Listening Notes: Special Report on Aged Care and Covid-19 too little, too late; Malaysian Federation fails to deliver for Sabah and Sarawak

Monday, 12 October 2020 - 2:00pm to 2:30pm
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, photo by ej yao Unsplash

Photo: Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia,  by ej yao Unsplash

 

Special Report on Aged care and Covid-19: Not a lot of action

The Special Report into the Covid-19 pandemic released October 1st by the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, contains “a lot of information and not a lot of action”, according to Professor Joseph Ibrahim. Joseph is from the Health Law and Ageing Research Unit in the Department of Forensic Medicine at Monash University. He joined me to discuss a paper he'd written for The Conversation entitled Older Australians deserve more than the aged care royal commission's COVID-19 report delivers here. Joseph is concerned that the report doesn't offer a clear picture of what went wrong and that the recommendations fall short and come too late.

Also see Rick Moreton's article Care Deficit published in the Saturday Paper, Oct. 10-14th on the neglect of aged care in the Federal Budget.

Colonial legacy behind talk of secession in Sabah and Sarawak

Professor James Chin is the Director of the Asia Institute Tasmania. He studies governance issues in Sotheast Asia, in particular in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. He's wrirtten a paper for The Conversation entitled Is Malaysia heading for BorneoExit? Why some in East Malaysia are advocating secession here. James discuses the colonial history of Sabah and Sarawak, the Malaysian Federation's failure to deliver on its agreements and what it could do to resolve the problems.