DAP lawmakers want speedy probe on hospital tragedy

Lim Kit SiangKUALA LUMPUR: DAP lawmakers today urged for a speedy investigation into the fire that claimed the lives of six patients and seriously injured several others at the Sultanah Amanah Hospital in Johor Baru today.

DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang while sending his condolences to the victims’ families, said such incidences should not have taken place at any hospital, especially one owned by the government.

“The most basic maintenance and infrastructure should have been observed.

“We are demanding for a full and speedy investigation as this is an indication of the breaking down of various systems in this country,” the Gelang Patah MP told a press conference at the Parliament lobby here today.

He gave Health Minister Dr S Subramaniam a deadline to provide the public with a full report on the incident.

“If the minister does not give the full report by tomorrow, I will submit a request to have him explain the situation during the ministerial question time.”

Kulai MP Teo Nie Ching echoed Lim, requesting for information over several matters, including the last time a thorough inspection was done on the hospital, and its last fire drill exercise.

“I hope the health ministry can come out with a full report as soon as possible.

“This is a hospital which was said to have needed an urgent upgrade.”

Johor Fire and Rescue Department director Othman Abdullah had said that the six patients who died were among seven critically ill patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), which is where the fire had started shortly before 9am.

He said the seven were dependent on ventilators and could not be moved without their beds.

The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.