Several projects in the state, including the Pasir Gudang Hospital in Bandar Seri Alam here, will be reviewed to reduce the country’s high debt
Johor Works, Infrastructures and Transport Executive Councillor Mazlan Bujang said the Finance Ministry issued letters asking for some projects to be reviewed due to the country’s alarming debt.
“The selected projects will be revised soon, especially the ones that are yet to receive the letter of acceptance,” said Mazlan at a press conference.
He added that the Pasir Gudang Hospital project would be reviewed in order to implement open tenders for the contractors.
“The move will help the Government save up to 10% of the project, which is worth RM500mil,” he said.
It was reported previously that the hospital will have 304 beds, 36 units of Quarters Class G, a nursing hostel and other supporting amenities.
The idea was initially mooted in 2014 to have two additional hospitals in Johor; one in Tampoi and the other in Pasir Gudang. The idea came about, to help reduce the high traffic and patients rate at both Hospital Sultanah Aminah (HSA) which is a few minutes away from Johor Bahru city centre and Hospital Sultan Ismail (HSI) which is located at the heavy traffic Tebrau area.
The hospital was expected to reduce and divert atleast 30% of the patients who visited HSA and HSI.
A 20.23ha land in Jalan Gunung in Bandar Seri Alam township was earmarked for the hospital which was meant to cater to the population in Pasir Gudang and its surrounding areas such as Masai, Plentong and Kong Kong which is around 400,000 people.