RECENTLY, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim made a statement regarding the absorption of doctors in Malaysia, saying that it would cost roughly RM10 bil a year if 4,000 contract health workers were to be given permanent placements.Anwar stated that he will continue to focus on the well-being of the educational and healthcare workers in our country. Meanwhile, Malaysians agree that doctors are the backbone of our society and should at least receive a permanent job. Nevertheless, crafty netizens are stating that it is not possible that doctors are making RM2.5 mil a year in Malaysia.
Their pay is less than RM100K a year.
If RM2.5Mil per person a year is 25x?
Which overhead cost is that? Even 10x is outrageous. Think. https://t.co/aQ8bUePJs6
— Bitcoin Malaya (@bitcoinmalaya) March 31, 2023
Bitcoin Malaya, a prominent Twitter account, states that the RM10 bil sounds peculiar and that the calculations do not add up.The page then states that each doctor’s cost is 25x more than their rough annual salaries, which are RM100,000. The page further questioned the validity of the overhead costs. Several comments are defending our current government with Twitter user Colin Charles @bytebot stating:
It’s the pensions. Subpar employees will take it over EPF, and stay till retirement.
The biggest takeaway from this should be how to now reduce the oversized civil service. Retroactively ending pensions, bonuses and promotions based on KPIs, PIPs, etc
— Colin Charles (@bytebot) March 31, 2023
Furthermore, another Twitter user @sharannkaur defended PM Anwar by saying:
that’s an unfair conclusion to make without the detailed numbers. As mentioned by another comment all the yada yadas + inflation + compounding interests & time value of money etc. Not saying 10m is accurate, just saying you can’t conclude without study of the numbers.
— Sharan Kaur (@sharannkaur) March 31, 2023
Another Twitter user @TiadaCarut added:
Even if it takes 10 billion, it is wayyyy better than to see the Malaysian govt healthcare from collapsing. Nanti bila semua doctor dah exit KKM, how much you guys think nak kena hire EXPAT doctors plak? Mind you guys ya EXPATS ARE WAYYY MORE EXPENSIVE!
— FreePalestine🇵🇸🇲🇾 (@TiadaCarut) March 31, 2023
In lieu, this user stated that spending the amount of money is worth it when compared to seeing the healthcare system collapse. The Twitter user then adds that if all the government doctors quit, we might resort to hiring ex-pat doctors, which will cost a lot more than what is cited as it is. Some comments are also against the government with Twitter user @mnimmbmy noted:
A normal gred 53 doc cost to the gov:
Chose epf scheme over pension:13% employer contribution:1.17k
Total: 10.17k/month, 122k/year
Mne lg 2.3M yg supposed calculated cost to the gov? Spe sakau ni?
— HIH Emperor Emhyr var Emreis (@mnimmbmy) March 31, 2023
He said the cost of a normal grade 53 doctor which would lead to a RM7,000 allowance and a RM2,000 EPF scheme over pensions. There would be a 13% EPF contribution by the government which is RM1,170 which would lead to a RM10,170 a month expenditure. Which would then make it RM122,000 a year. He questions where would the other RM2.3 mil go?Meanwhile,Twitter user @reinerbraunnn said: — April 1, 2023
If 10b per year, you cannot include pension because its costed as recurring cost per year. Not lumpsum. The calculation is wrong entirely because this is not a project-based calculation.
— рейнербраунн (@reinerbraunnn) March 31, 2023