NABAWAN (Sabah) – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today announced the building of a haemodialysis centre in Nabawan for the benefit of people with diabetes and kidney ailments in the district.
He also said that the allocation for the provision of the facility was in addition to the RM8 million allocation announced in August last year for minor projects in the districts of Nabawan and Keningau.
“Tan Sri Joseph Kurup (Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department and Pensiangan MP) asked me for an allocation for the hardcore poor housing programme. I approved RM3 million,” he said when addressing a gathering at the meet-the-people session at the Nabawan Town Square here.
Also present were Sabah Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman, Deputy Chief Minister Tan Joseph Pairin Kitingan, Federal Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department and Pensiangan MP Tan Sri Joseph Kurup, as well as several other federal and state ministers.
Najib said he would also look into the application for an allocation to build village roads and access roads to the people’s smallholdings and farms.
“Only one thing I ask of you. I ask for two hours of your time in five years, to wait in the queue, enter the polling centre and put a cross against the Barisan Nasional ‘dacing’ (scale balance) logo,” he said to the applause of the gathering.
He said more development programmes would be implemented for the well-being of the people if they returned the BN to power in the next general election.
BN leaders had been working hard day and night over the past five years rather than just today or only when the general election approaches because they realised that progress did not come just like that, he said
“All these (achievements) need planning. There must be thought, vision, commitment and hard work for our nation and Sabah to go forward,” he said.
Earlier, Najib opened the Nabawan Health Clinic built at a cost of RM28.8 million. If the cost of construction of the clinic staff quarters is taken into account, the total cost will be RM59 million.
The clinic, which has 12 beds, has 87 staff including 10 doctors and two medical specialists.
Najib, Musa and several other federal and state ministers were welcomed on arrival at the clinic by Sabah Director of Health Datuk Dr Christina Rundi and the staff of the clinic.
The Prime Minister struck a gong and signed a plaque in a symbolic gesture of opening the clinic before attending a briefing on the facility.
He also chatted with some of the patients.- BERNAMA