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RM100,000 allocation to turn Tangkarason hall into clinic
Published on: Saturday, February 24, 2024
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RM100,000 allocation to turn Tangkarason hall into clinic
James said he was told MOH had also agreed to build a new health clinic to replace the destroyed clinic and hoped the project would be completed this year.
Kota Kinabalu: The Ministry of Health (MOH) has approved a RM100,000 allocation for converting the Tangkarason Community Hall in Beluran into a temporary health clinic, said State Community Development and People’s Well-being Minister Datuk James Ratib.

He said the allocation would be used for, among other things, renovating the community hall so that it could serve as a temporary replacement for the Tangkarason Health Clinic which was destroyed by fire on Feb 15 this year.

“The use of the community hall as a health clinic is a temporary measure pending the building of a new clinic,” he said in a statement.

Commenting on the issue of Tangkarason Health Clinic land not being gazetted yet, James said MOH had made an application through the Federal Lands Commissioner and the Sabah Land and Survey Department would soon issue a letter of agreement for site occupation to build the clinic.

James said he was told MOH had also agreed to build a new health clinic to replace the destroyed clinic and hoped the project would be completed this year.

“I was also told by MOH that the new project to replace the razed clinic will cost about RM1.3 million, including the construction of quarters on the original site. We wait for the allocation warrant from MOH,” he added.

On Feb 19, James was reported as saying that the Government’s effort to rebuild the Tangkarason Health Clinic had stalled as there was no application to gazette the land it was sitting on although the wooden clinic had been built 30 years ago.

Meanwhile, in a separate statement, James proposed that a special committee be set up to tackle the many unresolved issues and matters concerning federal land in Sabah.

“Through this committee, we can identify those plots of government land with grants, those still with Land Application (PT) status and Federal Government buildings still without applications.

“This is to enable future projects to be started speedily. I hope that between this year and the next issues concerning land in Sabah can be resolved or white-listed so that there will not be any land which has yet to be applied for or land with PT status,” he said.

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