By S. Harrish
THE Petra Jaya Hospital is a “sick” project that was supposed to have been completed in 2016, and the Pakatan Harapan government in 2018 had to step in as it was bleeding money.
Former Stampin MP Julian Tan said SUPP chief Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian should tell the truth about the hospital and not mislead the public by blaming the PH federal government.
“PH did the very things that SUPP failed and will not have the guts to do. That is to put a stop to sick projects that had cost Sarawakians hundreds of millions of ringgit,” he said in a statement today.
He was responding to Dr Sim’s claims that should the Petra Jaya Hospital been completed by now, it will provide another 300 beds plus all the support facilities.
Tan quipped at least Dr Sim understood the consequences that Sarawakians have to go through due to the delay in completing the hospital.
“And we have only SUPP and GPS to blame.”
He said Dr Sim was the sole SUPP senator from 2014 to 2018 during the BN government.
According to an official statement and also the written reply received from the Parliament, Tan said the Petra Jaya hospital was initially scheduled for completion in November 2016 at a cost of RM378 million.
It was delayed to June 2017, with the cost increasing to RM495 million. But as of June 2017, the project was only 48% completed.
Tan said that according to the BN government benchmark in building a hospital, the 300 bed fully equipped Petra Jaya hospital should only cost around RM150 million.
Even after inflation and cost increases are accounted for, it should not be more than RM190 million.
At RM495 million, Tan said the people should be able to get two and not one 300 bed well-equipped hospitals.
“Even then, there will be more than RM100 million to spare. We will have more than enough to purchase state-of-the-art, latest medical equipment and facilities.”
Tan said DAP Sarawak had relentlessly raised concerns, especially when dealing with public health care issues in Sarawak.
“It’s all recorded in the Parliament ‘Hansard’ and media reports. My question to Dr Sim is why the deafening silence then from SUPP and GPS (BN)?
“Clearly Sarawakians have been severely short-changed due to SUPP’s failure in protecting Sarawakians’ interest.
“Stop using public healthcare and holding Sarawakians to ransom by promising overpriced hospitals that take forever to be completed.
“Perhaps, Dr Sim should heed his own advice and stop playing politics.”