Proposal to make Johor a medical hub

Tunku Ismail (in black jacket) greeting a patient during his visit to Sultanah Aminah Hospital in Johor Baru.

JOHOR BARU: Tunku Mahkota Johor Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim plans to create a medical hub here by having more hospitals.

In a Facebook post, Tunku Ismail said he wants to build more hospitals to cater to the public as some in Johor were now overcrowded.

Earlier, Tunku Ismail paid a surprise visit to Sultanah Aminah Hospital (HSA) here where he made contributions to HSA as well as other hospitals in Kulai and Kota Tinggi.

He had earlier also visited the Larkin market here to get a clearer picture of the prices of goods that were on the rise, and see for himself the people’s plight. “I want to find ways to help the people by reducing the prices of goods such as eggs, fish, chicken, meat and other essential items,” he said on his official Facebook page.

He said state Environment and Agriculture Committee chairman Dr Sahruddin Jamal will monitor all hospitals and markets in Johor.

It was reported that Tunku Ismail said the Government should consider improving healthcare in the country, including pushing ahead with the public hospital in Pasir Gudang.

In a tweet, he said it was better to go ahead with the hospital in Pasir Gudang which the Government had postponed.

“Increase the healthcare budget for the state. All hospitals in Johor Baru, including in districts, need more beds and medical equipment. Just my humble opinion,” he tweeted.

The proposed 300-bed hospital, which is expected to cost RM500mil, was approved under the 11th Malaysia Plan, with a 20.23ha plot of land in Jalan Gunung in the Bandar Seri Alam township identified as the site.

The hospital project was a highly controversial one during GE14 as it was one of the issues raised by Pakatan Harapan, then the Opposition coalition.

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