According to a report by The Malaysian Insider (via Bernama), Deputy Health Minister Datuk Hilmi Yahaya announced at the Parliament yesterday (30th November) that motorists will be charged for parking at hospitals in the central zone of the peninsular.

The Ministry of Health said that this is to avoid abuse of parking areas at the hospitals.

Photo via TMI
Photo via TMI

Dr. Hilmi said that the measure will be taken to avoid outsiders or irrelevant quarters from using the free parking facility provided at hospitals. He added that the ministry will be opening tender offers to interested companies to run the hospital parking on a temporary basis. The rates will be set by the ministry.

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He explained:

The rate charged at our car parks will be set by us and those who wish to be involved will have to follow the rate.

He said it as response to a supplementary questions from Datuk Wan Mohammad Khair-il Anuar Wan Ahmad (BN-Kuala Kangsar) regarding the hospital parking spaces being used by those who have no business at the hospital.

Photo via The Malay Mail Online
Photo via The Malay Mail Online

Dr. Hilmi also said that the ministry will issue tender to raise the number of parking lots in hospitals nationwide.

Source: The Malaysian Insider via Bernama.

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