SARAWAK now has five 1Malaysia clinics with Sibu being the only town with two such clinics.
One is in Teku, which was set up in January, and the latest one is in Sungai Bidut.
The other three clinics are in Kuching, Miri and Bintulu.
“The latest 1Malaysia clinic will serve more than 20,000 people from the Chinese, Iban and Malay communities in Sibu, Sungai Bidut, Bawang Assan and Melanggan,” said Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh during its official launch yesterday.
Wong, who is Bawang Assan assemblyman, said the clinic’s launch on Malaysia Day was historical and meaningful.
“It is in line with the 1Malaysia concept. It represents the unity of all races regardless of religious or cultural backgrounds,” said Wong, adding that it also signified goodwill, tolerance and acceptance of one another in a multi-racial society.
Wong said, under the 10th Malaysia Plan, the state would build full-fledged district clinics in Sungai Bidut, Kemuyang and Sibu Jaya.
The Sibu Jaya clinic had been approved at a cost of RM30mil, he added.
Opening hours for the Sungai Bidut 1Malaysia clinic is 9am to 9pm daily. It is manned by two assistant medical officers and two staff nurses.
The clinic charges RM1 for registration while the medical service and medicine is provided free.