Buying SMC won’t solve problems: SAPP
KOTA KINABALU, May 6, 2009: It is more worthwhile for the Government
to build a new and bigger general hospital here than buying the
existing Sabah Medical Centre (SMC) as a long-term solution to the
seemingly unending medical service and facility problems in Sabah,
particularly in the State Capital.
Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) senior leader Datuk David Chong Ket
Sui, in making the suggestion yesterday, said that buying the SMC
would not solve the problems and left that it is only a waste of the
“Several years ago, the Government bought the former SMC building in
Likas with aim of improving the medical services and facilities but
the problems become worse after the QEH main tower block was
declared unsafe at the end of last year,’ he lamented yesterday.
David reckoned that Sabah, in particular the State Capital, needs a
bigger and comprehensive general hospital that caters for the ever
growing population and increasing number of patients seeking medical
David said the existing QEH was built a comprehensive general
hospital here since Sabah gained independence in 1963.
“As such, the time has come for the Central Government to give
priority on Sabah’s need for better health care and medical services
and build a bigger and comprehensive general hospital in Kota
“Buying the SMC building is not a practical approach because after
two or three years, the same problems will surface again and by then
the Government still thinking about buying another building which is
a waste o taxpayers’ money only. We need a new, bigger and
comprehensive general hospital to ensure a lasting solution to our
health care and medical service problems once and for all,” he said.
He said that after the QEH’s main tower block was declared unsafe
six months ago, patients were moved or referred to the hospitals in
other district for treatment, thus causing a great deal of hardship
not only to the patients but also their family members.
“This is a torture for Malaysians in Sabah lacking in medical
hospitals are still lacking in medical staff and facilities to treat
the patients,” he lamented.
On an unrelated issue, David, who is Supreme Council member of SAPP,
urged the Prime Minister in particular the Malaysian Anti-Corruption
Commission, to investigate a recent allegation made by Liberal
Democratic Party (LDP) Datuk Chin Su Phin against the State Cabinet
“I believe the LDP leader concerned would not have made such
allegations of abuse of power and corruption in the newspapers, if
they don’t have sufficient evidence or proof,” he said, adding a
thorough investigation is crucial to determine whether there is any
truth to the allegations.
“If the allegations are found to be baseless, then what kind of
action should be taken against the LDP and its leader who raised the
Recently, Chin also urged that the Prime Minister should act firmly
against leaders who have been implicated in any corrupt practices,
misused their powers or those who were found incompetent in
discharging their responsibilities.
In this regard, Chin urged Najib to also exercise his power and act
firmly in strengthening all the BN-led State Governments in the
country, including Sabah.
THE BORNEO POST
Wednesday, May 6, 2009