PENDANG: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak laid the foundation stone as a symbol for the commencement of construction work on the Pendang Hospital project in Kampung Manggol Pauh here.
Construction of the 9ha hospital will begin next month, some 10 years after the project was first mooted.
“We have appointed a contractor and work will begin on May 7, two days before polling day.
“To the residents of Pendang, after this much awaited announcement, I believe you can see with your own eyes that we will deliver what we have promised,” he said at a “Meet The Rakyat” event yesterday.
Najib denied that the announcement was a “political project”; rather it was one that was finalised after much thought for the benefit of the people of Kedah.
The four-storey, partially-specialist hospital costs RM210mil and is due for completion in November 2021.
It will provide inpatient and outpatient services, including for accidents and emergencies, medical and surgical care on top of 13 specialist clinics and two operating theatres.
Seri Libana PPC JV Sdn Bhd is the contractor.
Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya, who was present at the event, said feedback from the people of Pendang had been taken into account before the project was finalised.
“We increased the proposed number of beds to 126, with the option to increase these up to 250 beds in the future.
“It will also help supplement the Alor Setar Hospital, which is about 30 minutes away,” he added.
Earlier, at the ground-breaking ceremony of Perumahan Penjawat Awam 1Malaysia (PPA1M) Bukit Pinang, Najib said Barisan Nasional component parties were always “on the same page” when it came to implementing policies.
On the other hand, Pakatan Harapan had an unrealistic manifesto, he said.
“Talk is cheap. Days before they launched their manifesto, their leader admitted in a Singapore daily that not everything listed in their manifesto can be delivered.
“There is already a clash of ideologies between them, which will lead to their manifesto becoming a ‘paper’ promise, with no way to translate their own aspirations into reality,” he said.
On the other hand, Najib said Barisan’s policies were meticulously planned.
Last Thursday, Bursa Malaysia closed at an all-time high of 1,895.18 points.
“This happened not on its own, but through government policies that were implemented with full agreement among our component parties,” Najib said.
He added that the united front showed by the Barisan government was the reason why foreign investors had high confidence in Malaysia.
“It’s not easy to bring these investorgs in. They would do their own studies in advance and decide whether to invest or not.
“The fact that they do is a huge acknowledgement of our abilities and strengths,” Najib said.
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