Most atrocious for gov’t hospital to reject treatment of sick short pant-clad patient

Editor’s note: MCA has stressed on the need to let common sense prevail instead of prioritising dress code during medical emergencies.

“In emergency situations, especially in cases where someone’s life could be in danger, it would be illogical to turn away the said person for not meeting the dress code requirements,” said MCA spokesperson Saw Yee Fung. 

“Considering that such cases continue to happen, the government should issue a clear directive for all government agencies, that emergency situations supersede dress code requirements.”

Meanwhile, MCA also noted that Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah has assured that “this (issue) shouldn’t happen in health facilities” besides announcing that an investigation will be carried and if true, action will be taken.


LAST Sunday (Feb 12), Damien Chen and his friend were playing badminton at 11pm when the girlfriend of Chen’s friend who was watching from the sidelines collapsed from severe stomach pains.

When Chen arrived at the Kampar Hospital, he was filling up his friend’s girlfriend information when the medical assistant attending to them pointed out to Chen’s friend that it was inappropriate for a woman to wear shorts, according to the China Press which depicted a chronology of the incident.

She was then ordered to change into longer pants before entering the emergency room. With little option left, this prompted Chen to leave the hospital to retrieve a pair of long pants for his friend’s girlfriend to put on.

Later, Chen questioned the medical assistant during his friend’s admission to the emergency room about why the girlfriend of his friend couldn’t see a doctor in shorts. The female medical assistant replied that it was the hospital’s rules that patients needed to be dressed “appropriately”.

As Chen and his other friend weren’t satisfied with the medical assistant’s response, they kept probing her. Eventually, she allegedly lost her cool and yelled that Chen and his friends were “uneducated” and told them to leave the hospital grounds.

Taking this matter to Twitterverse, netizens were enraged by this situation.

User @aishatraphobia shared a horrific experience on behalf of her colleague:

User @kulfactor2 urged Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to look into this issue:

Meanwhile, user @MattPhoon said:

(Waiting for @Zaliha_DrZ to give clarity on this. Given its consider new news, let’s wait a bit. Restraining myself from jumping to conclusions.)

While on Monday (Feb 13), Perak health committee chairman A. Sivanesan released a statement that he is not happy with the response from the hospital. — Feb 15, 2023


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