MELAKA – The Melaka government has ordered all relevant agencies to conduct a
thorough examination of the safety aspects of the Melaka Hospital in the wake
of Tuesday’s fire at a Johor hospital that claimed six lives.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron said today risks, such as outbreak of
fires, had to be kept at the zero level while ensuring that fire-fighting
equipment was always in good working order.
He said an examination of the electrical wiring should also be carried out
on a regular basis.
“The relevant parties should work out the hospital’s emergency response plan
and the action to be taken during disasters such as fires.
“There should be no compromise in the matter, especially on the part of the
management of the hospital. We have to make sure the hospital is able to provide
the best healthcare service to the rakyat,” he said.
Idris spoke to reporters outside the State Legislative Assembly at the Seri
Negeri Complex in Ayer Keroh.
The Melaka Hospital in Bukit Palah was established on Feb 12, 1934, and Yang
Dipertua Negeri Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob as well as the state government itself
had expressed the need to construct a new hospital to meet the growing health
demands of the people.