Northern region’s first shariah-compliant hospital to be in Bayan Baru

MAINPP president Abdul Malik Kassim (right, in white) and YIPP chairman Mansor Othman exchanging documents on land lease for the first shariah-based hospital in Bayan Baru, expected to be completed in 2022.

GEORGE TOWN: After a three-year delay, construction of the northern region’s first shariah-compliant hospital is expected to be completed by 2022.

The Penang Islamic Foundation (YIPP), owners of the Penang Islamic Hospital, today said the RM250 million project will kick off next week at Bayan Baru, with all approvals obtained from federal and state levels.

The construction was earlier delayed due to funding and approval issues.

YIPP chairman Mansor Othman told reporters the 200-bed, 15-storey hospital will have 20 beds dedicated to the underprivileged and will be as good as a “fully functioning private hospital”.

He also said the hospital will be operated by Hospital Pakar An-Nur Hasanah Sdn Bhd, which operates a similar hospital in Bangi, Selangor.

The hospital, located at the intersection of Jalan Mayang Pasir 1 and Jalan Mayang Pasir 2 in Bayan Baru, will also include a seven-storey car park with 600 parking bays and is expected to employ 1,000 people.

The hospital land is owned by the Penang Islamic Religious Council (MAINPP) and has been leased to YIPP for 66 years until 2085.