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Malaysia Healthcare e-Newsletter | 2021 Vol. 2

Message from the Chief Executive Officer

Assalamualaikum and greetings from Malaysia Healthcare!

The second quarter of 2021 marks my first three months as Chief Executive Officer of Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council, and what a journey it has been.

From the get-go, I was well aware of the work cut out for us owing to the damage which COVID-19 continues to wreak over the industry globally. Having worked with MHTC during my previous stint, I confidently walked into my new role with a firm grasp of Malaysia Healthcare’s capabilities and potential. This understanding quickly blossomed into a vision which I firmly believe can drive the industry back to its former glory, and continue our stance as the World’s Healthcare Marvel.

As of this moment, Malaysia Healthcare is putting our best foot forward in ensuring that there is continuity of care for patients delivered in a safe and trusted manner, whether through digital solutions or by way of our medical travel bubble. For us at MHTC, our commitment to upholding patient safety and the overall wellbeing of our community remains our priority, and this is demonstrated through the strong public-private partnerships which Malaysia Healthcare is built upon.

As we forge ahead, the buck does not stop there – we have an industry to recharge for a future that has changed from what we had previously envisioned. A wise response to this would be to anchor our efforts on a vision to forge industry resilience towards a sustainable industry recovery. Ultimately, our great aim is to elevate the healthcare travel industry – through exemplifying best experience from all aspects, by having an active ecosystem, strong Malaysia Healthcare brand and market strategies.

This vision is already being realised through numerous engagements held with our government leaders, industry stakeholders, and partnerships forged with like-minded partners locally and abroad. Within the global landscape of the healthcare travel industry lies a realisation and hunger for strategic partnerships and collaboration which we need to take stock of.

2021 is all about what we can achieve in 2022 and beyond. Thus, our focus for the second half of the year will be to continuously steer Malaysia Healthcare’s growth and standards in delivering world-class quality healthcare in a safe and trusted destination; a commitment that we all must uphold together.

On a closing note, I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank the Ministry of Health, National Security Council, partner hospitals, key industry players, our frontliners and all of you for your contributions in ensuring the safety of our nation. I hope that everyone remains vigilant during these times and realises that the key to our success is to first overcome our most overwhelming challenge – to flatten the curve of COVID-19 and achieve herd immunity. Do uphold all the necessary SOPs and sign up to get vaccinated. The best way forward is the step taken together.

Thank you.

Mohd Daud Mohd Arif
Chief Executive Officer
Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council

The Quarterly Scoop

Commentary on Healthcare Travel

Increased talks of issuing digital vaccine passports and mobile health passes to facilitate industry and economic growth is being considered in several countries around the globe. Closer to home, The Association of Private Hospitals of Malaysia (APHM) is in support of this and is urging the government to establish an internationally recognised vaccine passport to boost healthcare travel and expedite economic recovery.

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Commentary on Healthcare

During the second quarter of the year, Malaysia faced a resurge in COVID-19 cases with more virulent, sporadic variants found and the highest number of daily infections recorded in the country with 9,020 cases on 30 May. This resurgence caused strains to the healthcare system, as overall hospital capacities are still considered to be at a critical level.

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MHTC Updates

Entry Deadline
8 Oct 2021

Material Eligibility
21 Oct 2020 – 8 Oct 2021

Introducing Our Esteemed Panel of Judges for MTMA2021

Mohd Daud Mohd Arif

Chief Judge


CEO of Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC)

Ms. Manminder Dhillon

Head Judge


CEO of Intelectasia

Shannon Teoh


Bureau Chief, Singapore Press Holdings

Haikel Fahim


Head of Telum Media, SEA

Kiranjit Kaur


Professor in Public Relations, UiTM Shah Alam

Hanizah Hamzah


Head of TV, ABU

Dr. Izzal Asnira Zolkepli


Asst Prof, Mass Comms, USM

Cristian Rahadiansyah


Editor-in-Chief, DestinAsian Indonesia
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MCL Announcement

Kindly note that the Malaysia Healthcare Concierge and Lounge at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), klia2 and Penang International Airport (PIA) is temporarily closed until further notice. For more information, please email [email protected] or visit malaysiahealthcare.org.

Member Hospital Features

Sunway Medical Centre is one of our several Elite Partner’s appointed as a Private Hospital Vaccination Centre under the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme.

To encourage healthy eating, IJN ran several #FoodForHeart social media campaigns to encourage the public to post their healthy food treats and Raya meals for a chance to win cool prizes.

Not all heroes wear capes. Some wear nursing caps! On 12 May, Gleneagles KL celebrated Nurses Day with a gift of appreciation for all their hard work and dedication. Thank you to all our nurses for braving the front row of the COVID-19 battle!

Island Hospital is taking the fuss off driving back from a hospital visit with a free ride home to its hospital patients.

Member Hospital List

For the full list of our Member Hospitals click here

A Hundred Unsung Heroes

Exactly a year ago, on 18 March 2020, Malaysia went into a nation-wide lockdown, compelling everyone to stay at home – except our frontliners. These dedicated men and women, range from healthcare workers, military, police, non-government organisation volunteers, delivery personnel and more.

Their stories remind us that our battle against COVID-19 takes a village to combat and we should be vigilant to adhere to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to keep each other safe.A year later, on 18 March 2021, we present a compilation of their stories from the heart, a reflection of their courage, determination, and perseverance in the battle against COVID-19.

Click here to read their stories, share their tales of dedication and celebrate them with us. To our Unsung Heroes, we salute you!

Featured Blog Piece

A Hundred Unsung Heroes: Paying Tribute to Malaysia’s Frontliners

On 18 March 2021, Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC) launched its national campaign ‘A Hundred Unsung Heroes’ – an e-book that chronicles the journey of 100 frontliners who have been at the forefront of the nation’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read more about the campaign here.
Download the e-book here: https://malaysiahealthcare.org/unsung-heroes/

Editorial Column

Advisor

Mohd Daud Mohd Arif, Chief Executive Officer

Editorial Team
  • Shobena Singam
  • Tutie Ismail
  • Vanessa Tan
  • Joyce Gan
  • Rowena Selvarasan
  • Nik Nabilah Mohd Azmin