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Long hours and lack of work-life balance prompt one doc to quit

PETALING JAYA: One doctor decided to opt out of her housemanship training after realising that it was not the life she wanted.

The 32-year-old woman, who only wished to be known as Dr MH, said she decided to stop her housemanship after 14 months of training because the long hours were stressful and there was no work-life balance.

“I was on-call every other day and I realised that even after becoming a medical officer or specialist, the schedule would still be heavy. I didn’t want that kind of lifestyle,” she said.

Dr MH, who is now a medical adviser for a pharmaceutical company, said as a houseman in a training hospital in the Klang Valley then, she worked from 7am to 5pm and would be on-call duty from 6pm to 7am the following morning before continuing with the normal working hours the next day.

“During on-call duty, there are usually patients to attend to. We get little sleep in between and have to wake up at 5am to take blood samples of patients before the senior doctors come in,” she said.

She said her late father was horrified when she resigned and even asked relatives to persuade her to change her mind.

She admitted that her father had wanted her to do medicine although she had wanted to do actuarial science.

“Money was not a factor for leaving the profession even though pharmaceutical companies pay better. I am more satisfied with the stable working hours,” she said.

Asked what advice she would give to students wanting to pursue medicine, she said they must have the passion and good grades because the course was intensive and the work demanding.

“They should not be influenced by their peers or their parents for choosing medicine,” she said.

Lee Kuan Yew: Singaporeans mourn ‘charging lion’

Death of Lee Kuan Yew

As the sun rose over Singapore General Hospital, paralympic athlete William Tan arrived in his wheelchair at a tribute area for Mr Lee Kuan Yew and bowed his head in silence.

He told the BBC that as a child, he had watched Mr Lee cry on television as he announced one of the country’s most traumatic moments: its separation from Malaysia in 1965.

“It’s a sad day for all Singaporeans. I lived in the era where he built Singapore, and I’ve seen it progress,” said the 58-year-old.

For Sayeed Hussain, who brought his two teenage children to pay respects before they headed off to school, Mr Lee’s legacy was social harmony. “He did a lot for us, helped to shape a multi-racial and multi-cultural Singapore,” he said.
The country’s newspapers darkened their mastheads and published Mr Lee’s picture on their front.

Mr Lee was a towering figure in the lives of many Singaporeans, leading a team that transformed Singapore to a rich, stable country.

He has also been strongly criticised for his human rights record, his ruthless pursuit of political opponents and views on race and genetics. But in the immediate hours after his death, few Singaporeans were willing to touch on the more controversial aspects of his legacy.

Even opponents, such as politician Chee Soon Juan who was sued for defamation by Mr Lee, expressed only condolences. Low Thia Khiang, the leader of Singapore’s main opposition party in parliament, Workers’ Party, said Mr Lee’s contribution would be “remembered for generations to come”.
‘A charging lion’

Online and offline, the country mourned. Radio and television played tributes and downbeat music, newspapers darkened their mastheads, digital billboards were blanked out, and television stations ran tickers announcing his death.

International Day of Happiness celebrated in KL


KUALA LUMPUR: In conjunction with the 2015 International Day of Happiness celebration on Friday, the Federal Town and Country Planning Department chose to highlight the importance of a “happy city” on the well-being of its residents.

Department director-general Datin Paduka Dr Dahlia Rosly said that life in the city could be stressful due to many factors, such as work commitments, from commuting, and the environment”.

“We want today to be a day to celebrate happiness in the city.

“A happy city is a productive city, it is a safe city, and a healthy city ” said Dr Dahlia at the official launch of the 2015 International Day of Happiness.

“We have identified several factors that contribute to closeness and cohesiveness in a community such as the increase of walkable areas in the city, more cycling paths, and urban community gardening, where residents can do the activities together,” she explained.

The day was marked with activities such as performances by buskers at Sogo shopping mall and free bus rides to certain routes in the city.

The department also set up booths in front of Sogo shopping mall to conduct free glucose and cholesterol tests for the public.

The International Day of Happiness was established by the United Nations in 2012 and is celebrated annually on March 20.
This year marked the first time it was officially celebrated in Malaysia.

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Falling ringgit in focus


THAT the ringgit has continued to slide over the week says it all: the revised Budget 2015 has not been very successful at restoring flagging foreign investor appetite for Malaysian assets.

Fresh concerns have been raised over the risk of the country’s sovereign debt rating being downgraded following the upward revision in the Government’s fiscal deficit target for 2015.

Despite the slew of measures announced for the revised Budget 2015 to cushion Malaysia’s economy from the blow of falling crude oil prices and slowing global growth, some foreign analysts now see Malaysia like one of those traditionally riskier regional economies such as Indonesia and India. They can’t seem to shake off the thought of how vulnerable the country is to low crude oil prices.

Fitch Ratings, which has put Malaysia on a negative rating watch since July 2013, for one, has said recently that it is “more likely than not” to cut the country’s debt rating.

The international rating agency, which is due to review Malaysia’s rating within the next six months, has cited the country’s dependence on commodities as a key credit weakness.

Two other international rating agencies – Standard & Poor’s (S&P) and Moody’s – have thus far ascribed a “stable” outlook on Malaysia’s sovereign rating.

Koi Brings Luck


KOI breeders see a thriving business during the Lunar New Year period. This is because many Chinese believe that by investing in the fish, they will be blessed with financial abundance.

However, while the koi are referred to as investments and many actually do appreciate in value (as long as you buy the right fish with the right pedigree from the right breeders), most buyers do not resell their fish. Firstly, because they value more the koi as a creature of prosperity and longevity, and not the money that can be realised from a sale. And secondly, buyers tend to be emotionally attached to their fish.

Jeff Tan, a koi investor and breeder who runs the Arowana Aquarium Specialist Centre, says investors generally hang on to their fish because they believe the koi will bring them wealth.

For those who are less sentimental, however, koi do make a good alternative investment. But you have to know how to pick them and how to look after them. A koi’s value is based on its size, bloodline, accolades, beauty and breeder.

Prices can start from as low as RM50 and go up to RM300,000. If a koi comes with a birth certificate, it will cost at least RM1,500. Most of Tan’s premier grade koi sell for about RM35,000 each.