The Straits Times
Published on Oct 06, 2012

Medical students in Malaysian university brainwashed into quitting


PETALING JAYA: A group of medical students from the Universiti Sains Malaysia, one of the biggest universities in Malaysia, has allegedly been brainwashed into leaving their studies by a Buddhist monk.

The student Buddhist association from the campus in Kubang Kerian, Kelantan, had voiced its concern that around 30 medical students had shown behavioural changes and disinterest in their studies after returning from a trip to Thailand with the monk in August, the Star newspaper cited Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia lay adviser Chong Hung Wang as saying.

"These students were led to believe that patients should not receive medical treatment for their condition as sickness is the result of their karma," Mr Chong said. "They are convinced that they should not become doctors as the act of treating patients will interfere with karma."

A university official confirmed that three students had applied to transfer to other courses.