RESIDENTS in Subang Jaya have reason to rejoice – the constituency is set to see its long-awaited government clinic operational by 2024.
In a press conference at his office in Puchong, Subang MP Wong Chen announced that the application would be tabled by the Health Ministry in 2020 under the 12th Malaysia Plan, Rolling Plan 1.
“The construction of the klinik kesihatan is expected to start in 2022 and be operational by 2024. I hope to push for it to be expedited in Parliament.
“When completed, it will cater to 50,000 patients. The cost is expected to be RM35mil,” he said.
In 2008, the then Subang Jaya assemblyman Hannah Yeoh started the application for the clinic. The estimated cost back then was RM20mil, Wong said.
Also at the press conference was Subang Jaya assemblyman Michelle Ng, who said Klinik Kesihatan USJ 1 would be a Klinik Kesihatan Jenis 3 Manjoi (high rise), with a land area covering 17,150sq m.
Ng said there would be facilities for treatments such as maternal and paediatric care, rehabilitation therapy, outpatient medical care, pharmaceutical support services, diagnostic imaging, dentistry and emergency care.
The closest government clinics for Subang Jaya residents are in Kelana Jaya and Puchong.
Explaining the need for such a clinic in the satellite town, Ng said the population in 2015 was 174,494 and it is projected to increase to 293,209 in 2035 with those between the ages of 50 and 54 increasing the most at 82,000. Hence, a government clinic is much needed,” she said.
Wong has doggedly followed up with the government on the status of the application since 2014. In October 2016, he sent out 16 letters to the Education Ministry requesting for the land earmarked for the clinic to be transferred to the Health Ministry.
In March this year, when he followed up the matter with Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye, he was informed that the application was not on the waiting list.
In April, Ng and Wong’s representative went to the Selangor Health Department and as a result, obtained a letter from the department about the status of the application and details of the clinic that would be built.
When asked why it took more than a decade for the application to be approved, Wong said, “The political situation was different previously, there was a lack of political will.”