Friday, March 7, 2008


Hospital proposed for Penampang


The Health Ministry is considering building a hospital in the district, said the Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate for N19. Kapayan, Datuk Edward Khoo. Khoo said that the proposal is now with the ministry and awaiting its approval. “Once it is approved, the hospital will be constructed,” he said at a luncheon held at Restoran Wong Kwok here yesterday. Khoo also said that the hospital is just one of the many development plans he has for Penampang and Kepayan. “It is given priority because health is very important,” he said, adding that the district hospital is needed to help out Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) which is getting busier by the day. According to Khoo further, the Health Ministry has approved the construction of a clinic along the old Penampang-Papar road. At another function here on Wednesday night, Khoo urged the constituents to ‘confirm’ him as their wakil rakyat. “The last four years was my probation as your wakil rakyat so I hereby am appealing to all the constituents to vote for me and make me your permanent wakil rakyat,” he said. Khoo made the appeal during a campaign rally organised by Umno Penampang for the BN Moyog, Kapayan and Penampang candidates, Donald Peter Mojuntin, Khoo and Tan Sri Bernard Dompok. Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman was also present at the event and he also spoke to the thousand odd crowd who turned up at the Dewan Tun Fuad here. According to the Sabah MCA chief, he has worked hard to bring development to the constituency so that the residents’ socio-economy and standard of living will improve. “I hope you will all support and give me the mandate once again to be your elected representative so that I can continue serving the rakyat,” he said.