KPJ ready to help foreign parties in healthcare services

  • Business
  • Thursday, 23 Jan 2003

BY ZAZALI MUSA in Johor Baru

KPJ Healthcare Bhd is prepared to lend its expertise in private healthcare services to interested parties outside the country. 

Its chairman Tan Sri Muhammad Ali Hashim said the company was in a strong position to assist and advise foreign private healthcare providers on to how to improve their services. 

He said several companies from China and the Middle East had expressed keen interest to work closely with KPJ in private healthcare-related matters. 

“We are always looking for business opportunities locally and internationally, and consultation is one of the fields we could venture into,” Ali said yesterday after the “Islamic Business Ethics” talk jointly organised by the Johor Islamic Chamber of Commerce (JICC) and Bank Muamalat Bhd. 

Ali, who is also the JICC president, said the company had no immediate plan to set up new hospitals outside Malaysia but would further strengthen its position in the country. 

Hospitals in the KPJ stable are Johor Specialist, Johor Baru Puteri Specialist, Kuala Lumpur Tawakal, Ipoh Specialist, Kuantan Specialist, Kedah Medical Centre, Ampang Puteri Specialist, Damansara Specialist, Pasir Gudang Penawar Hospital and Kota Bahru Perdana Specialist. And it is opening three new hospitals this and next year in Kuching, Muar and Seremban. 

KPJ’s parent company, Kumpulan Perubatan (Johor) Sdn Bhd, has two hospitals in Indonesia – Rumah Sakit Selasih and Rumah Sakit Jasa Medika in Padang and Jakarta respectively. 

Ali said the Middle East offered a good opportunity for KPJ to expand its services and that it might take up equity stakes in private healthcare providers in that region.”But we are not into building hospitals as that will be taken care of by other parties; we are more into medical equipment, day-to-day management and staffing,” he added.  

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