Attention, please! Public Health Services Need Improving


The hot topics in Penang are rising property prices and worsening traffic jams. There are good objective reasons for this, but we must not forget an area of great concern to common people – public healthcare.

When Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak visited Penang on December 8, 2012, he promised to build 20,000 affordable condominiums and a monorail if the BN wins in Penang in the coming general election. This is very revealing. To him and his advisors, affordable housing and public transport are not only huge problems in Penang, they are also issues that most easily attract public attention.

But an important subject that needs a ending to as well is public healthcare. This matter has been largely ignored or forgotten in public discourses, and even when medical services are the subject of conversation, the only thing talked about is “medical tourism”, especially the influx of Indonesians coming to the island for medical treatment in private hospitals.

To read the rest of the article and to access our e-Archive, subscribe to us for RM150 a year.

Related Articles

Jul 2015

Let’s clean up our island city

With Penang's upgrade to city status, it's time to upgrade its level of cleanliness as well.

Feb 2015

No automatic new start for Penang as a city

Penang is on its way to becoming a city– again. However, this does not mean that improvements will happen overnight.

Dec 2014

What can we obey if we cannot obey simple municipal rules?

Without proper civic consciousness, we cannot truly be proud of our cities.