I read the comments by Malaysian orthodontists which appeared in your paper.
I have yet to meet another group of dental professionals who are victims of their own paranoia.. Many of them are so full of themselves that they will extract teeth, preferring to stick to practices which are out of date.
Today, the practice is multi-disciplinary, research, technology and knowledge, IT driven practice. This means that in order to keep pace with the “new”dentistry, one needs to invest in one’s life long education, undertake research and participate in dental conventions around the world. Because of globalisation,one can no longer afford to have village dental mindset and be a jaguh kampong.
We need to take a serious look at dental education and make drastic changes to the curriculum.
All I hear from graduates with 3 years of their orthodontic training is that their courses have no relevance to what is required to be a good dental practitioner. If course is rigorous why is it some of them can have multiple babies in between courses ?
When they graduate, they are not encouraged to do research, the sine qua non of sound dental practice.
So instead of promoting dental education these orthodontists are interested only in restricting practice and promoting themselves at the expense of their patients.
They are playing politics most of the time. The Malaysian Orthodontic Association (MOA) is so arrogant that it has withdrawn itself the Malaysian Dental Association (MDA). In stead, it has become a mafia type institution dedicated to the promotion of restrictive dental practice in violation of the Competition Act.
It is time for the MOA to embrace globalisation and promote the development of dental education and practice so that Malaysia like Thailand and Dubai which is a more preferred medical tourism location of choice.