MoH opens bank account to raise funds for medical equipment

Pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

THE Ministry of Health (MoH) has opened a special bank account to enable members of the public to make donations to the ministry in its efforts to tackle Covid-19.

According to the posting on the ministry’s Facebook page yesterday, the donations would be used to purchase medical equipment, medicines, reagent (chemical reactant), disposable materials and other medical necessities at MoH facilities.

The contributions can be channelled to MoH’s medical account at 2-66016-0002347-5 (RHB Bank).

For further enquiries, the public can contact 03-8883 3111 or email to [email protected].

“Thank you for your donations,” MoH said at the end of the Facebook post.

Meanwhile, government-linked companies (GLCs) have to date donated about RM60 million in the form of medicine, medical equipment and personal protective equipment to MoH.

The corporate sector is encouraged to emulate the generosity of GLCs in assisting national efforts to combat the Covid-19 outbreak, Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz said.

“The government welcomes the generosity of Malaysians, both the rakyat and the corporate sector, in contributing and donating towards addressing the Covid-19 outbreak,” he said in a statement yesterday.

In this regard, the Finance Ministry (MoF) has approved a tax deduction for contributions and donations in cash and in-kind by individuals and corporates to the Covid-19 Fund and the MoH, he said.

Tengku Zafrul also said preparations for the second economic stimulus package are underway and will take into account various stakeholders’ feedback to ensure the rakyat’s wellbeing, sustainability of private sector companies and the nation’s economic resilience in facing the challenges of Covid-19 and global uncertainties.

This would be in addition to the RM20 billion stimulus package announced in February.

The public is also invited to provide feedback and ideas for the upcoming economic stimulus package through the official MoF portal at http://pre2020.treasury.gov.my/, he added.

He said a number of initiatives announced in February are progressing smoothly.

Among them are service tax exemption for hotels effective March 1 and restructuring and rescheduling of loans by financial institutions for impacted borrowers, especially small and medium enterprises and the bottom 40% individuals. A soft loan fund worth RM3.3 billion has been provided by Bank Negara Malaysia.

In addition, key measures planned to take effect on April 1 are on schedule for implementation.

“These include the proposed deferment of monthly income tax instalments for the tourism industry, the reduction in the Employees Provident Fund’s employee contribution and the discount on electricity. Up to yesterday, a total of RM1.7 billion has been disbursed to relevant ministries and agencies, out of the total PRE2020 (extra economic stimulus package) direct government allocation of RM3.2 billion.” — Bernama