RANTAU: Pakatan Harapan candidate Dr Streram Sinnasamy says he did not claim there is no hospital in Rembau, only that the building is still not ready despite many years having passed since work on the project began.
This follows a comment by his election rival, Mohamad Hasan of Barisan Nasional, that Streram was wrong to say that there was no hospital project in Rembau.
Streram told FMT he only meant that the RM104 million hospital was still not functional. Streram, a medical doctor by profession, said: “Can they admit a patient to the hospital? Can they be referred to nurses, doctors or specialists? No. So, that is what I am talking about.”
Mohamad, better known as Tok Mat, was quoted last night as saying that Streram should do his homework before making unfounded claims.
“The Rembau Hospital is already finished. Go and see for yourself. The hospital is already done but the health ministry does not want to start operations because they want to use new equipment,” Mohamad said.
“If Streram said there is no hospital in Rembau, that means he is drunk (“mabuk”). Don’t say I am accusing him of being a drunk, that was just a joke, but he should know what he is talking about,” Mohamad said.
Streram was quoted as saying yesterday: “BN before this said they wanted to build a hospital in Rembau. They said this many times but until now nothing is ready.”
The 76-bed hospital was scheduled to be ready in the first quarter of this year but has been delayed by structural and design problems.
Health Minister Dzulkefly Ahmad has said that the federal government had to bear additional costs of RM8 million because of the delay.
Streram and Mohamad also traded verbal blows on the government health clinic in Rantau. Streram said the clinic could be expanded but Mohamad disagreed, saying there was no land.
Streram said, however, he was aware that land was already allocated in Bandar Ekar Rantau and questioned why Mohamad, a former menteri besar, was unable to find land.
He maintained that an expanded clinic would be the fastest way to ensure better health services here and he was confident he could get the project moving.
In the by-election on April 13, Streram and Mohamad are challenged by two independent candidates, Malar Rajaram and Mohd Nor Yassin.