SMC purchase only temporary to overcome health
5 May 2009:
SAPP Wanita Chief Melanie Chia said the move to purchase SMC is
good temporarily to the people here, in particular, all over Sabah who had
been deprived of such needy services after the Queen Elizabeth
Hospital (QEH) main tower block was found to be unsafe for
occupation since late last year.
"However, the purchase is only an interim solution to a much bigger
problems. Sabah still needed a new general hospital apart of the
construction of a twin tower to replace the main tower block of the
QEH," said Chia who is also Luyang Assembywoman in a statement
responding to Najib's announcement, today.
Chia said that the take over must be done as soon as possible
because it would incur more cost to the Government the longer it
takes to complete the purchase.
She said the whopping RM70 million a year, just to relocate the QEH
patients and 'outsource' health care services, as a short-term
measure to deal with the crisis as revealed by Chief Minister Datuk
Seri Musa Aman recently showed the needs to come up with an
effective solution to the crisis.
On the long-term measure to resolve the health care services issue
as mentioned by the Chief Minister, that is to proceed with the
construction of the 'twin towers' at the premises of QEH under the
10th Malaysia Plan (2011 – 2015), to provide for 661 beds, Chia
contended that it is just too slow a solution to deal with the
"The Chief Minister also failed to mention whether such a plan would
take place at the beginning or the end of the 10th Malaysia Plan, as
well as the actual time needed to complete the 'twin towers'," she
She stressed that the construction of the twin towers should be
carried out immediately in order to resolve the ongoing health care
In announcing the SMC take over, Najib said he wanted the Ministry
of Health to speed up the purchase process.
"We have approved the purchase of SMC by the Health Ministry at a
very reasonable price of about RM245 million and, with a little
addition, we can make improvements," he said at a meet-the-people
session at Padang Merdeka here today.
Najib was also quoted as saying that the purchase of SMC was
appropriate in view that it would take time to build a new hospital.
"We hope Najib in upholding the 1Malaysia concept - People First;
Performance now - will also look into our energy supply problem as
well as to reject the proposal to build a coal-fired power plant
anywhere in the State," Chia said.
She said Sabah have been facing never ending power failures and the
East Coast areas are the most hit but all measures to overcome is
unable to solve the problem.
As such, the Federal Government should consider supplying Sabah
energy from Bakun dam or Murum dam in Sarawak instead of Indonesia
or Brunei as had been reported.
She said supply either from Bakun or Murum could solve energy
inadequecy in the State via the East-West grid system, which have
According to her, Najib should also heed the call of the people to
scrap the proposal to build a coal-fired power plant in Sabah as it
could bring more misery than good things.
Chia said such plant could damage the environment and eco-system
apart from exposing the people to illness.
Sabah Cabinet had in April 2008 rejected the proposed RM1.3bil coal
powered plant being undertaken by Sabah Electricity Sdn. Bhd. (SESB),
a subsidiary of Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB), on environmental