PETALING JAYA: Nik Aziz Afiq Abdul, the PSM candidate for the Semenyih by-election, has welcomed the health minister’s proposal to build a third health clinic there but will still push for a hospital if he wins on Saturday.
Nik Aziz, a traditional massage business operator, thanked Health Minister Dzulkefly Ahmad for “caving in to the pressure” of those in Semenyih who wanted better healthcare.
“If I win, I will meet with the health minister within the first week to explain to him the need for a public hospital,” he told FMT while on his campaign trail today.
Dzulkefly had last night proposed a third health clinic for Semenyih and for the facilities at the two existing clinics, at Semenyih town and Beranang, to be upgraded.
He also said the facilities at Kajang hospital, which is nearest to Semenyih, would be improved.
A new women’s and children’s clinic would also be built 800m from the hospital, Dzulkefly said.
Nik Aziz’s seven-point manifesto for the Semenyih by-election focuses on better healthcare, including having a new hospital.
This is partly because the Kajang hospital and the two other hospitals nearby, in Serdang and Seremban, are too congested.
“The senior citizens are the ones who suffer the most because many have to take public transportation to get medical care but our bus services here are not punctual,” he had said earlier.
Selangor Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari has since said the state government was prepared to cooperate with Putrajaya if there was any plan for a hospital in Semenyih, adding that there were sufficient funds for this.
Early voting was held today for the by-election, which sees a four-cornered fight between Nik Afiq, PPBM’s Muhammad Aiman Zainali, Umno’s Zakaria Hanafi and independent candidate Kuan Chee Heng, also known as the “10-sen-man”.
The by-election is being held following the death of incumbent Bakhtiar Mohd Nor of PPBM on Jan 11 from a heart attack.