‘Dr Dzulkefly wrong on delay in hospital project’

Posted on : 08 Aug 2019  Source of News: The Borneo Post

Awang Tengah (third left) presenting a local Lawas product as memento to Abang Johari as others look on at the dinner.

LAWAS: It is wrong for federal Minister of Health Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad to attribute delays in the delivery of Lawas Hospital project to the late approval of the site by the Sarawak government.

In stating this, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said the federal minister was ignorant of the fact that the state government had gone out of its way to meet the request of Ministry of Health (MoH), obliging thrice until the ministry finally chose the current site.

“What the Health Minister alleged was not true. The state government did not take it away – the ministry decided to revert to the old hospital site and requested for land size to be expanded which we obliged again,” he said.

According to him, the Health Ministry first chose the site at the current Jakim Islamic Skills Training Centre at Jalan Trusan but changed its mind later and asked for an alternative site which the state government allocated at Banting before changing its decision again to build it at the old hospital site and requesting for additional land.

“We obliged in all the three occasions and allocated land to expand the size of the old site,” he said at the dinner to welcome Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg to Lawas on Monday night.

The site at Banting was later allocated by the state government for Centex Lawas Campus after MoH decided to use the old hospital site with the land size expanded as requested.

During his visit to Miri and Lawas last week Dr Zulkefly allegedly said that the site of the proposed Centex campus in Banting was taken back by the state government, which led to the delay in the Lawas Hospital project.

Awang Tengah recalled telling Minister of Works Baru Bian that the hospital should not be politicised and asking him to help push for implementation of the projects which were already in the final stage of being tendered out but was disrupted by the 14th general election.

Meanwhile, he urged the people of Lawas not be misled by the allegation of the federal minister, pointing out that he had told the Minister of Works to help push for speedy delivery of the hospital in the interests of the local community.

Among others present at the function were Awang Tengah’s wife Datuk Dayang Morliah Awang Daud; Minister of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah; Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah and Minister of Public Utilities Dato Sri Dr Stephen Rundi Utom.