Wednesday, May 27

Govt to implement more people-oriented projects

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PETALING JAYA: The government will implement more people-oriented projects such as the 1Malaysia Clinic, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said.He said that the government wanted to ensure that the people were able to enjoy what had been promised to them within a short time.

This, he added, would help enhance the people’s confidence in the government.

“We will continue to take care of the interest of the people so long as we are given the mandate. The BN (Barisan Nasional) government will continue to do its part for the people,” he said when opening the 1Malaysia Clinic in Lembah Subang, near here yesterday.

Over 2,000 people attended the event.

Earlier, the prime minister also launched the Kerinchi 1Malaysia Clinic in Lembah Pantai, here.

Najib said the government mooted the 1Malaysia Clinic idea after looking into the overall problems faced by the people, not just in rural areas but also in urban and semi-urban areas.

In reality, he said, not all city dwellers were earning a high income or living in luxury as there were also many of them who could be categorised as poor and in need of government assistance.

Although city dwellers might be earning a higher income compared to those in rural areas, the pressure of having to cope with daily lives was higher in urban areas especially to the disabled, single mothers, factory workers and those in the low-income group, he said.

One of the measures to alleviate the pressure of living in urban areas was to provide healthcare services within the community, he said.

“Through the 1Malaysia Clinic, the local community will be able obtain quality treatment at the cost of RM1,” he said.

He said that the RM1 payment was possibly the lowest charge in the world for a quality health service.

In other countries, the prime minister said, the people needed to have a health insurance before they could enjoy the service and that there were also those who had to wait for a long time before they could be attended to.

“With 1Malaysia Clinic, the people need not go far to get the treatment. They can just walk to the clinic,” he said.

He added  that  there were now 44 such clinics in Malaysia  in two months, a fact which he said was  a  reflection of the government’s commitment to push ahead with its 1Malaysia agenda and the slogan of ‘People First. Performance Now’. — Bernama