Pending rep urged to ‘do good deed’ by donating at least 50 microwaves to SGH

Combo pic of Dr Sim (left) and Yong in today's DUS sitting.

By Ling Hui

KUCHING, May 14: Pending assemblywoman Violet Yong has been called out to emulate the good deeds of the Lion’s club and donate at least 50 microwaves to Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) in addressing its microwave shortage issue.

Minister of Public Health, Housing and Local Government Datuk Amar Dr Sim Kui Hian said this in the Sarawak Legislative Assembly (DUS) today, responding to Yong’s statement last Wednesday (May 8), raising concerns over the alleged issue whereby only halal food is allowed in the microwave of SGH’s palliative ward.

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Dr Sim said the healthcare in Malaysia, especially Sarawak, is severely underfunded, and SGH, similar to the Sarawak Heart Centre, is a community hospital.

“In April this year, together with the Lion’s club we donated 28 units of microwaves to the Sarawak Heart Centre. Sarawak General Hospital is four times bigger than Sarawak Heart Centre.

“Since Member for Pending has told this august House that she is willing to help, perhaps she can emulate such a good deed like the Lion’s club by donating at least 50 units of microwave to SGH, with some to be used for halal food,” he said.

Dr Sim, who is also Sarawak Deputy Premier, said everyone plays a role and should do their part in helping the hospitals even though healthcare is under the jurisdiction of the Federal government. — DayakDaily

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