No way Sri Aman hospital can be ready by next year, Sarawak DAP leader says

BY SULOK TAWIE
File picture showing Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak looking at hospital floor plans on display during the ground breaking ceremony for the Sri Aman Hospital in Sarawak, February 27, 2015. — Bernama pic

KUCHING, March 13 — The Sri Aman hospital is unlikely to be completed by the rescheduled date next year despite promises made by Barisan Nasional since 2011, an opposition leader has said.

“After two ground breaking ceremonies performed to mark the construction of the hospital, all you see is some unfinished piling work at the proposed site,” State DAP vice chairman Leon Jimat Donald.

He said the 108-bed hospital costing RM150 million, down from the original RM200 million, was initially scheduled for completion in October 2016 and the new date is October 2018.

“With about 18 months more to go, from now, I doubt whether it can be completed on time,” he told Malay Mail Online.

He said he was informed that piling work has stopped due to some technical problems.

When contacted by Malay Mail Online, Sarawak Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian, who holds a watching brief for the federal Health Ministry, is unable to explain the delay.

Meanwhile, Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS Baru) president Cobbold John Lusoi urged the state government to step in if the federal government is unable to provide allocations to complete the construction of the hospital.

“It is rather ridiculous for the people of Sri Aman and the surrounding districts to wait so long for better medical facilities,” he said, adding that other towns in Sarawak are also facing the same problems.

The new Sri Aman hospital was one of the projects announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak back in 2011.

On another visit to Sri Aman on February 27, 2015, Najib had assured that the new hospital, when completed, would be equipped with modern facilities including surgery, haemodialysis and radiotherapy.

He had said that the hospital project would continue as the government had spent about RM12 million on land acquisition, clearing and filling works.