Aiding Malaysia’s frontliners

by LYDIA NATHAN & DARMINAA UTHAYAKUMAR/ pic by TMR FILE

HOMEGROWN enterprise Mr DIY Group (M) Bhd has joined other corporates in aiding Malaysian healthcare frontliners to battle the Covid-19 pandemic by sourcing out face masks and personal protection equipments (PPE) for 30 hospitals.

Collaborating with The Edge Communications Sdn Bhd’s Covid-19 Equipment Fund, the fund raises money from Corporate Malaysia and has since received enormous support from businesses and individuals.

The group’s MD Adrian Ong said this special mission was Corporate Malaysia’s way of giving back in a very tangible manner to the unsung heroes of Covid-19.

“The outbreak is a sobering reminder of the personal sacrifices these brave men and women are making in their tireless efforts to protect us,” Ong said.

The initiative includes the sourcing of 35,000 PPE and one million three-ply face masks to bring back to Malaysia.

Mr DIY also purchased an additional 1,000 PPE to donate to healthcare professionals who need it.

The PPE was flown in from China last Friday by local carrier AirAsia, and Mr DIY assisted with logistics.

“Mr DIY provided the support of its logistics teams and delivery fleet to distribute this medical safety equipment to more than 30 hospitals nationwide as well as to three non-governmental organisations (NGOs), Mercy Malaysia, Imaret-Islamic Medical Association of Malaysia and Malaysian Relief Agency,” the group said.

Ong also thanked the team for working under the tight deadlines to coordinate the purchase of the items, the logistics, and distribution to the hospitals, NGOs and other public services.

“Those involved had volunteered their own time and effort to rise to the call to meet the needs of our medical frontliners. I hope that our contribution will go a long way towards protecting our frontline professionals at this crucial time in global history,” he said.

Separately, renowned fashion designer Datuk Radzuan Radzi will has switched it up from haute couture to sewing PPE for frontliners.

The initiative materialised after videos and photos of medical staff stitching their own PPE due to inadequate supply went viral over social media.

On the 12th day of the Movement Control Order (MCO), Radzuan uploaded a post on his Instagram account, explaining the project called “Jom Menjahit Sambil Beramal di Rumah”, which also encouraged more designers and seamstresses to participate in this meaningful project.

According to a report by a daily, Radzuan said he asked for advice from a doctor friend who works at the Serdang Hospital in relation to measurements and materials.

He has since produced 50 pairs of PPE outer garments in a day and as of Monday, he completed over 200 pairs of PPE and aimed to produce 1,000 to 2,000 pairs of outer robes and head covers for medical staff to wear.

“If more people can contribute their skills and expertise, the more hospitals we can help, especially with the extended MCO,” he was reported as saying.

Meanwhile, QSR Brands (M) Holdings Bhd, owner and operator of KFC and Pizza Hut Malaysia, are also extending their support towards Malaysia’s frontliners and underserved communities by pledging to serve meals to the community.

It has delivered over 10,780 meals to more than 100 locations across the country.

The company estimated that at least 20,000 meals had reached health workers, firemen, policemen, the media and public service workers, as well as university students and the underserved communities.

Malaysia’s largest fast-food operator had also partnered Kechara Soup Kitchen in addition to their own riders to distribute food to the underprivileged and homeless communities in Kuala Lumpur.

“To show our gratitude, we would like to provide the brave frontliners with food daily,” QSR Brands MD Nehchal Khanna said.

Jabatan Agama Islam Wilayah Persekutuan, Majlis Agama Islam Melaka, Majlis Agama Islam Kedah, Zakat Pulau Pinang, Majlis Agama Islam Pulau Pinang, Pusat Zakat Sabah, Jabatan Agama Islam Labuan and Lembaga Zakat Selangor have also assisted QSR Brands in their mission to serve Malaysians who are in need during this difficult period.

QSR Brands has also launched contactless delivery to ensure that the exchange of food between their food delivery rider and customer is done in line with the government’s health, social, and safety guidelines.