KULIM - About 100 Malaysian doctors and medical specialists working overseas have expressed their interest to return to serve the country, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
He said the number was obtained during road shows conducted by Talent Corp, a Government-owned agency that has been mandated to recruit and nurture talent locally and abroad.
The doctors and medical specialists were currently residing in Taiwan, Australia and United Kingdom, he said.
Liow said he was told that Talent Corp received many enquiries during visits to Taiwan and Australia recently.
"More importantly, many of them have expressed keen interest to come back. Some of them are well-known in their fields. We are happy and touched," he said after a visit to the Kulim Hospital yesterday.
On another matter, Liow said the Government has given approval for a ferry to be modified as a sea ambulance to transport patients from Langkawi to the mainland.
"We are still in talks with a ferry operator to allocate a craft and hopefully we can start the service as soon as possible," he said.
Liow said patients currently had to share space with other commercial ferry passengers.
"With a sea ambulance, the patient will have the ferry to himself and family members," he said.
At another function in Penang later, Liow said another 70 1Malaysia clinics will be set up nationwide next year, in addition to the 150 existing clinics.
He also said the ministry would wait for the report confirming the positive results of banned antibiotics in Ayamas products before making a decision on whether to issue a stop work order on Ayamas restaurants.