UTAR hospital to be operational by 2021

Committed to the future: Heng (fourth from left) handing a mock cheque to UTAR council member Hew Fen Yee. Looking on are Ling (centre) with (from right) Dr Chuah, Ong and Ting.

KAMPAR: Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman’s (UTAR) new specialist training hospital is expected to be operational by the end of 2021, said Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan.

The MCA secretary-general and Tanjung Malim MP said the RM300mil hospital would be the first medical facility that offers a combination of conventional, traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic treatments.

“With the Government’s recognition, the hospital will not be a private facility but one that accepts everyone.

“It will also be a teaching hospital, where UTAR’s medical faculty students can put what they learn into practice,” he said after receiving a mock cheque of RM100,000 from Wanita MCA and the Malaysia Chinese Women Entrepreneurs Association here.

Earlier, Ong attended UTAR’s 26th convocation ceremony and presented scrolls to graduates on the first session of the ceremony.

Also present were guest of honour Datin Paduka Tan Siok Choo, UTAR chancellor Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik, UTAR Council chairman Tan Sri Ting Chew Peh, UTAR president Prof Datuk Dr Chuah Hean Teik.

Ong, who is International Trade and Industry Minister II, noted that patients who need specialists’ attention need not be referred to other states when the training hospital is ready.

“In the future, cases that need specialists’ attention could be treated at the UTAR hospital,” he said, adding that the hospital would be an important medical centre for the northern part of Peninsular Malaysia.

Ong also lauded Wanita MCA for taking the initiative to help raise funds for the hospital.

Dr Chuah said the ground-breaking ceremony for the hospital is expected to be held in the third quarter of the year.

“The training hospital will have 250 beds for conventional medicine and another 100 beds for traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic medicine,” he said.

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