PUTRAJAYA: Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) Hospital can provide specialist care for patients at an affordable cost as it is a not-for-profit hospital, says Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon.
He added as a teaching hospital, UTAR Hospital, offers another avenue for research as well.
“It is a good cause for humanity,” he said at a press conference here yesterday on MCA’s fundraising efforts for UTAR Hospital.
He said the cost of phase one of the hospital construction was RM330mil.
Dr Mah, who is also MCA deputy president, said the party will raise funds through two methods which comprise donation efforts where it hopes to collect RM3.45mil.
The second method is through the sale of “Golden Brick” coupons, where MCA aims to collect RM40mil in six months, Dr Mah added.
“Donors can also donate medical equipment,” he said, and urged individuals and non-governmental organisations to come forward with donations.
He said the teaching hospital also offers traditional medicine courses, such as traditional Chinese, ayurveda and traditional Malay medicine.
“The block which offers these traditional medicine courses is expected to be ready to operate starting from February onwards, while the other blocks will take a few more months to a year to be ready,” Dr Mah said, adding that the hospital will operate in phases.
The hospital is expected to provide 250 beds catering to modern medicine and 100 beds for traditional medical treatment.
A total of 250 beds for modern medicine treatment will be added later on, he added.
Dr Mah said the national level MCA Fundraising for UTAR Hospital will be officially launched tomorrow at the UTAR Kampar Campus by MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.