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Friday April 6, 2012

Two new clinics for Subang

TWO public healthcare facilities — a 1Malaysia Clinic and a health clinic — will soon be provided in USJ 1, Subang Jaya.

Kelana Jaya parliamentary co-ordinator and Kelana Jaya MCA chairman Ong Chong Swen announced the good news to residents in a briefing session at Kelana Jaya MCA service centre recently.

“In November last year, we applied for a 1Malaysia Clinic in USJ 1 and received approval from the district health office in February this year.

“The application was submitted when we finally found a suitable lot in USJ 1, after failing to find a suitable place in SS13 and SS19,” she said.

She added that renovation works would commence as soon as the allocation of RM200,000 is received.

Ready to serve: Ong (third from left) briefing the residents on the two new public healthcare facilities in Subang Jaya. On her left is Kelana Jaya MCA Youth chairman Lee You Hin.

As for the health clinic, Ong said a 2.02ha plot of land at USJ 1/32 had been identified as a suitable site.

“Senior deputy health director (development) Datuk Jagjit Singh and officers from the Health Ministry inspected the land two weeks ago.

“The land is reserved for a school so the Health Ministry has to apply for the land from the Education Ministry. We are expecting good news soon,” she said.

Ong said that Kelana Jaya MCA Youth chairman Lee You Hin and district health officers were tasked with the responsibility of locating a suitable piece of land for the health clinic, but only a 0.29ha plot in USJ 1 was provided after several discussions with the local council.

“The Health Ministry needs 1.62ha of land to build a clinic for 500 people,” she said, adding that an allocation of RM30mil has been provided for the health clinic under the 10th Malaysia Plan.

Ong told the residents that there were currently three government clinics in the Kelana Jaya parliamentary constituency, namely the Kelana Jaya Health Clinic in SS6, Kampung Lindungan 1Malaysia Clinic in PJS6A and Lembah Subang 1Malaysia Clinic in Taman Putra Damai, Petaling Jaya.

“All three clinics are located in the Seri Setia state constituency, and the Kelana Jaya MCA has been actively requesting for healthcare facilities to be provided in Subang Jaya since June 2009.

“We submitted a memorandum to Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai during the annual general meeting in June 2009, and received his support and consent in September.

Residents in Subang Jaya have been asking for a government clinic in their township as it is a hassle, especially for the elderly, to get to the nearest one in Kelana Jaya.

Subang Jaya Residents Association chairman A.S. Gill, 60, said that Subang Jaya was home to a diverse community and there were many people who could not afford to go to private hospitals or clinics.

“If they needed to see a doctor urgently, it would take them too long to get to Kelana Jaya or Puchong,” he said.

He and about 50 other Subang Jaya residents gathered in Jalan USJ1/33 recently to call on the Federal Government to build the government clinic that was promised for Subang Jaya under the Ninth Malaysia Plan.

Subang Jaya assemblyman Hannah Yeoh said the Masjid Al-Falah in USJ 9 had teamed up with KPJ Healthcare Sdn Bhd to offer free healthcare to the poor but this responsibility should be taken up by the Government.

Meanwhile, Ong said the Kelana Jaya MCA division conducted free health checks every year.

“This year’s event will be held on April 15 and 21. Details will be announced later,” she said.

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