SAPP: Liew's sad story can happen to anyone
KOTA KINABALU, 17 March, 2009: Following the evacuation and desertion of
the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) in last December, the people of Kota
Kinabalu are not only being deprived of a proper-and-fully-functional
general hospital, they are also likely to be deprived of the
basic-yet-crucial need of ‘psychological care', especially from family
members and friends, should they fall sick or had an accident that
requires admission to the nearest government hospital.
Highlighting this was the "leading crusader" of the Queen Elizabeth
Hospital (QEH) debacle – Chong Pit Fah, who is also the Information Chief
of Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP).
He cited the case of one resident from Telipok, Liew Kon Fatt as an
Liew, 44, lost one of his legs in an accident at his workplace last year
and is now paralyzed waist-down. Initially, he was admitted to the QEH for
physiotherapies treatment and received regular visits from family members
and friends which he considered a significant morale booster.
Unfortunately, such a visit had now becomes a luxury to him ever since he
was transferred from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) in last September,
to the Beaufort District Hospital due to the evacuation of QEH in stages
late last year.
This was because his family members and friends could no longer afford to
visit him regularly like before, due to the far distance involved which
will easily take them half a day if they were to travel all the way from
Kota Kinabalu to Beaufort to visit him.
His transfer to the Beaufort District Hospital was due to the fact that
there were no other government-run hospitals or clinics in Kota Kinabalu
that offer such facilities for physiotherapies.
To add on to his misfortune, Liew was also diagnosed with other illnesses
which are currently pending for medical operation.
His plight came to light during an unscheduled visit by the Sabah
Progressive Party (SAPP) delegation led its President Datuk Seri Panglima
Yong Teck Lee. Also in attendance were its Vice President Chin Hon Kiong,
Datuk Rashid Gador, Thomas Chong, its Information Chief, Chong Pit Fah,
Assistant Secretary, Foo Fook Ming, new member, Jaafar Ismail and
a few of its Beaufort Zone representatives.
The said visit was prompted by complaints from some concerned members of
the public while attending a religious function in Weston, last Sunday.
It was found out that there were many patients from Kota Kinabalu who were
transferred and admitted in the Beaufort District Hospital .
Saddened and upset by Liew's plight, Pit Fah thus questioned both the
Federal and State governments when exactly will the residents of Kota
Kinabalu get back a fully-equipped and functional general hospital.
"What will happen to the patients in this transition period? It is really
sad to learn that currently they are even being deprived of such a basic
need as care and comfort from family members," said Pit Fah.
He also noted that the remaining blocks of the QEH which are still
functioning are also in bad shape and to make things worse, there was no
generator set for power backup in the event of a power failure.
He thus described the ongoing QEH debacle as a reflection of gross
callousness on the part of the Barisan Nasional-led government.
Meanwhile, Pit Fah who is also SAPP Kepayan CLC Chairman maintained his
stand on the proposed conversion of the Wisma Khidmat into a general
hospital replacing the QEH that, such was a bad idea.
He especially urged the State government not to attempt to ‘bailout' the
long-abandoned building on the expense of QEH patients in particular, and
the people of Sabah as a whole.
Noting that the said proposal had became much a talk of the town since its
announcement recently, he urged all the other members of the State Cabinet
to properly-and-promptly advise the Chief Minister to immediately rectify
the ill-conceived proposal.
Pit Fah also expressed regret that among the scores of grand projects
outlined in the economic stimulus package, none were meant to resolve the
‘health crisis' currently affecting the people of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah as
He claimed that the people of Sabah are outraged with the fact that the
Government seems to have no qualms or whatsoever spending hundred of
millions of taxpayers' money to purchase the submarines and to compensate
the highway toll concessionaires but, can't afford to build the
much-needed hospital to save lives.