Facilities at the Imperial Dental Centre did not meet health standards, court told


A witness told the Sessions Court today that facilities at the Imperial Dental Centre did not comply with the standards under the Private Healthcare Facilities and Services Act 1998.

Putrajaya Private Medical Practice Control branch (CKAPS) investigating officer Dr Siti Khadijah Hawari, 37, said despite having a valid certificate as a private ambulatory care centre under the act, the facilities at the dental centre did not comply with regulations under the act and needed improvement.

She said the dental centre submitted an application to upgrade the clinic to a private ambulatory care centre in Dec 2011, which was approved in May 2012, but with improvements including on lifts, corridors and emergency equipment.

"The lifts at the premises did not comply with the regulations set in terms of their size and capacity, the corridors were also smaller and some equipment were not available such as emergency oxygen supply."

"However, the premises applied for exemption on lifts and corridors," she said during examination-in-chief by deputy public prosecutor JaizahJaafarSidek at the trial of the dental centre which has been charged in connection with the death of the deputy prime minister's son-in-law Datuk Syed Alman Zain Syed Alwi, while he was being treated there on June 1, 2016.

Dr Siti Khadijah said besides obtaining information about the dental centre from the Companies Commission of Malaysia, CKAPS had also issued a letter to confirm the registration status of Dr Ting Teck Chin from the Malaysian Medical Council as well as the confirmation of the registration status of the premises' owner Dr How Kim Chuan, company directors Dr Wong Yen Ling and Dr Arlena Philip Lee from the Malaysian Dental Council.