PUTRAJAYA: When operational, the Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) Hospital in Perak will be a research centre besides training healthcare students, says Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon.
Being a research centre would improve medical education for the country, he said.
Mah, who is also MCA’s UTAR fund-raising committee chairman, estimates that RM330mil is needed to build the hospital in Kampar.
“I urge all groups to set aside our political and cultural differences. Together, let’s ensure this hospital can be built soon for the benefit of everyone, ” he said at the Education Ministry yesterday.
Mah noted that 620 medical professionals had been produced since UTAR launched its Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences in 2009.
“All graduates enrolled in UTAR’s medical sciences programmes had since been recruited into government hospitals, thereby injecting new impetus in our nation’s public healthcare system, ” he said.
MCA will raise funds for UTAR Hospital through the sale of “Golden Brick” coupons, charity sales and charity events.
Mah said MCA state liaison committees, divisions and branches across the country would be mobilised to organise fund-raising campaigns for the hospital.
He also urged corporations and businesses to step forward to help fund the construction or donate items such as hospital beds and ambulances.
“In return, the corporate donor may have wards or operating theaters named after them, ” he said.
The first phase of the hospital will have 250 beds for western medicine and a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and Ayurvedic medicine building with 100 beds.
It is expected to be completed in August or September this year.
The second phase, with 250 beds, will house western medicine facilities and is expected to be completed in mid-2022.
Located within UTAR’s Kampar campus, the hospital is set to be a not-for-profit institution.
It is expected to be fully operational in 2022 in conjunction with UTAR’s 20th anniversary.
Members of the public can donate to the UTAR Hospital construction via online transfers or bank in cheques to the UTAR Education Foundation’s Public Bank account (31-7111-5615).
For a tax exemption receipt to be issued, donors need to email their particulars and a copy of the transfer slip to email@example.com.