Friday June 22, 2012
Request for hospital to be upgraded
JOHOR BARU: Faulty and old facilities in Hospital Sultanah Aminah here need to be changed and updated to ensure that the people are provided with better service.
Chia Song Cheng (BN-Pengkalan Rinting) said that the facilities including broken down fans and air conditioning units and lack of wheelchairs.
“The hospital is the largest in the state and includes specialist clinics including eye clinics, skin clinics and orthopaedic clinics which are always overflowing with people.
“Unfortunately, the facilities at the hospital itself is not up to date with many patients not even having enough places to sit,” he said during the state assembly sitting here on Wednesday.
Chia said that other than that, the parking lot at the hospital was always full and one way to reduce the problem was by charging a nominal parking fee to visitors.
“The parking problem is mainly due to those working in Singapore who fill up the lots because it is free and commute using public transportation to the republic.
“One suggestion would be to implement a nominal fee to visitors and allow patients discounts when they present their parking coupons at the counter,” he said adding that the health ministry should quickly upgrade and manage the problems before it becomes worse.
Meanwhile, relating to tourist arrivals in the state, Cheong Chin Liang (BN-Bukit Batu) said that steps needed to be taken to reduce the number of “touch and go” tourists to the state.
Cheong said that although there was a reported 16.7mil tourists to the state last year, only 3.38mil stayed over in the state.
“The Johor government needs to think up of ways to convert these ‘touch and go’ tourists to tourists who stay and spend,” he said, adding that upcoming attractions such as Legoland and current popular spots such as Johor Premium Outlets need to be advertised so that more people are aware of it.