the electorate or Mamak Kutty equate himself as a king that dictates prosperity of our country.

    Huayong, now you understand why lawyers like grey areas in the constitutions. They make a living or fortune by interpreting these grey/confused/contradictory clauses by arguments beyond ordinary folks comprehension. So, laws were made to be challenged in court and not so much to be abide by us. More precisely, you can zoom into a particular clause or word only to win a case and ignore the part that you may have clearly violated. In this case, they only see Rafizi obtaining information illegally but turn a blind eye on Shahrizat’s family stealing/laundering money under everyone’s naked eyes. and the AG would say loudly “Nei Chui meh”


  11. CYC
    Aug 03, 2012 @ 18:34:12

    C++, did Malaysia really has any image so to speak. Even the national day theme song turned out to be “Ciplak” from a gospel song. This allegation is serious but the JAIS or JAKIM never utter a single word or perhaps still struggling to find a justification how faked it may be. Sin Chew Jit Poh committed the shameful act of copying from other newspaper and paste it on their editorial section. They initially trying to cover it up by apologizing in Fb but was bombarded heavily in the social media and forced to post an apology on the newspaper itself later. This is our country’s image.


  12. salina abdullah
    Aug 04, 2012 @ 05:55:50

    Exactly n sadly .they blend with all the yes man n the kool kid n child traffickers sampai masuk paper pun!


  13. klm
    Aug 08, 2012 @ 11:02:16

    Dr. Hsu I was told an interesting story of the arrest of Rafizi by a friend who is close in touch with BN politics. . Apparently the instigators of the arrest was Chua Soi Lek and MCA. A key focus of MCA election strategy is to “kill” Ong Tee Keat. The purpose was to make Rafizi a hero so that he will win in Pandan seat and unseat Ong Tee Keat. So Chua Soi Lek and MCA went out to instigate UMNO and got them upset with Rafizi.

    Seems a plausible story.


  14. Dr Hsu
    Aug 08, 2012 @ 11:59:58

    Politics is the Art of the impossible, so your theory is certainly plausible.Especially in the gutter politics of MCA .


  15. Wave33
    Aug 09, 2012 @ 12:45:18

    UMNO is very desperate now. I mean extremely, to stay in power. It is a very hard battle on the cyber war, a war that UMNO cannot win. Hiding behind laws to protect their arse and wallet. If not enough, create more laws to defend their throne.

    This is just the tip of the iceberg, more will come. Ladies and Gentlemen please brace yourselves.


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