Rotary Club plans second haemodialysis centre

The Rotary Club of Johor Baru (RCJB) which has been providing highly subsidised treatments for hundreds of patients at their haemodialysis centre in Johor Baru, plans to set up their second centre in Bandar Seri Alam this year.

A nurse attending to a patient undergoing
haemodialysis treatment at a Rotary Club
Haemodialysis Centre in Johor
It will be located in a 4-storey shop lot in the Fortuna Hub Premier Shop Office precinct of Bandar Seri Alam and is a contribution from the family of the late Ng Quee Nam, founder of Chee Tat Plantations which was developed into the modern township of Bandar Seri Alam.

In 1989, Rotarians of the RCJB were encouraged by the late Sultan Iskandar Almarhum Sultan Ismail, previous Sultan of Johor, to establish large scale projects that truly make a difference to the community in the long term.

This spurred the Rotarians to set up their first haemodialysis centre at Wisma Abad in 1992, a project which expanded to a 4-storey shoplot at Jalan Tun Abdul Razak and was officially declared open by Sultan Iskandar in 2004.

For more than 20 years, this pilot haemodialysis project by the RCJB has been benefiting patients and its success has inspired other Rotary Clubs in Johor to set up similar centers to support hundreds of patients in JB, Kulai, Pontian, Kota Tinggi, Kluang, Mersing and Batu Pahat.

The staff in front of the first RCJB
Haemodialysis Centre in JB
As the community grows, the need to provide affordable haemodialysis treatment has also grown and the queues of patients in need of treatment keeps getting longer.

This growing need demands a response and RCJB President 2015 – 2016, Freddie Lee, mooted the idea to set up a second haemodialysis centre to serve the needs of patients in the area around Masai and Pasir Gudang.

"We expect to start renovations in the first quarter of 2016 when we have obtained the necessary licenses and approvals from the relevant authorities,” said Lee.

The estimated costs involved for building renovation, dialysis machines, a reverse osmosis water purification system and other fittings, is in the region of RM700,000, which the RCJB aims to raise through public donations.

To this end, the RCJB is organizing a fund-raising Charity Gala Dinner on March 5, held in the Grand Ballroom of the Amansari Resort Hotel in Bandar Seri Alam and the Johor Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Mohd Khaled Nordin has been invited as the guest of honour.

Patients in a section of the haemodialysis centre
set up by the Rotary Club of Kulai
The public is also invited to partner with the RCJB in raising funds for the new haemodialysis centre by buying dinner tables at the charity dinner in two categories, VIP Tables at RM10,000 and Gold Tables at RM5,000 per table of 10 guests.

The names of cash contributors will be permanently acknowledged on a Donors’ Wall in the centre in the form of a Platinum Plate for donations of RM50,000 and above, a Gold Plate for RM20,000 to RM49,999 and a Silver Plate for RM10,000 to RM19,999 donations.

To make donations and table reservations, email to: or Tel: 607 – 3881111.  All donations will be acknowledge by official receipts.

A version of this was published in The Malaysian Insider on 20 February 2016

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