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MDA President's Message from Dr John Ting Sii Ong

Date 19.08.2015

Dear esteemed members of MDA,

Greetings from the MDA council. I would like to take this golden opportunity to wish everyone a wonderful times ahead as the year end school holiday is approaching, in this update, on a few events that had occurred for the past few months since the new council took office at June.

International front

The MDA council has received a notification from the Indian Dental Association regarding the call to form a new Asian Pacific Dental Alliance, which may be replacing the Asian Pacific Dental Federation as the new Asian Pacific Regional Organization for FDI. Depending on the further progress of preparation & decisions of the other Asian Pacific Countries, this may materialize by FDI Bangkok this September. The council is seeking the advice from our Past Presidents on these and other related issues. Input from members is highly appreciated. Dental Bill

Since the announcement of the YB Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S Subramanium that the Dental Bill will be tabled at the parliament​ in October​ to replace the Denatl Act 1971, the MDA council had been actively engaging the relevant officers in the MOH to discuss and give feedback on various important issues that may ​arise​ ​after the New Act coming into effect. We will keep our members posted on the relevant issue​s​ that crop up, from time to time. As the compulsory ​30 ​CPD points will be needed​ to renew APC​ after the Act is passed in the Parliment, we urge you to participate actively in the coming 23rd SCATE from 15/1​/2016​ to 17/1​/2016​ as well as the MIDEC2016 from ​29/7/2016-31/7/2016, in which ​both the venue will be at PWTC.​ ​

Price fixing of MDA event by Malaysian Dental Traders Association.

Towards the end of July, MDA 23rdSCATE Trade committee have received a disturbing news that the Malaysian Dental Dealers Association Protem Committee led by Mr Ding Sing Leong from Amedix, Mr​ KP​ L​eo​w from Gallah Dental sdn Bhd, & Mr Gary Tong from the Wise Heritage, is contemplating a trade embargo to the 23rd SCATE, refraining the would be members to participate until the demand from the protem committee been met. A few of the MDA council members, realizing the serious implications of the threat, quickly called up the person​s​ involved & advised them the unfair modes of blackmailing should not be put to the MDA especially from the long time friends & partners of MDA members, the door of the MDA is always open for discussion with any parties. However the MDDA protem committee refused to listen & proceeded to send in their official demand. The SCATE trade committee responded after lengthy internal discussion.

The MDDA sent in their official demand after their official formation on ​4/9/2015,​ MDA sent in an official protest letter to MDDA immediately upon their formation with the ROS wherein the MDA had reiterated the official stand of not negotiating with MDDA under the threat of a trade embargo but would still willing to meet the representatives of the 13 companies. The ​Protem ​President of the MDDA Mr Ding Sing Leong from Amedix declined the friendly gesture.

MDDA members need to realize the fact that MDA is organizing a trade exhibition in conjunction with a Scientific Congress. To successfully organize a mammoth congress, MDA commit to it with 5 full time staffs, with 40-50 or more of voluntary MDA members sacrificing their uncountable numbers of hours ; not to mention taking the risk of making a million ringgit commitment there. With a participation fee of mere RM6000-6500 per booth for a 3 days event at a international exhibition centre, what is the level of risk that the traders involved as compared with MDA? Why is it now with a trade dealers association formed then the dental traders should command the pricing of a trade exhibition booth solely organized by MDA?

I am now seeking the support of the members of MDA to denounce on this untimely & immature act of blackmailing by the newly formed MDDA. They claimed this 60 traders can unite for the pricing of MDA booths to be reduced, can or should MDA call for a unity of all MDA members​ ​with a ​"​carrot stick​"​ of ​demanding​ the traders to reduce the price of dental products ​now & then?

Again, wish all MDA members a good day ahead & take care.​

Dr John Ting Sii Ong
President 2015/2016,
Malaysian Dental Association
Date: 19.8.2015


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