MMA faces deregistration – again
and now, The Star reports
SEREMBAN: More than a year after it was given a lifeline from being deregistered by the Home Ministry, the Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) is in trouble again.
This time, the association risks of being struck off by the Registrar of Societies (ROS) for violating provisions in its constitution.
The 60-year-old association with a membership of 10,000 doctors has until the end of next month to explain alleged irregularities in its finances and its failure to table audited monthly accounts to its executive committee and council on several occasions.
A source said the ROS had investigated the allegations and found that these merit explanation, following complaints by MMA members unhappy with the running of the body.
“One of the allegations is that MMA had failed to provide the audited accounts ending December 2010 when the council met in April the following year. This is a serious allegation as it involves funds of the association,” the source said.
The MMA is also under probe for not remitting funds it received to its bank account within a week or earlier on several occasions.
The source said monies received by the association in July, August and October 2010 were only remitted into its account in April 2011.
“There were other unexplained delays on several occasions and this is a violation of its constitution.”
Other issues plaguing the association included the failure of its national working committee for the private practitioners section to meet within a month of its national AGM and the question of why representatives from its Schomos (the Section Concerning House Officers, Medical Officers and Specialists in Government Service) were unable to hold meetings with the body.
MMA president Datuk NKS Tharmaseelan could not be reached for comment.
For doctors, we have started a thread in the Dobbs Forum where this issue can be discussed in private and any updates on the matter posted.