RM5,000 for UTAR Hospital project from businessman

Tan (front row, left) receiving the mock cheque from Khoo (front row, right). — LIM BENG TATT/The Star

THE Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) Hospital in Kampar, Perak, received RM5,000 donation from a local businessman.

Khoo Soon Theam, 65, presented the contribution to Penang MCA chairman Datuk Tan Teik Cheng.

He said when he was younger, he did not have the financial capacity to contribute to a good cause as he had to raise his children.

“Now that my children are grown up and I have the financial means, I want to do my part to contribute to the UTAR Hospital fund.

“We should never forget our roots,” said Khoo, who is Kampung Juru Village Development and Security Committee (JPKK) chairman.

Presently, UTAR Hospital’s Traditional and Complementary Medicine Centre (TCM) has 100 beds and offers Chinese, ayurvedic and traditional Malay medicine.

The TCM medicine block, which began operations in April, has received over 9,000 patient visits as of September.

The Western medicine centre will have 250 beds and is expected to start operations by the first quarter of 2023.

It was reported that the hospital project in Perak costs RM330mil, with RM260mil raised as of October.

It will include facilities for out-patient and in-patient treatment, diagnostics and treatment, medical and non-medical support, research and education, as well as staff, student and administrative centres.

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