SEREMBAN: Win or lose in the by-election, Pakatan Harapan vows that new government clinics in Rantau will still be built as planned.
Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye (pic) said the government clinics, which are slated to be built on a 2ha plot of land, will continue regardless of the results in the April 13 polls.
"Not too long ago, I visited Sendayan where there were many patients but the health facilities were lacking.
"So I went to Bandar Baru Sendayan, where there is 2ha of land that the Health Ministry has taken over and plans to build the clinics there," he said during a ceramah in Kuala Sawah near here on Friday (April 5).
"Either we win the by-election or not, it doesn't matter but we will do the needful for the rakyat's benefit," said Dr Lee.
The existing Rantau health clinic was also in need of upgrade as it did not have adequate clinical support facilities and patients often complained of cramped conditions, said Dr Lee.
Previously, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad had announced that the Rantau and Bandar Baru Sendayan government clinics will be built at a cost of RM35mil each on 2ha of land.
Dr Lee also took a swipe at Barisan Nasional candidate Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan, who is also three-term Rantau assemblyman, questioning the latter on his role in helping non-Malays.
"If he really wants to take care of the Chinese and the Indians then he should have left Umno because it is a racist party," he claimed.
In rallying support for Pakatan candidate Dr S. Streram, Dr Lee said that Umno cannot be allowed to win as this would make the embattled party stronger.
"Umno won in Cameron Highlands and Semenyih and now their voice is getting stronger.
"They think that this country belongs to Umno. Don't let them win in Rantau.
"If they win, Umno will heal. If they win, 'Bossku' will come back," he said, referring to the nickname adopted by former premier Datuk Seri Najib Razak.