Outpouring support from private firms

The Edge is the biggest donor so far in the Covid-19 fight, donating healthcare and medical equipment worth RM21m

by TMR/ pic credit: PROTON

MORE private firms and associations are donating medical equipment, personal protection equipment and other necessities to frontliners in the effort to combat Covid-19.

Proton Holdings Bhd delivered 50 units of the Proton X70 to the Ministry of Health (MoH) yesterday, aimed to ferry medical workers to and from work, as well as to any hotspots in the country in need of urgent attention.

Property developer Mah Sing Group Bhd, together with its corporate responsibility arm, Mah Sing Foundation, said they are donating 20 units of heavy-duty critical-care ventilators worth RM3.9 million to the National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA), to be distributed to frontline hospitals in need.

“We learnt that our public hospitals are facing acute shortage of ventilators, especially heavy-duty ventilators which are suitable for use in critical care units. Therefore, we sourced for suitable equipment and are contributing 20 units to NADMA,” Mah Sing’s founder and group MD Tan Sri Leong Hoy Kum said in a statement yesterday.

“As a responsible corporate citizen, Mah Sing will continue to work hand-in-hand with the government and other relevant bodies to weather through this storm together. We urge that all corporates join to play a part to limit the Covid-19 spread and impact,” he added.

SM Nasarudin (left) presents a mock cheque to Muhyiddin at the PM’s Office in Putrajaya – Pic courtesy of Naza Group

In a show of support towards nationwide efforts to tackle the Covid-19 outbreak, Naza Group of Cos has stepped forward to donate RM1.25 million to the government’s Covid-19 fund.

The cheque was presented to Prime Minister (PM) Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin yesterday afternoon at the PM’s Office in Putrajaya by SM Nasarudin SM Nasimuddin, group executive chairman and CEO of Naza Corp Holdings Sdn Bhd.

According to a Bernama report, the amount received for the fund so far stood at RM14.2 million.

Apart from Naza Corp, Puncak Niaga Holdings Bhd, represented by its executive chairman Tan Sri Rozali Ismail, donated RM1 million and medical equipment comprising 28 ventilators and a haemodialysis machine worth RM5 million).

E-Idaman Sdn Bhd, represented by its director Zaim Husni Omar donated RM1 million.

Others that have donated are Persatuan Pengimport dan Peniaga Kenderaan Melayu Malaysia, represented by its president Datuk Zainuddin Abd Rahman (RM500,000) and Leong Hup International Bhd, represented by its group executive chairman Tan Sri Lau Tuang Nguang (RM500,000 and two ventilators).

The Edge Media Group, represented by its CEO Datuk Ho Kay Tat, became the biggest donor of Covid-19 healthcare and medical equipment worth RM21 million.

The Covid-19 fund was launched on March 11 as part of the government’s effort to help those affected by the pandemic.