Borneo Post Online, by Yunus Yussop. Posted on April 14, 2011, Thursday
FUTURE EXPANSION: Taib (second left) giving his opinion on the future expansion of the hospital.
BINTULU: Health care services in the state will be further enhanced through the development of private hospitals to complement services provided by government hospitals.
Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said this is to meet the growing needs of the people, particularly those who require treatment from specialists.
He said this last Tuesday night when officiating at the opening ceremony of Columbia Asia Hospital, Bintulu which was built at a cost of approximately RM10million at Tanjung Kidurong, a project by ASSAR BDA (Development) Sdn Bhd.
At the same time, Taib requested BDA to reserve the land adjacent to the existing Columbia Asia Hospital Bintulu for its future expansion and upgrading of facilities.
“Whether Columbia Asia is planning to open branches in Samalaju, it is conceivable in 10 years from now,” said Taib, who is also BDA Chairman.
He thus hoped the hospital would be able to provide more types of medical services to the people in Bintulu.
The private medical centre is equipped with Operation Theatre facilities, 19 beds for patients including a children’s ward and was operational since February last year.
ASSAR BDA (Development) Sdn Bhd is a joint venture between Permodalan ASSAR Sdn Bhd (PASB) and BDA whereby PASB and BDA holds 60 and 40 per cent respectively, as owners of the building.
Hospital operation is conducted entirely by the Columbia Asia Group of Companies.
Among those present at the function were CM’s wife Puan Sri Ragad Kurdi Taib, Permodalan ASSAR Sdn Bhd Chairman Tan Sri Datuk Amar Bujang Mohd Nor, ASSAR BDA (Development) Sdn Bhd Director cum General Manager of Permodalan ASSAR Sdn Bhd Ghazali Ismail, Amanah Saham Sarawak Berhad CEO Pn Norlia Madon, BDA General Manager Datu Mohidin Ishak and Bintulu Resident Ismail Mohd Hanis.