‘Com­plete hos­pi­tals on time’

> Sul­tan of Se­lan­gor says it is im­por­tant to meet dead­line for peo­ple’s well­be­ing

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY LEE CHOON FAI

SHAH ALAM: The Sul­tan of Se­lan­gor has ad­vised the gov­ern­ment to en­sure that all hos­pi­tal projects are com­pleted on time so that the peo­ple will not be un­duly bur­dened.

Sul­tan Shara­fud­din Idris Shah said this is es­pe­cially im­por­tant as it in­volves the peo­ple’s well­be­ing.

“I stress that all pri­or­ity projects in­volv­ing the well­be­ing of the peo­ple, such as build­ing a hos­pi­tal, should be com­pleted ac­cord­ing to sched­ule.

“The re­spon­si­ble im­ple­men­ta­tion agen­cies must mon­i­tor the ex­e­cu­tion and main­tenance of such projects closely,” he said in his ad­dress at the Shah Alam Hos­pi­tal yes­ter­day.

He said fin­ish­ing such projects on sched­ule will pro­vide much needed health ser­vices with­out fur­ther trou­bling the peo­ple, who are al­ready bur­dened with the ris­ing costs of liv­ing.

Con­struc­tion on the Shah Alam Hos­pi­tal started in Novem­ber 2007 and was sup­posed to be com­pleted within three years time at a cost of RM482.6 mil­lion.

The gov­ern­ment can­celed the con­tract when it was found that only 27% was com­pleted us­ing RM139.9 mil­lion in Septem­ber 2010.

A new con­trac­tor was then hired in 2011 to com­plete the hos­pi­tal for RM410.87 mil­lion, and the fa­cil­ity opened its doors in stages in Oc­to­ber 2015.

“The Shah Alam Hos­pi­tal, which has been long awaited by the peo­ple here, has now been com­pleted and is op­er­at­ing at a level it is sup­posed to,” Sul­tan Shara­fud­din said.

The Sul­tan added that peo­ple in the area no longer have to rely on the Tengku Am­puan Rahimah Hos­pi­tal in Klang or the Univer­siti Malaya Med­i­cal Cen­tre in Pe­tal­ing Jaya.

Mean­while, Health Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr S. Subra­ma­niam said the hos­pi­tal is now a ma­jor spe­cial­ist cen­tre and had re­ceived 45,456 pa­tients seek­ing spe­cial­ist treat­ment from Jan­uary to Septem­ber.

Sul­tan Shara­fud­din sign­ing a plaque to of­fi­ci­ate the Shah Alam Hos­pi­tal as Subra­ma­niam looks on at the hos­pi­tal yes­ter­day.

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