Concerned with the spike of COVID-19 cases in Sabah, BIMB Holdings Berhad (“BHB”) and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad (“Bank Islam” or “the Bank”) has acted to increase its COVID-19 AMAL Prihatin relief for the state. This time, BHB and Bank Islam have allocated RM100,000 from its corporate social
responsibility fund for the initiative.
Among the assistance offered for the second COVID-19 AMAL Prihatin relief to Sabah include:
i. RM20,000 channelled to frontliners in four districts – Tawau, Lahad Datu, Sandakan and Kota Kinabalu – in the form of food supplies and drinks, as well as other necessities.
ii. RM80,000 for 800 affected families in five districts – Tawau, Lahad Datu, Tuaran, Sandakan and Semporna – in form of basic necessities. Identification and distribution process are done through collaborations with Lahad Datu District Police Headquarters, Fisheries Development Authority of Malaysia (“LKIM”) Sabah, Persatuan Skuad Komuniti Prihatin Sabah (“KPS”), Pertubuhan Kebajikan Anak Leluhur Nusantara Negeri Sabah (“PERKALAS”) and Pertubuhan Kebajikan Anak Impian Malaysia (“Borneo Komrad”).
Mohd Muazzam Mohamed, Chief Executive Officer of BIMB Holdings and Bank Islam, said, “Empathetic on the challenges faced and wellbeing of people in Sabah, we have decided to double our efforts in helping the affected communities there. During the first wave of COVID- 19, BHB and Bank Islam had distributed assistance worth RM42,000 to the state. The fund was contributed towards providing essential medical-related equipment for the benefit of frontliners in four locations – Ministry of Health (“MOH”) Lahad Datu, Tawau Hospital, as well as Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Queen Elizabeth II Hospital in Kota Kinabalu.
We have also distributed assistance to entrepreneurs under Amanah Ikhtiar Malaysia (“AIM”) Sabah whose businesses have adversely impacted by COVID-19.
“This support is part of our continuous effort in helping affected communities and the underserved significantly distressed by the pandemic. Apart from that, we also urge customers in Sabah who faced severe financial constraints caused by loss of employment or facing a reduction in income to apply for our post-moratorium targeted repayment assistance, offered until the end of June 2021.
Applications can be made online by scanning the QR code available on Bank Islam’s website. Customers may also contact our Contact Centre at 03-26900 900 for further information. We hope these initiatives will ease the burden they are facing,” Mohd Muazzam added.