Her Excellency Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh
& President of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Memorial Trust
Her Excellency Sheikh Rehana, Vice President of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Memorial Trust
Mr. Amiruddin Abdul Satar, President and Managing Director, KPJ Healthcare Berhad
Datin Paduka Siti Sa’diah Sheikh Bakir, Director and Corporate Advisor, KPJ Healthcare Berhad
Mr. Aminudin Dawam, Vice President of Property and Business Development Division, Johor Corporation.
Ladies and gentlemen
It is a great pleasure to be here today, at the Inaugural Ceremony of the Sheikh Fazilatunnessa Mujib Memorial Specialist Hospital and Nursing College. I would like to warmly thank the Bangladeshi Government and the Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Trust for inviting me to witness this memorable occasion.
Malaysia and Bangladesh have always enjoyed warm and friendly bilateral relations, and I am delighted to see our ties continue to improve. This hospital was made possible through strong collaboration between the Memorial Trust and KPJ Healthcare. It is testament to what we can achieve when our nations work together. I hope that the hospital will not only improve healthcare in Bangladesh but also develop into a regional champion.
I have been told that this hospital will accommodate 250-beds. Moreover, through the joint undertaking with KPJ Healthcare, it will immediately have a qualified and experienced team of hospital managers in place, comprised of the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Nursing Officer. KPJ will also bring in medical specialists, nurses and other key personnel to serve at the hospital alongside local professionals.
The hospital will offer first-class healthcare, providing Bangladeshis with greater access to international standards of treatment. It will support national efforts to provide a safety net for the poor, as well as provide services for the disabled and help improve maternal and child healthcare. It will also house a 50-seat nursing college, which will support Bangladesh’s efforts to train more healthcare professionals.
The hospital will help reduce the outflow of foreign exchange from Bangladesh, because fewer Bangladeshis will now travel abroad to access quality healthcare services. In time, I hope the hospital will help improve Bangladesh’s overall healthcare industry, benefiting people in this country and across the region.
Ladies and gentlemen,
I have every confidence that KPJ Healthcare is capable of helping the Sheikh Fazilatunnessa Mujib Memorial Specialist Hospital realise its goals and aspirations.
KPJ has a 33-year track record in Malaysia. It has helped to transform Malaysia’s private healthcare industry, and now has 23 hospitals throughout the country. It also has two hospitals in Indonesia and one in Thailand.
Back in 2011, KPJ was the first private healthcare organisation approved by the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education to set up its own Medical School. The KPJ Healthcare Medical School today provides specialist training programmes for doctors from across Malaysia. And I am delighted to hear that KPJ’s medical consultants are acting as tutors to the new specialists here in Bangladesh.
Her Excellency Sheikh Hasina,
Ladies and gentlemen,
In closing I would like to reiterate how delighted I am with this project, which is an embodiment of our shared commitment to co-operation and development.
I would like, once again, to take this opportunity to acknowledge the efforts of the Trust, under Sheikh Hasina’s visionary leadership. And allow me to say ‘Syabas’ to KPJ Healthcare, for its role and commitment to this undertaking.