TAKE stern action against the contractors responsible for the delay in the completion of Hospital Sultan Ismail, urged Halim Suleiman (BN - Puteri Wangsa).
Halim said it did not seem like Hospital Sultan Ismail, better known as Hospital Pandan, would start operations by January next year as promised by Works Minister Datuk Seri Samy Vellu.
As the wakil rakyat of the area, Halim said he was constantly bombarded with complaints on the delay.
“If the hospital cannot operate by the end of January, the contractors must be punished,” he said.
He added that it was important for the hospital to begin operations as soon as possible as the population of Johor Baru had increased from 2.74 million in 2000 to 3.09 million.
On another matter, Halim called for Bandar Nusajaya, the state’s future administrative capital, to be named Pusat Pentadbiran Iskandariah or Bandar Iskandariah.
Naming the capital after the Johor Sultanate was a way of acknowledging their contributions to the people, as the first Sultan of Johor, Sultan Abu Bakar, was the one who founded Johor Baru and was known as Bapa Pembangunan Johor, he said.
At the same sitting, Wee Jeck Seng (BN - Pekan Nenas) asked that a strip of land used to house a high voltage transmission line in Kampung Parit Selangor-Parit Masjid, Pontian, to be returned to its owners.
“The transmission line has not been used for more than 12 years. So, it is fair that the land on which the line runs over be returned to the owners so that it can be developed,” said Wee.
State Information Committee chairman Samat Aripin said the state had an open attitude towards television broadcasting stations, which aired features on poor communities in the country.
“Government and private television stations are encouraged to bear social responsibility for public welfare and interest,” said Samat.
However, he said that all media practitioners were bound by the Printing Act 1984 and Official Secrets Act 1972, to ensure government secrets did not fall into the hands of unauthorised people.
Samat said the first task of a journalist was to report the truth and respect the right of the public to know the truth.