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Sarawak to lead integrated healthcare services with proposed medical hub

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The Malaysian state of Sarawak will be in the lead in terms of integrated healthcare services in the country with the proposed RM4-billion Integrated International Medical Hub (KIMhub), to be located near the Heart Centre in Kota Samarahan, said Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg.

The KIM hub is expected to be in operation in the next ten years.

“This is a huge project with a huge investment, estimated to be in the region of RM4 billion, which Sarawak appreciates. I came to understand that the KIMhub concept is a whole ecology system of what is required to create a sustainable medical hub in Sarawak.

“But since Sarawak has a small population to make the project viable, there is a need for us to look out of the box to ‘borrow’ or ‘import demand’ for our medical hub to ensure its economic viability,” Abang Johari said at the Agreement Signing ceremony between KHK Development (a local company) and Tianbei Heping Development of China.

According to Abang Johari, KIMhub will consist of universities, hospital, diagnosis facilities, colleges, nursing training centre, palliative care centres, and facilities for senior citizens who are interested to take up the ‘Malaysia My Second Home’ programme as well as other facilities such as hotel, supermarket and other amenities upon completion.

The Chief Minister’s text of speech was read by Minister of Local Government and Housing Datuk Dr Sim KuiHian.

The Chief Minister added that within KIM hub, training colleges for specialised nurses will be established to ensure adequate and continuous software and human support system.

“At the same time, healthcare facilities provided within KIM hub will not be confined to just Western medicine but also Eastern or alternative medicine. By offering these varieties, we will be an attractive place for retirement,” he emphasised.

Abang Johari also disclosed that Nankai University and Tianjin University were interested and were expected to set up a joint campus within the KIMhub, offering both Western and Eastern medical studies, while Shanghai Kay Zun Industrial Development Co Ltd which is renowned for its minimally invasive and micro-surgery techniques will be investing in and operating the main hospital.

“With proper collaboration, the hospital can be used for medical training purposes and sub-specialising purposes which will help to avoid brain drain. So if this endeavour is done correctly, instead of brain drain, KIMhub will attract more brains to Sarawak,” said the Chief Minister.

Abang Johari reiterated that research and development, much like the digital economy, is an industry which he hopes to be able to develop in tandem with the latter to build up a developed state which relies on knowledge and human capital rather than depleting natural resources.

“KIM hub, which will be located side by side with two representations of Sarawak’s pride – the Sarawak Heart Centre and the Tropical Peat Research Institute – and within the vicinity of our university, Unimas, more research collaboration may be initiated and conducted to ensure that Sarawak has an edge over other nations within the region,” he stressed.

He added that KIMhub has the potential to be of tremendous benefits to Sarawak and “it is my hope that it will be a catalyst of growth for our medical industry, tourism industry as well as research and development industry to propel our state to the next stage of growth”.

Among those present at the ceremony were Assistant Minister of Local Government DatuDrPenguangManggil and Assistant Minister of Youth and Sports SnowdanLawan.


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