by SHAHEERA AZNAM SHAH / Pic by HUSSEIN SHAHARUDDIN
MALAYSIA Aviation Group (MAG) has mobilised 80 employees as volunteers at the two mega Covid-19 vaccination centres (PPVs) in Axiata Arena, Bukit Jalil and Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre to cater for appointments between June 7-18, 2021.
The MAG volunteers are tasked with non-medical duties across the touchpoints at the vaccination centres, including handling crowd managements, announcements and registration.
“The volunteers, or better known as MH Rangers, comprise of cabin and flight crew from Malaysia Airlines and Firefly as well as employees from subsidiaries under MAG.
“The MH Rangers programme empowers all MAG employees to take part in various voluntary roles in helping turn things around in different situations,” MAG said in a statement today.
It added that the programme also prioritises volunteers who have received or registered for the Covid-19 vaccination.
The company said a briefing session led by the organiser was conducted on June 5, to prepare the volunteers for their roles.
Meanwhile, four team leaders took part in a simulation at the two venues on June 6, with the Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar, the coordinating minister for the national immunisation programme.
MAG group CEO Captain Izham Ismail said the volunteer programme signals the aviation group’s commitment to assist the country with the effort to immunise Malaysians from the pandemic.
“Earlier in the year, we ensured the smooth and successful operation of transporting the vaccines from China and Singapore, from Belgium to Malaysia.
“Being the country’s national carrier, it is our responsibility to support the country in the whole process as the success of the vaccination programme is key in helping the country achieve economic and financial recovery,” he said.
Despite the challenges faced by airlines, Izham said MAG employees are still in high spirits to go the extra mile in carrying their duties by taking on volunteer roles, especially during this time of need.
“We are honoured to play our part in supporting the government in ensuring a smooth rollout of vaccines at the first two mega PPVs by being the first corporation to respond and send our trained volunteers.
“When the organisers approached us for assistance, we never hesitated and quickly rallied our employees to participate. Over 220 employees across the group signed up for the programme in a matter of days.
“This act of giving back and dedication to supporting the community truly reflects the ‘Malaysian Hospitality’,” he said.