Meru Raya, Ipoh will be the location for an upcoming neuro-robotics rehabilitation and cybernetics centre of the Social Security Organisation (SOCSO).
The project which cost RM654 million is set to be the only rehabilitation centre in Malaysia and Southeast Asia to combine medical and vocational rehabilitations.
It will be equipped with various facilities of high technology.
Human Resources Minister, Datuk Seri M Saravanan said the development was initially targeted to cost around RM500 million, but has increased following the increase in the cost of basic necessities such as cement and metal.
According to him, the project which is expected to be completed by the end of 2024 on 37.5 hectares of land is an initiative of the Ministry of Human Resources via its agency, SOCSO.
“It is to provide better quality rehabilitation services to employees besides helping to expand the services to members of the public especially in the North Zone.
“The project development will be constantly monitored by the Menteri Besar of Perak and Pejabat Istana.
“The project will begin its first phase of construction involving a cost of RM654 million which is expected to complete before or by the end of 2024.
He said so to the media after attending the groundbreaking ceremony of the rehabilitation centre on Saturday.
Present was Menteri Besar, Dato’ Seri Saarani Mohamad.
Saravanan added that the implementation of the project will open up a platform for services related to robotic technology to neighbouring countries.
“The project which receives strategic cooperation from Japan will also involve collaboration with other countries.
“This means it will soon be the only country and state to offer robotic facilities.
Meanwhile, Saarani stated that the state government will play the role as the facilitator for the land ownership process.
“We welcome the decision of the ministry and SOCSO to choose Perak as the development site.
“This site is the most suitable and we have taken about a year to settle matters related to land ownership.
The rehabilitation centre will be able to accommodate 700 patients at a time with facilities of the latest robotic technology from Japan.
Saarani highlighted that besides providing job opportunities, the centre also will provide a space for the employees especially youth to build a career in the field.
“I’m informed that almost 400 permanent jobs will be created.