PUTRAJAYA: Health Minister Dzulkelfy Ahmad says his ministry is not aware of any plan to build a hospital in Semenyih, following a promise by Pakatan Harapan candidate Muhammad Aiman Zainali that he will propose for a hospital to be built there if he wins the upcoming by-election.
Dzulkelfy said building a hospital was different from building any other premises.
“Anyone can make a promise but we expect the promise to be reasonable because to build a hospital involves a number of things.
“He can suggest whatever he wants but eventually, the health ministry will have to look into the proposal in terms of the needs of the area, the crowds and so on.
“It will be more practical if we discuss clinics,” he told reporters after attending a Chinese New Year event here today.
Dzulkelfy said he had not discussed the matter with his deputy but that they were open to suggestions.
Aiman had said he would propose that a hospital be built in Semenyih if he wins the by-election on March 2, after several of his constituents raised the matter.
On another matter, Dzulkefly said he had met representatives of the Mawar Medical Centre in Seremban and taken their views into account following the government’s decision to shut it down.
He said he was aware of the difficulties faced by dialysis patients in particular and hoped that the issue could be resolved soon.
“It has always been our priority to ensure better treatment for patients.
“I am hoping these issues won’t be politicised as we have tried to do everything possible,” he said.
He also said that no action would be taken against a private hospital in Sungai Petani, Kedah, following its “racist” advertisement which went viral on social media yesterday.
“The hospital has issued a letter of apology and I hope it will not happen again,” Dzulkefly said.