The number of active Covid-19 cases has hit an all-time high, causing a flood of patients at public hospitals, particularly in the Klang Valley.
This has put tremendous strain on already overwhelmed healthcare workers, some of who can no longer take the pressure and are resigning.
At least 15 doctors at a public hospital in the Klang Valley have resigned in the last two weeks, according to a doctor who has also tendered his resignation.
The doctor, who spoke on condition of anonymity, also shared some of the resignation letters with Malaysiakini.
He was confirming accounts by Hartal Doktor Kontrak, a group lobbying for better treatment of contract doctors, that some are leaving due to pressure.
Two of the resignation letters shared were a 24-hour notice by contract doctors.
Among the reasons cited were burnout and gloomy prospects, despite having given their all in fighting against the Covid-19 pandemic.
Hartal Kontrak Doktor too shared some of the resignation letters on Twitter.
"Another 24-hours resignation notice. One by one leaving. Where is the senior management? Do they not know or do they not care?" it said.
Contract doctors at public hospitals face the prospect of losing their jobs after their five-year training.
This is because there is a lack of permanent placements due to the government's budgetary constraints.
Hartal Kontrak Doktor is planning a one-day strike on July 26 to pressure the government into offering a resolution, but some have given up on the lobbying and left.
The government had on July 12 said a resolution would be announced that week, but nothing came out of it.
As of yesterday, the number of active Covid-19 patients more than doubled from 67,447 to 137,587 in just 17 days.