Penang flood victims to get free medical treatment, discounted repairs and appliances
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Malaysian Medical Association Penang branch chairman Dr Hooi Lai Ngoh (second left) shaking hands with Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng while Dr Parmjit Singh from Penang Medical Practitioners Society (third left) and Bukit Mertajam MP Steven Sim look on. â" Picture by KE OoiGEOR GE TOWN, Nov 13 â" Nearly 60 clinics in Penang will treat local flood victims without cost for a month, in the latest initiative to mitigate the worst flooding in the state for decades.
Bukit Mertajam MP Steven Sim said the free services by doctors under the Malaysian Medical Association Penang Branch and Penang Medical Practitioners Society will be available from today.
âA total 59 clinics in Penang will offer free medical services to flood victims for four weeks,â he announced in a press conference with Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng today.
The list of 59 clinics will be listed at the Penang Bangkit website, along with additional information on the initiative.
The Penang Bangkit coordinator said that since the launch of the website and Penang Bangkit hotlines, they have received 20 calls and half of it were from those offering to help the flood victims.
He later announced offers by two electrical stores, Wah Lee Electrical and Pensonic Holdings, to repair without charge electrical items damaged in the floods on November 4 and 5.
Wah Lee Electrical is also offering 12-month, interest-free instalment plans for flood victims to purchase replacement televisions, refrigerators and washing machines.
âWah Lee has offered to bear the first two monthsâ instalments so purchasers only pay for the remaining 10 months instalments,â he added.
Pensonic, the electrical and electronics manufacturer, contributed 700 rice cookers to Penang Bangkit.
The firm will also undertake warranty repairs for any of its products damaged during the floods, while those outside the coverage period will receive a 50 per cent discount on parts prices.
Pensonic is also offering selected electrical appliances at half price to victims registered with the state government.
Earlier, Lim announced RM2.48 million in combined contributions to Penang Bangkit from six different organisations including RM1 million from Selangor today.
Penang Chinese Chamber of Commerce contributed RM800,000, Moral Uplifting Society contributed RM140,000, RM500,000 from JDT Football Club and RM40,000 from Taiwan University Graduate Association.