Malaysian students going to medical schools abroad must ignore unscrupulous agents who claim that they do not need to get the "no objection certification" (NOC) from the Malaysian education ministry.
P. Kamalanathan, the deputy education minister said that the NOC was mandatory in response to the Malaysian Medical Association's (MMA) request for the Government to review or withdraw accreditation of foreign medical colleges that failed to meet the standards set by the government.
MMA president Dr N.K.S. Tharmaseelan recently said that the ministry had set a minimum of five B4 credits in the SPM examination for entry to any local or international medical college.
Those seeking admission to medical colleges need to obtain the NOC as well.
"It is a known fact that doctors who failed to obtain the minimum SPM requirements of five B4 credits to enrol into medical schools have been slipping into the Malaysian healthcare system," said Tharmaseelan.
Kamalanathan also said that as far as the education ministry was concerned, obtaining the NOC was a straightforward process.
"The ministry will not give the NOC to students who get a 'C' for the critical subjects," he told a press conference on Thursday.
Asked if the ministry would work towards de-listing universities that did not meet the standards, Kamalanathan said that the Higher Education Sector of the ministry was currently working closely with the Malaysian Medical Council to resolve the problem.