I am with Gunasegaran of The Star, Rocky and Sime Darby Watch on this one. The proposal by Sime Darby to privatise Institut Jantung Negara (National Heart Institute) is driven by pure profiteering. There's no other way to look at it.
IJN has a public purpose. It provides a fair price for all Malaysians who need cardiac attention.
What can privatisation do that is BETTER than the solid service already being provided by IJN?
Malaysians must surely have learnt by now that privatisation is a code word for profits to a select few and higher costs for the ikan bilis of Malaysia.
I am normally quite circumspect about most matters. But any issue of privatisation just riles me because the costs almost always outweighs the benefits to Malaysians.
To the federal government ministries and agencies looking at this proposal, just stop this and put a TOLAK rubber stamp in RED ink on the proposal, please.