Covid-19: Agencies, NGOs in commodity sector come to govt’s aid

KUALA LUMPUR: Several government agencies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the country’s commodity sector have come forward to contribute essential medical and protective items for health professionals and workers responding to Covid-19.

The Malaysian Palm Oil Association (MPOA), which has over 120 members, has donated items such as ventilators, Covid-19 test kits, hand sanitizers, face masks, and personal protective clothing worth RM5 million to the Ministry of Health and NGOs.

The Malaysian Rubber Export Promotion Council (MREPC), an agency under the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities, and the Malaysian Rubber Glove Manufacturers Association (MARGMA) have pledged to donate five million medical rubber gloves to the Ministry of Health and agencies such as the Royal Malaysia Police, Immigration Department, and Fire and Rescue Department.

Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Dr Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali, in a statement today, said the contribution would help reduce the burden of the government during these difficult times.

It is also a sign of solidarity among the agencies and members of the associations in assisting the government, he said, adding that the distribution mechanism of the items would be implemented by the MPOA and MARGMA.

“We hope the donations will be a catalyst to those involved, especially doctors, nurses and hospital staff to continue to contribute to the people and the nation,“ he said. - Bernama