Kamal Amzan

Kamal Amzan


Works on clinical governance by day, and patient safety at night. Writes and does everything else when he can’t sleep. On Twitter @drkamalamzan and facebook.com/DrKamalAmzan.

Recent Opinions

  • 3 months ago

    Education is the engine for growth and change

  • 10 months ago

    Best for your kid, best for the country

  • 11 months ago

    HIV isn't a crime, its discrimination is

  • 11 months ago

    Peace isn’t the absence of chaos

More from Kamal Amzan

  • 11 months ago

    Real leaders say 'Let's go!'

    NOVEMBER 20 ― I recently attended an Outward Bound programme in Lumut. It was meant to take you away from modern distractions, comfort, so you can focus on their strengths....

  • 1 year ago

    Getting our priorities right

    FEBRUARY 6 — I think it’s cute that Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) thinks that all it takes to get people to cycle... is to paint a lane blue.  The lane cuts through the...

  • 1 year ago

    Racism isn’t patriotism

    JANUARY 24 — I wonder at what age most Malaysians are taught about tolerance. About race and religion.  For me, it was at school and I was a slow learner at that — not...

  • 1 year ago

    Calories can’t tell the time

    JANUARY 11 — A United Nations (UN) Food and Agriculture Organisation report revealed that Malaysians consume an average of 2,910 calories daily. And our neighbours? Indonesians...

  • 1 year ago

    Is courtesy extinct?

    JANUARY 4 — You don’t go around calling people fat. Unsightly. Ugly.  Even if they are all that. Neither do you brag about the trip you’ve taken to Europe or the...

  • 1 year ago

    The difference between sensitivity and intolerance

    DECEMBER 27 — Let’s get this right. There’s a difference between being sensitive and being intolerant. The former goes with respect, manners and forms the building blocks of...

  • 1 year ago

    The sanctity of life on Malaysian roads

    DECEMBER 18 — I was in an accident a few months back.  I was driving to Ipoh when a big black bag appeared in front of me. Perhaps it was my medical background, or more...

  • 3 years ago

    An independent nation that is truly Merdeka

    AUGUST 23 ― There are places in Sabah where children wake up at 3.30am to go to school. And start walking there at 4.30am. They are not your average students who are picked up...

  • 3 years ago

    Lessons of Ramadan

    JULY 4 — It has been an interesting Ramadan for me.  I’ve lost weight. Got to finish a lot of work without being distracted by chips, peanuts, biscuits. Office is...

  • 3 years ago

    Vaccinations work... do it now!

    JUNE 29 ― Christopher Columbus introduced among others smallpox, measles, whooping cough, chicken pox, typhus to the Americas in 1492. That exposure, according to the Journal of...

  • 3 years ago

    Mothers and their children should not be separated

    MAY 19 ― Unless the mother is physically, psychologically and emotionally unfit to be around her child, we should do all we can to preserve that union. Neither religion nor...

  • 3 years ago

    Time to take care of our doctors

    MAY 11 ― You don’t need to be very smart to be someone important in Malaysia, do you? Expensive tolls? Use non-tolled roads. Expensive chicken? Eat fish. Grow...

  • 3 years ago

    What a way to add value

    MAY 7 ― I might be wrong, but when our ministers talk about adding value to Malaysian-made products, I’m quite sure they did not anticipate the recital of Quranic...

  • 3 years ago

    Intelligent Malaysians speak English

    FEBRUARY 9 ― I was forwarded a message that says, “English is just a language, not a measure of intelligence” in a WhatsApp group. To my chagrin, I saw it again...

  • 3 years ago

    The disappearing Malaysian identity

    JANUARY 12 ― Festival season makes me treasure the country more. This is probably driven by the feeling that we are losing the plot as a nation, and together with it our...