Tiong: Traditional Chinese medicine, treatment can boost medical tourism


Guests and dignitaries toss the ‘yee sang’ at the opening ceremony of Asia Skills College’s Joint Installation.

SIBU (Feb 6): The health care system ought to recognise and integrate traditional Chinese medicine, alongside the western medicine, said Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Dato Sri Tiong King Sing.

Tiong said this in a speech read by Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) Information Chief Joshua Ting who represented the minister when officiating at the Asia Skills College’s Joint Installation Ceremony at Kingwood Hotel here Saturday night.

According to Tiong, traditional Chinese medicine has been recognised and certified according to the conditions in the Traditional and Complementary Medicine (T&CM) Act 2016.

“By this registration, it has built people’s confidence to trust the efficiency of traditional Chinese medicine for a variety of clinical treatments.

“This shows that Chinese medicine has moved forward in terms of specialisation. I hope to see more hospitals willing to set up more Chinese Medical Department and explore the idea of combining the Chinese and Western medicine such as what has been done at the National Cancer Centre (NCI),” he said.

He added the medical department of NCI uses acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine to complete the treatment, and patients are treated with anti-cancer herbal medicine preparation and formulas to reduce chronic pain and assist in treatment.

“Traditional Chinese medicine has been introduced and developed in our country for many years and with the presence of many hospitals offering this treatment, we can indirectly attract foreigners to come to our country to seek treatment,” he added.

Also present at the event were Bukit Assek assemblyman Joseph Chieng and Temenggong Dato Vincent Lau.