The Ministry of Health will start relocating the office and wards of Lawas Hospital next week as the construction of the new hospital shall commence at the present site.

The new Lawas Hospital project was approved under the 8th Malaysia Plan, but sources have said that the construction was delayed due to the ministry wrangling over the location of the new hospital. However, the hospital decided to remain at the old site and the state government has since responded by allocating the surrounding land of the old site for the project.

The Borneo Post reports that shophouses in town have been identified as potential site for conversion into temporary wards during the construction period.

The daily also reports that locals have objected to the ministry’s initial decision to send expecting mothers to the nearest hospital in Sipitang, Sabah during the construction period, saying their children would end up as Sabahans instead of Sarawakians in the classification by the National Registration Department.