The Malaysian Cabinet has made a unanimous decision today, July 5 to NOT waive the SPM Bahasa Malaysia qualification requirement for medical graduates applying to proceed with house officer training in teaching hospitals.
It has been previously announced that a waiver would be given to medical graduates without SPM BM qualifications that would allow them to undertake the house officer training in teaching hospitals. It has since been reported that the Health Ministry has decided that only medical graduates with a pass in SPM BM would be allowed to go through the house officers' programme.
Medical graduates who sat for O-Level examinations instead of the SPM examinations would have to sit for the SPM Bahasa Malaysia paper and pass before they are allowed to proceed with registering for the house officer programme.
Without completing the house officer programme, medical graduates would not be able to legally practice medicine.