Northport participates in humanitarian aid to help China fight Covid-19

A total of 4m pieces of nitrile and latex gloves were collected and the 1st shipment left Northport for China on Feb 14

NORTHPORT (Malaysia) Bhd is playing its role in providing humanitarian assistance to help China battle the deadly novel coronavirus outbreak, which continues to spread around the world.

The operator of one of the largest ports in the country is providing a warehouse space totalling 8,000 sq ft to store the millions of nitrile and latex gloves donated by Malaysian companies before they are shipped to China.

Northport, a member of the MMC Group, sees the distribution of the gloves to the affected areas in Hubei Province as critical due to the depleting supplies of such items over there.

Wuhan in Hubei Province is the epicentre of the Covid-19. The virus has spread to all parts of the world since it was first detected late last year in Wuhan.

Northport’s humanitarian assistance effort was initiated by its business partner, Sinotrans Logistics (M) Sdn Bhd, which also arranged the transportation and shipment of the gloves to China.

Kossan Group of Cos, Hartalega Group, Careplus Group Bhd, Supermax Corp Bhd, Brightway Holdings Sdn Bhd, Koon Seng Sdn Bhd and YTY Group had donated the gloves.

A total of four million pieces of nitrile and latex gloves were collected and the first shipment left Northport for China on Feb 14, 2020.

On Feb 13, representatives from the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China and China Enterprise Chamber of Commerce in Malaysia visited Northport’s warehouse to witness the labelling and wrapping of the supplies.

Northport CEO Datuk Azman Shah Mohd Yusof said the ongoing initiative is a collective national effort to help battle the Covid-19 outbreak which has infected more than 80,000 people, while the death toll continues to rise to over 3,000 people.

“As a caring organisation, Northport jumped on the bandwagon by providing our expertise and facilities, especially on the logistical support for this humanitarian aid,” he added.

Also present during the visit was Sinotrans MD Willy Chen.

This is not the first time Northport, which is a key component of the country’s largest port — Port Klang — has stepped in to provide such assistance.

The company had participated in other humanitarian missions to assist people in other countries like Aceh, Indonesia, after the 2004 tsunami and ethnic conflict engulfing the Muslim majority Rakhine in Myanmar.

“We will continue to work with our strategic stakeholders to help those in need, both local and international, as an expression of our solidarity and empathy, especially during these difficult times,” Azman Shah added.