IPOH is set to have its very own teaching hospital in Meru Raya in three years time.
Part of the RM1.2bil Qi City development, the teaching hospital is set to have 840 beds.
Qi Group Executive Chairman Datuk Seri Vijay Eswaran said the project, which is modelled on University Hospital (now known as University of Malaya Medical Centre) in Petaling Jaya, will allocate sections for private and public entities.
“We actually observed and studied their model and we feel it is workable and efficient.
“Our group has started talking to Universiti Malaya for cooperation with regards to this teaching hospital.
“This is part of our strategy to develop Perak as a medical tourism centre,” Vijay said after the ground-breaking ceremony at the project’s development site in Bandar Meru Raya, Ipoh
Green Venture Capital (GVC), a subsidiary of Wawasan Qi Properties Group (WQIP) marked the commencement of development with a groundbreaking ceremony.
Spread across 26 acres, the Qi City project is a mixed residential and commercial edu-city development and is said to be the first of its kind integrated education hub in the country.
Vijay said, nestled in a township fast becoming known as “The New Heartbeat of Ipoh”, the Qi City developmentis set to be a catalyst that will boost the state’s appeal as an investment destination of choice.
The development is expected to contribute significantly to the state’s gross domestic product.
The development also includes the Quest International University Perak (QIUP) campus, three condominium blocks with a total of 768 units, retail outlets, a convention centre to cater for up to 1,500 people, and 460 hotel suites.
The ground-breaking ceremony was officiated by Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir, Vijay, GVC Chairman Tan Sri Megat Najmuddin Megat Khas, GVC CEO Chandragesan Suppiah and Chairman of the Board of China Energy Hua Ren Industrial Investment Co Ltd (CEHR) Wang Wei.
CEHR is a China based company that will be leading the construction of the project.
Speaking at the ceremony, Chandragesan said, the Qi City development is poised to be a catalyst for job creation, smart living in the state.
He said this is achieved through developing a sustainable economic eco-system to perfectly complement the state government’s initiatives in transforming Bandar Meru Raya into a thriving economic hub.
“With an estimated 10,000 student population at the university and over 1,000 employees at the hospital, this development itself will create and accelerate opportunities for commercial growth, viable investments and employment opportunities that will undoubtedly have a spill-over effects for the state,” he noted.
Chandragesan elaborated that the external infrastructure of the city of Ipoh has matured and developed into one that demands a space for business, education, retail, hospitality as well as modern residences.
“There is a demand for a lifestyle mall. As such, we will have a food and beverage centric retail mall.
“And with the number of students we will have, we are also providing a digital space within this mall which I believe will be a first of its kind in Perak.”
Vijay expressed his appreciation to the state government and said the company is honoured to be partners with the state government in not only growing its vision for the state of Perak but being able through the project to have a transformative impact on the economy of this state.
Zambry said the state government welcomes of such projects as it is in line with realizing the state’s five-year vision.
“The Northern Corridor is poised for tremendous growth and projects such as the Qi City development are key enablers in providing job opportunities as well as encouraging the transfer of skills and expertise.
“The state office has been involved from the very beginning and has worked closely with the developers in setting the fundamentals for this mixed development.
“Projects such as this are directly aligned to the state’s aspiration of driving domestic economy and developing Perak into a global hub,” he said.