PMSC gets jumpstart with Middlesex Uni MoU signing

IPOH: The Perak Medi Super Corridor (PMSC), an ambitious 1,170-acre project in Perak has received an encouraging start with the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between local healthcare company Mutiara Healthtech Sdn Bhd and UK's Middlesex University to set up a Middlesex University campus there.

The Middlesex University campus will take up 100 acres of land, and will offer a range of undergraduate and postgraduate studies via the School of Health and Social Sciences, the School of Engineering and Information Sciences, the School of Arts and Education and the School of Business and Law.

Representing Mutiara Healthech at the signing on Monday, July 25 was Dr Mohd Ghouse Mohd Noor, group managing director of Mutiara Healthtech, a subsidiary of BETA Mutiara Corporation Bhd, while Middlesex University pro-vice chancellor Prof Dr Raj Gill represented the educational establishment.

The PMSC, a RM1.35 billion project, will comprise a specialist hospital, a wellness centre, a hotel, a university campus, research centres, organic farms, theme parks and so on. This will be a one-stop solution providing holistic healing for patients and their families.

The location is about 20 minutes outside downtown Ipoh and located along the road leading to Cameron Highlands in Simpang Pulai, Perak. Phase 1 of the development will focus on a 120-bed specialist hospital, a wellness centre providing complimentary healthcare services, a health resort and hotel, and the Middlesex University campus.

The PMSC was initiated by executive Mutiara Healthtech chairman Datuk Bahadon Ariffin, who is also Group executive chairman of BETA Mutiara Corp. The goal is to create a one of a kind comprehensive and integrated health and medical retreat for Malaysians and tourist.

"Medical tourism is considered one of the largest income contributor to our country's revenue," Mohd Ghouse said. "According to the Association of Private Hospitals of Malaysia, the majority of Malaysia's medical tourists come from Indonesia mainly due to the superior quality of healthcare that Malaysia offers."

Mohd Ghouse (second left) and Raj exchange the signing documents as (from left) Bahadon, Perak State Assemblyman Datuk Nadzri Ismail and Middlesex University director of operations for Southeast Asia Kannan Kaniah Manikam look on.

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