KUALA LUMPUR, April 4 — Pakatan Harapan (PH) candidate Dr S. Streram, the underdog in the Rantau by-election, positioned himself as “a people’s doctor” as he campaigned on health, jobs, and education.
Dr Streram told New Straits Times that health clinics in the Negri Sembilan state constituency lacked facilities and amenities like X-rays and only had one ambulance.
“I am a people’s doctor. I am always with the people and I understand their hardship and pain,” Dr Streram was quoted saying.
The PKR politician criticised his Barisan Nasional (BN) rival Mohamad Hasan, who is Umno acting president, for reportedly claiming that the Rantau government clinic could not be upgraded due to a lack of land.
“If that was the case, why can’t you (Tok Mat) find other land? It is his responsibility or perhaps he had failed to.
“I prefer to highlight this because this is a basic necessity. I am not looking at a fancy hospital, but rather a clinic which is equipped with facilities and amenities,” Dr Streram reportedly said.
Health Minister Dzulkefly Ahmad said Tuesday that the Rantau and Bandar Baru Sendayan government clinics in Rantau would be upgraded in 2020, as upgrades were already listed in the 11th Malaysia Plan.
He also said the Rembau Hospital would be open by June.
Dr Streram and Mohamad are running against two independents in the April 13 by-election.