JELI: The federal government under the Barisan Nasional (BN) has never abused opposition-ruled states, especially Kelantan, says Prime Minister Najib Razak.
He said as prime minister and head of government, he was not the kind to harbour vengeance against the people simply because BN did not govern in some states.
“As a leader, I must be fair to the people, whether they are BN supporters or otherwise. At least, I will receive merit in the hereafter, even if I don’t get the votes.
“Hopefully, with such efforts, we can develop our country,” he said when speaking at the ‘Leader with the Jeli People’ event and launch of the Jeli Hospital’s additional building here today.
Also present were International Trade and Industry Minister Mustapa Mohamed, Health Minister Dr S Subramaniam, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Senator Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki and State Federal Development Department (JPP) director Yahaya Mamat.
Najib said Malaysia continued to provide health services that were among the best in the world, with a high subsidy allocation each year.
“We spent RM22 billion (for public health care) this year but collected only RM700 million (to date)…a large subsidy allocation.
“For example, we only pay RM1 to obtain various kinds of medicine, while the fee to meet a specialist doctor is RM5 and a RM50 charge is imposed for delivery at a government hospital.
He said the people of Kelantan would continue to have the best health service when the Bachok and Kuala Krai hospitals were completed soon, making 10 districts in the state with their own hospital.
Meanwhile, the RM57 million additional building at the Jeli Hospital provides better, more modern and complete health facilities for the 47,000 residents in the district.
The building which was completed last year has an additional 10 beds, making the total number of beds at the hospital, 80.
There is also an increase in the number of wards from two to four; two operation theatres; treatment and diagnostic facility; pathology unit and blood bank; central sterile support unit; complete medical record with information communication and technology facility; and 80 additional public parking bays. Bernama