By HARIZAH KAMEL / Pic By MUHD AMIN NAHARUL
PETROLIAM Nasional Bhd (Petronas) employees have donated RM6.4 million through a voluntary salary contribution initiative that will be funnelled to the Tabung Covid-19 under the National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma).
Petronas president and group CEO Tan Sri Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin said the success in overcoming the pandemic requires all, including those who are not at the frontlines battling the disease to show courage, compassion and generosity to others.
“It is my hope that our modest gesture will assist the less fortunate in their hour of need and provide our frontliners with support in fighting Covid-19,” he said in a statement yesterday.
The contribution is aimed at expanding the funds at Nadma’s disposal towards intensifying the responses amid the pandemic, especially towards the distribution of essential supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE) to frontline staff and volunteers.
Petronas’ week-long donation drive enabled staff to specify any amount of contribution via automatic deduction from their monthly salary.
“Commencing with contributions from the Petronas senior management donating 10% of their April and May 2020 salaries, the initiative garnered strong support from 9,500 participating staff with a total of RM6.4 million successfully raised,” it said.
The salary contribution by Petronas staff is in addition to the various contributions already made via the group’s business operating units and subsidiaries in Malaysia and worldwide amounting to RM31.4 million as of April 17.
The donations bring Petronas’ total contribution to Covid-19 efforts to RM37.8 million.
The company stated the total contribution includes RM20 million worth of critical medical equipment and supplies to aid the efforts of hospitals and healthcare front- liners, donated by its corporate social responsibility arm Yayasan Petronas on March 23.
This is being carried out in stages in collaboration with the Health Ministry and Nadma.
Additionally, contributions by the company’s various subsidiaries were also made in the form of medical equipment and supplies, as well as raw materials for the production of the PPE.
“Several of our facilities, including our research centre in Bangi, Selangor, have also produced sanitising liquids. In addition to this support, essential food items and Petronas gift cards are also being distributed to deserving households,” the statement from Petronas read.
Petronas employees have also backed donation drives by the company’s affiliated organisations such as the Association of Wives and Women Staff of Petronas, Badan Kebajikan Islam Petronas, Dana Asy-Syakirin Petronas and Kelab Sukan dan Rekreasi Petronas.