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Malaysia: JB Doctor Shocked When Bangladeshi Worker Used Medical Terms And Knew As Much As A Practicing Doctor

A doctor based in Johor Bharu had recently encountered a very peculiar patient – a Bangladeshi foreign worker who had accurately self-diagnosed his ailment, and correctly identified the medicine needed to mend his sickness.

A doctor based in Johor Bharu had recently encountered a very peculiar patient – a Bangladeshi foreign worker who had accurately self-diagnosed his ailment, and correctly identified the medicine needed to mend his sickness.

In a Facebook post shared on his personal profile, Dr. Goh Aik Ping shared the story (in Mandarin) of this peculiar patient, who came in sporting yellow construction boots “just like Phua Chu Kang” and an unkempt appearance; but impressed Dr. Goh with his familiarity with medical terms and accurate self-diagnosis.

Dr. Goh was surprised that the 'Bangladeshi worker' had such deep knowledge of medication and medical terms

Dr. Goh was surprised that the ‘Bangladeshi worker’ had such deep knowledge of medication and medical terms

He said the patient had complained of diarrhea, and had suspected that he is suffering from ‘dysentery’ – a medical term for intestine infection. Surprised, Dr. Goh asked him how he came to knew the term, but the patient did not give him a proper answer.

After doing an examination, Dr Goh began to explain that his discomfort was due to an abdominal inflammation. However, before he could go into the details, the patient asked him is he had medication such as Ciprofloxacin, Metronidazole and Azithromycin- all of which are antibiotics that usually only a doctor would know.

To add to the surprise, the patient even managed to pronounce all the names of the antibiotics correctly!

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Unable to control his curiosity longer, Dr Goh began to probe into how this peculiar patient, who only worked as a construction worker, had such deep knowledge of medicine. The patient revealed that he was actually a pharmacist in Bangladesh, and even had his own pharmacy in the country. He has a MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) degree, and his brother is also a doctor.

The patient explained that living in Malaysia as a construction worker is better than a pharmacist in Bangladesh

The patient explained that living in Malaysia as a construction worker is better than a pharmacist in Bangladesh

However, he left his own country to escape the political instability, and was only planning to return once things get better in Bangladesh.

Astonished that the patient sitting in front of him was actually an accomplished pharmacist, he was overwhelmed with sorrow that someone with such esteemed qualifications had to flee his own country and work in Malaysia as a labourer. The patient however remarked that despite the long hours in our scorching heat, working in Malaysia was still better than living in Bangladesh as it is presently.

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Dr. Goh then expressed concern as Malaysia is also facing a certain political instability. He worries that we in the future might also have to give up our own profession, to escape to ‘developed’ countries, endure life as a hard-labour, and yet still living a better life than we would in our own country.

27 Comments

27 Comments

  1. David

    July 31, 2016 at 16:23

    This pharmacist actually has a doctor’s degree. Could the BBC correct this?

    • Shreedharen

      August 1, 2016 at 08:25

      My uncle from in India studied pharmacy in the 80s and one of its prerequisite is a mbbs degree.

  2. Bard

    August 1, 2016 at 00:21

    and yet we treat these people like shit because he’s from Bangladesh !? I’m not surprised reading this article. I met an afghan born English literature professor who was a security guard in one construction site. i don’t know but this makes me terribly uncomfortable when i see people judging others based on their nationalities. (it’s not a new story). well hopefully we learn something from these shared facebook posts rather than just hitting like on them ….

  3. Sjliew

    August 1, 2016 at 01:47

    I once encounter a bangaladeshi security guard replying my Facebook comments in all political science and law terms..so much in depth I myself could not command.

    • Sunshine

      August 2, 2016 at 05:24

      You can get more surprise if you try more. But the grim reality is that to think of the future generations, our so many people are simply destroying themselves day by day in such worse way. Our leaders have no time to think so rather busy to enrich their A/Cs in Swiss Bank. Many of my University friends have gained double Masters even maximum from Business Studies background but earning around 2-3K/Year only under serious inhuman condition. So, they are being devoted life to go abroad to get fruit plucker, brick breaker, building painter, Rod mechanic etc stressful job. They have forgotten that maximum of them had a golden past with family, personal property at home with loving and caring people but to get some high payment they accept such hell work like drug addicted person. Thanks.

  4. wong

    August 1, 2016 at 03:36

    Nothing surprised. In India, jobless engineer becomes a beggar on the street. Doctor becomes bus conductor while I study there. So stop complaints and contempt these foreign workers. Has any unemployed Malaysia doctor becomes a bus conductor. We only hear the Malaysia government doctor daily complaints too much work load, too little pay.

  5. Dr Ooi

    August 1, 2016 at 07:50

    A doctor migrated to Brisbane from Malaysia 15 years ago. He cannot work as a doctor as MBBS not recognised. He worked as a taxi driver for 3 years until he re sit all exams.

    • Angeline

      August 1, 2016 at 11:53

      Ofcourse he needs to resit Australian medical exams to qualify n practice in Australia. I as a patient will demand that,

  6. Lohchenkee

    August 1, 2016 at 08:19

    Ye. We have to worry now and prepare the future path for our children.

  7. Meng

    August 1, 2016 at 08:47

    Pl advice the Dr to hire the 2 Bangladeshi to work in clinic as assistants v

  8. K.S.Ooi

    August 1, 2016 at 10:02

    What we are witnessing are the sad tales of the doings of corrupt and inept leaders of their own countries.
    Regretfully, we in Malaysia is heading towards the same predicament.

    • Awang Samiun

      August 1, 2016 at 10:44

      Very correct. We are definitely moving fast into that direction!

    • Rul

      August 1, 2016 at 12:34

      That is the punishment to citizens if choosing corruption leader. Then why still giving them win during election?

      • Sunshine

        August 2, 2016 at 05:09

        You are wrong dear. We are now not participating the election bcoz they don’t want so. The culprits are being elected by manipulating with the assistance of the backboneless election commission and paid gunmans.

  9. Jho Low

    August 1, 2016 at 10:42

    Here in Malaysia, generation former boat people from middle kingdom always talk about migrating away. we should ensure they get themselves out really soon. we should not harbour parasites. it harm our nation. those bangladeshi still love their country. but these parasites never.

    • Nani

      August 1, 2016 at 12:52

      Sorry I beg to differ you are the only one that never love your own country look at what you have done and what happen to our economy? reputation? and social harmony? Is this causes by the citizens or the politicians? Everyone know that period.

      • Richard chong

        August 2, 2016 at 18:18

        No need to debate. Power corrupts and in our country it corrupts to the core. It doesn’t matter who are we, as long as we still keep quiet , any moment we will suffer together .
        Don’t fight among the people but fight corruption & love our country & people and things will improve.

  10. Kitwahlai

    August 1, 2016 at 13:35

    Yes, agreed, if our country, Malaysia continues to have such Selfish and Greedy Managing Authorities who only put his Own Interest Higher than the Rakyats, very soon our Fate will be just like the Bangladeshi. Very Sad to think about it.

    I met some Bangladesh workers in an ornamental fish farm, they could speak fluent English, much better than our Malaysian New Graduates. Maybe, the Government had used the Bahasa Language as a medium of Education wrongly, thus creating embarassing situations for most of our Malaysians Students Overseas.

    By using, their own Mother’s Tongue , to better comprenhend is definitely an advandage, over the other Students. Yet, to bridge their gap closer to our standard of education is still far. A selfish act only brings down the level of education. Knowing the mistake, up till now is not amended. English is the International Language, whether you like or don’t.

    Wishing All Malaysians The Best Of Luck and A Better Future for the Next generations.

  11. fathimahzahra

    August 1, 2016 at 14:13

    no surprise. they live in a human capital country, not stable and no jobs. this takes me back to the time when I used to work at KFC after SPM while waiting for the result. many of my co workers are indian from India and they are educated in either IT or Engineering. got a degree n master’s. they are willing to work 12 hours a day. very harworking. they said they earn more as a cook at KFC here. sad reality.

    • anis

      August 2, 2016 at 17:06

      I am a radiologist and I also 12 hours even sometime work 16 hours,

  12. Melanie

    August 1, 2016 at 15:49

    While the story is very interesting and an eye opener for those who think all Bangladeshis are uneducated, the grammar, tenses etc of the leaves much to be desired…. The article should have been proofread and edited to ensure a better level of English.

  13. Zuhaimy ismail

    August 2, 2016 at 07:44

    If one feels that its too bad to live in Malaysia now he or she must leave now. Lets keep Malaysia the best place and destination to live..

  14. Adil Ahmad

    August 2, 2016 at 12:07

    Malaysia is a great place and the people are extraordinary and hospitable. I am from Bangladesh and I have an MBA in marketing and yet working as a plantation worker in Malaysia. I feel very safe here and feel almost committed to die for this country if needed who has given me live and shelter.

  15. Adil Ahmad

    August 2, 2016 at 12:11

    To make things clear I am posting further here that I did not express earlier about my background here to be noticed and receive sympathy from anyone and then be offered a better working opportunity. I am happy and content Alhamdulillah.

  16. rahman

    August 2, 2016 at 17:12

    I think malaysia is good for me, I am a radiologist, but I worked here at least 12 hours, I feel It is safe for me,

  17. Z Hisham

    August 4, 2016 at 15:51

    The last paragraph is really unnecessary. The story is spoiled by that last para.

  18. Evelyn Yee

    November 20, 2017 at 18:01

    OMG! this news article appears to be quite old but nonetheless it is still relevant now. It is heartening to read of people no matter what qualifications or standing in society, are grateful to find just about any job they can earn an honest living. Ironically we hear and read of statistics that tens of thousands (maybe more) of our own people being jobless!??

    Something is not right, isn’t it? Thousands upon thousands of jobs in factories and plantations and services sectors whose doors are opened to our own locals. So what is the matter?

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