PLEASE SAY NO TO SIME DARBY'S TAKEOVER OF THE INSTITUT JANTUNG NEGARA (IJN)!
A reliable source with the property conglomerate just called me, saying the National Heart Institute will be managed as a private, high-class hospital. In other words, the hospital will be just like Pantai Hospital, Gleneagles, Damansara Specialist Centre, etc, whose owners reap hefty annual revenue over sick-and-dying patients.
I dont think the founding father of IJN, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will be pleased with such an idea as its main purpose then was to provide affordable heart treatment to the rakyat.
After reading Rockybru and the Star on this subject, I took a drive to the IJN with a friend who used to seek treatment there, only to see that almost 85 per cent of its patients were from the middle and low-income groups.
The government's idea was not a good one. To let go of its 99 per cent stake in IJN was okay but to turn the institute into another goldmine for Sime Darby was beyond comprehension.
This will deprive the poors of their rights for better and cheap treatment!
Whose idea was it, anyway? Why must we take away the only thing that the rakyat has been clinging on to all these while? Sime Darby may find other avenues to fatten up its directors tummies but not in a manner where the poors will be suppressed.
The government should review its decision immediately as the motive of the takeover was unclear. Datuk Seri Najib should seek advise from those who understand the whole issue rather than wanting to please a certain quarters of the business community.
There are many other ways to become popular, sir but not to the extent of sacrifising the legitimate rights of the rakyat.
It will be unbelievable to assume that Sime Darby will run the IJN like a general hospital. For what purpose? If that's so, just build a general hospital in Shah Alam as it is the only city without one at the moment. Then, they can charge patients at minimal rate...