RM351m SGH re-devt project set for completion by Feb 2021


Lee (third left) together with (from right) Suyanto, Tan, Wee, Penguang, Zhang and Lam in a photo call after a lion dance performance at the CNY open house.

KUCHING: The redevelopment project of Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) at a cost of RM351 million is expected to be completed by Feb 2021.

Developer Asaljuru Weida Sdn Bhd, which has begun construction works, has been awarded a 20-year concession.

On completion, the developer will manage some of the facilities for the government for 17 years.

Its director Dato’ Lee Choon Chin described the redevelopment project as ‘a meaningful public project’ that would benefit the various communities.

“This project has been under public scrutiny for a long time. With all the support, we will be able to make it a success,” he said at the company’s Lunar New Year open house at their site office here yesterday.

Lee said the hospital project is nothing like the usual development works.

He said the company has to put appropriate equipment in place besides making sure that all equipment are functional from the day they are handed over.

He said a new hospital building would beconstructed next to the operating hospital, which would compel them to strive to reduce noise and dust, and manage the traffic.

“Besides, we have got to relocate the underground utilities. This is not something you see in other construction works.”

He added that the developer had to engage skilled workers for the project to ensure that every job is properly carried out.

The total project cost of RM351 million also include the procurement of various equipment, he added.

Project director Jason Ng meanwhile said the redevelopment project would have a day care centre (DCC), a medi-hotel (Meditel), multi-storey car park (MSCP) north and west with an elevated helipad.

The Meditel and MSCP North would be completed by Jan 2020 while the DCC, a three-storey building with an area of 207,087 sq ft would be completed by Aug 2020.

“There will be seven operating theatres and surgery care, a blood bank, pathology laboratory and 60 beds (holding and recovery bay) in the DCC,” he added.

The Meditel and MSCP North will be a 15-storey building consisting of 160 rooms, 968 parking bays, nine commercial outlets and seven food courts.

The MSCP West will have 821 parking bays with a 27mx27m helipad on the top.

“In total, there will be 1,789 parking bays available. The Meditel will come with five types of room including twin beds, single bed and six-bed,” he said.

On the helipad, Ng said there would be a stretcher lift to bring patients to the lower ground where an ambulance would wait to taxi patients to the Accident and Emergency (A&E) unit.

Perbena Emas Sdn Bhd is the main contractor of the entire project, which is assisted by 11 consultants, 12 specialist contractors and 10 medical specialist suppliers.

Acting China’s consul-general in Kuching Zhang Yang, Assistant Minister of Local Government Datu Dr Penguang Manggil, DBKU commissioner Datuk

Wee Hong Seng, a political secretary to chief minister Tan Kai, Asaljuru Weida Sdn Bhd director Suyanto Osman and Grab head of Borneo region Kelvin Lam were among those present at the gathering.