The construction for the Tunku Laksamana Johor Cancer Centre (TLJCC) will begin by the third quarter of 2018 and is expected to commence operations by the end of 2020.
The centre would be Malaysia's first integrative medical unit built in collaboration with Singapore-headquartered healthcare specialist, the Asian American Medical Group (AAMG). It will be a private regional centre for cancer treatment, research and education.

AAMG Executive Chairman, Datuk Dr Tan Kai Chah said that the Phase 1 will see a gross development value (GDV) of RM300 million. At full capacity, it will offer ambulatory cancer facility comprising 30 day-beds and is able to treat up to 7,000 patients a year.

"TLJCC will aim to set a new standard for the diagnosis and holistic treatment of cancer. Apart from serving Malaysians, its close proximity to Singapore can position Johor as a leading medical destination with the best oncological care in the region," said Dr Tan at the ceremony to launch the TLJCC at the Persada International Convention Centre, Johor Bahru on 1 April 2018.

Phase 2 will include inpatient services including a Syariah-compliant women's wing to cater for the special medical needs of female patients, a laboratory for medicine and advanced molecular diagnostics as well as a medical mall with specialist retail outlets.

"The project (TLJCC) is about a 25-minute drive from Senai International Airport, 25 minutes from Malaysia-Singapore Second Link and 40 minutes from Johor-Singapore-Causeway. The centre will be built near Horizon Hills in Iskandar Puteri," added Dr Tan.

Johor Royal Family Gives Full Support

The launching ceremony of TLJCC was graced by the presence of His Majesty Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar and was an emotional event for the Johor royal family.

"Cancer care and treatment is an issue that is very close to my heart. Almarhum Tunku Abdul Jalil [his son] died of liver cancer in December 2015. He was a humble, kind and caring person. Even during his last moments, when he was enduring a lot of pain, his concern was not about himself, but about other cancer patients especially those who came from low income families,” said Sultan Ibrahim.

The family launched the Tunku Laksamana Johor Cancer Foundation on 6 August 2016 which is dedicated to providing financial assistance to needy cancer patients. Sultan Ibrahim had also contributed RM2.3 million for the purchase of a CT scanner for the oncology treatment centre at Hospital Sultan Ismail so that more patients could readily undergo radiotherapy treatment.

"My family and I will continue Almarhum Tunku Abdul Jalil's dream. We will make sure that his legacy lives on and we will do our best to bring help and support to as many people as we can," concluded Sultan Ibrahim. MIMS

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