Columbia Asia Bintulu Hospital located along Tanjung Kidurong highway.

Columbia Asia Bintulu Hospital located along Tanjung Kidurong highway.

Bintulu first private hospital Columbia Asia initially announced to be open last September would be operational as early as January next year according to a reliable source.

“We are hoping to have it (Bintulu hospital) operational as early as January,” said an officer from the hospital’s headquarters and insisted that we get confirmation from it corporate communication department.

However our attempted to contact Columbia Asia corporate communications manager Nur Saidah Said through phone and e-mails had not been successful.

On April 21, Columbia Asia group chairman Rick Evans said they would invest RM365 million to build six mid sized community hospitals in the country, with each hospital having about 300 workers.

Columbia Asia Bintulu hospital was constructed late 2008, located along Tanjung Kidurong highway, off Jalan Ikhwan – is part of the international healthcare provider aggressive expansion plan in Malaysia.

The group currently has five hospitals in Malaysia – Miri in Sarawak, Seremban in Negeri Sembilan, Taiping in Perak, and Puchong and Shah Alam in Selangor.