By DAWN CHAN SUBANG JAYA firstname.lastname@example.org
SUBANG Jaya assemblyman Hannah Yeoh is urging the Health Ministry to give priority to the setting up of a government clinic in the township.
Yeoh said there should be no reason for the delay as there is an allocation under the Ninth Malaysia Plan and the Subang Jaya Municipal Council had identified a plot of land in USJ 1 for the construction of the clinic.
Without a government clinic in Subang Jaya, residents of Subang Jaya, Bandar Sunway and USJ are forced to seek medical treatment in government clinics as far as Kelana Jaya and Puchong.
Yeoh said in December 2009, the council had given permission to the Petaling district health department to build a government clinic and had allocated a plot of land measuring 0.3ha at USJ 1/33 in Taman Subang Permai.
However, Yeoh said the ministry refused to build it as it claimed it was not suitable during a site visit in early last year.
Seeing the urgency for a government clinic, Yeoh scouted for another site herself. She suggested that it was also feasible to acquire brand new shop lots in USJ 1 to set up the government clinic.
The ministry officers assured Yeoh that they would submit the suggestion but she has heard nothing from them till now.
During a dialogue with members of the Senior Citizens Club Subang Jaya and ministry officers last week, Yeoh said grouses were raised.
"The nearest government clinic to Subang Jaya is in Kelana Jaya.
"The club members complained about having to go there very early in the morning and waiting in a long queue. On top of that, there aren't enough chairs for them to sit while waiting.
"Because they are given medicines which will only last a month, they have to repeat the tedious process monthly. For Subang Jaya folk to have their own clinic makes sense," she said.
After the dialogue concluded, Yeoh, along with ministry officers, visited the USJ1 site and she was promised that a push would be given for the government clinic to materialise.
"Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai should know that Selangor folk are also tax payers and they contribute RM16 billion to the Federal Government's revenue.
"They have a right to a government clinic and they ought to benefit from the services.
"Having Subang Jaya folk travel to Kelana Jaya to seek medical treatment only adds on to the number of patients there.
"In Subang Jaya, a plot of land has already been identified. If it is small, then just build a small clinic with basic facilities.
"I hope the focus will not be too much on the infrastructure aspect but on providing service to the people, which should be paramount. We do not need a state-of-the-art government clinic," she said.
The government clinic, added Yeoh, is to benefit senior citizens, urban poor, single parents, students and those living below the poverty line. Over at the Angsana low-cost flats alone, Yeoh said there are 8,000 households.