More companies stepping up to help combat Covid-19

by LYDIA NATHAN & DARMINAA UTHAYAKUMAR/ pic by BERNAMA

SINCE the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak, many corporates and individuals have been stepping up to assist various communities that are in need.

For members of the public who want to do their part, Touch ‘n Go eWallet is giving them a chance to donate directly to non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

The NGOs include Kechara Soup Kitchen, Tzu Chi Buddhist Foundation, Yayasan Generasi Gemilang and 19 others.

Touch ‘n Go Digital Sdn Bhd CEO Ignatius Ong said the proceeds donated will be channelled directly to the organisations who better understand the needs of the homeless, vulnerable and low-income families.

He added that the pandemic has been a challenging time for everyone, especially the healthcare and public service workers.

“We want to do our part in supporting efforts through our user base by advocating a digital, cashless manner in which financial aid can be given, not just as an immediate response to Covid-19 but as a long-term solution,” he said.

Ong said people wanting to contribute can visit the service’s Facebook page to view the list of QR (Quick Response) codes, which then can be scanned directly from a laptop, with a donation made.

“If you are using a mobile phone, save the QR code on your phone, open the Touch ‘n Go eWallet app, use the scan function to scan the QR code and just key in whatever amount you wish to donate,” he said.

Meanwhile, more corporations have come forward to help in the fight against Covid-19.

Home improvement retailer Mr DIY recently donated 300,000 three-ply face masks to public services on the frontline.

The face masks are being distributed to the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM), hospitals and the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry, to assist their personnel in carrying out their duties. In addition to that, Mr DIY also contributed 1,000 personal protective equipment (PPE) suits to six hospitals in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Kelantan.

Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM) recently handed over a total of RM2 million in cash to the government’s “Covid-19 Fund” to alleviate the burden of those directly affected by the pandemic.

The group had also pledged RM2 million worth of TM Family Care Packages to be distributed nationwide to those in need.

The financial aid, which comprises TM’s zakat contribution of RM1 million as part of the total amount, is currently being disbursed nationwide through TM’s regional and state offices.

Internally, TM has also launched an internal fundraising campaign — the Tabung Kebajikan Covid-19 since the Movement Control Order began and to date, employees have collectively contributed over RM440,000 to support the group’s corporate responsibility efforts.

TM also distributed 200,000 face masks and 30,000 pairs of hand gloves to the PDRM, Malaysia Armes Forces and Malaysia Civil Defence Force.

Gas Malaysia Bhd will also provide special relief measures to low-cost residential customers and government hospitals.

Group CEO Ahmad Hashimi Abdul Manap said the measures are designed to help ease monthly gas charges and provide better flexibility for customers during this pandemic. Some 4,000 customers will be offered a total rebate of RM100 each from April to September, 2020, for gas consumption.

The company will also temporarily halt meter reading and bill issuance for low-cost residential customers.

Gas Malaysia will also halt the reading and issuance of bills for retails and hotels from April to June 2020.

Actual meter reading will be conducted in July based on the actual units of gas consumed during that period to allow retail customers and hotels to better manage their financial situation.

The company will also be waiving the gas charges for all government hospitals that consume their natural gas from April to September in support of the healthcare frontliners.