COVID–19 NEWS   More than 36,000 Thai factory workers have tested positive for COVID-19 since April | Infectious Disease Prevention Order differs from Emergency Proclamation - MOH | COVID-19: Nine new clusters detected in Sarawak | 23 localities in Sabah, Pahang under EMCO from Sunday - Hishammuddin | COVID: New cases reduce slightly to 16,840 - Dr Noor Hisham | 

Padang Besar Hospital project to continue with private sector participation - Zahidi

17/07/2021 05:25 PM

PADANG BESAR, July 17 -- The construction of the Padang Besar Hospital will continue after several quarters including Bank Pembangunan Malaysia Berhad showed their interest in making the project a success.

Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Zahidi Zainul Abidin said the project had been approved by the previous government but yet to proceed due to financial constraints.

“The project, estimated to cost RM400 million, will be equipped with Digital Health Care System managed by Telekom Malaysia and the Communications and Multimedia Ministry to make it the first fully digital hospital in Malaysia,” he told reporters at the handing out of food basket contributions for residents of the Chuping state constituency in Bukit Keteri today.

Zahidi, who is also the Padang Besar Member of Parliament, said the project was currently at the discussion level and efforts were underway to find a suitable new site for the construction of the hospital.

Elaborating, he said the hospital could accommodate 200 beds and would also be used as a teaching hospital for medical students from several local universities.

“This hospital will also enhance the existing health services in Perlis, apart from boosting the economy of the people around Padang Besar,” Zahidi said.

For the record, the Padang Besar Hospital project was planned under the Ninth Malaysia Plan and was supposed to commence in 2018 but had to be postponed due to financial constraints.

In another development, Zahidi said the Padang Besar Parliamentary service centre had distributed food aid to those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic over the last six months and today, a total of 500 food baskets worth RM100 each were handed out to recipients.


Bernama is the trusted source of reliable real-time comprehensive and accurate news for both the public and media practitioners. Our news is published at ; BERNAMA TV on: Astro Channel 502, unifi TV Channel 631, MYTV Channel 121 IFLIX; and Bernama Radio broadcasting locally on FM93.9 in Klang Valley, Johor (FM107.5), Kota Kinabalu (FM107.9) and Kuching (FM100.9).

Follow us on social media :
Facebook : @bernamaofficial, @bernamatv, @bernamaradio
Twitter :, @BernamaTV, @bernamaradio
Instagram : @bernamaofficial, @bernamatvofficial, @bernamaradioofficial
TikTok : @bernamaofficial

© 2021 BERNAMA   • Disclaimer   • Privacy Policy   • Security Policy