How Organisations In Malaysia Are Doing Their Part To Combat Covid-19 Crisis

As the number of confirmed COVID-19 coronavirus cases continues to rise, many charitable groups and volunteers were left battling. Especially after the government forced a limitation on NGOs distributing food to the needy to forestall the further spread of Covid-19. 

However, in Malaysia, entrepreneurs, businesses and multimillionaire philanthropists are pledging their support and help in the aid of these troubling times when and where possible.

Here is a round-up of some of the activities and initiatives undertaken by private-sector organizations that are helping to combat the coronavirus.

Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre 

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre stood with the community during these difficult times by feeding people in need, with its recent contribution of over 340kgs of surplus food and fresh produce to the Food Aid Foundation during the Covid-19 outbreak. 

Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre

The latter rescues ‘halal’ edible but surplus food and groceries from manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors and retailers—all of which are redistributed to charitable and welfare homes, refugee communities as well as soup kitchens. 

SHELL Malaysia & BonusLink

Shell Malaysia demonstrates their support and care for the nation’s frontliners during this fight against COVID-19 through a series of outreach initiatives aimed to lessen the worries and challenges faced by our Malaysian heroes. 

Essential items such as hand sanitizers, mineral water, food and beverages were among the items contributed to medical frontliners at Hospital Sungai Buloh, Hospital Kuala Lumpur, and Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun in Ipoh.

(Source: SHELL)

Other than the care packages, Shell and BonusLink have joined forces to launch an initiative to enable our customers to contribute and show their gratitude to the nation’s frontliners. From 2nd to 7th April 2020, BonusLink members can show their support to the frontliners by simply contributing a minimum of 100 points, which is equivalent to RM1, which will be channeled directly to the COVID-19 Fund by the Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH).

Donations can be made at or via the BonusLink app from Google Play and Appstore.

ECM Libra Foundation & Ormond Group

In regards to the generosity of the ECM Libra Foundation and the Ormond Group (Tune Hotels), medical staff of the General Hospital of Kuala Lumpur will be able to make use of free accommodation and breakfast at Tune Hotel PWTC for a period of 30 days beginning 24 March.

(Source: Tune Hotel)

This charitable initiative allows medical staff who have just completed their shifts to catch up on some rest at any of the 130 rooms at the hotel without having to travel back home and report back for duty the next day. 

The ECM Libra Foundation has also committed RM500,000 to The Edge Covid-19 Equipment Fund for purchasing ventilators from Australia. 

AIA Malaysia 

Working together with the Ministry of Health (MOH), AIA is offering hospital staff a one-time RM1,000 Inconvenience Allowance should they be diagnosed with Covid-19 while carrying out their duties. A Compassionate Relief of RM10,000 will be paid to their beneficiaries if the staff passes away in the line of duty during the pandemic. The financial support will be effective until June 30 or when the total fund of RM2 million is fully disbursed. 

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Not all heroes wear capes. To all our medical staff who are on the front line keeping Malaysia healthy and protecting the nation from the spread of Covid-19, we thank you. As a gesture of our heartfelt appreciation, AIA Touching Lives, our corporate social responsibility programme has pledged RM2 million to provide financial support to ALL medical and hospital staff working in the Ministry of Health's designated hospitals involved in screening and admitting COVID-19 patients in Malaysia. You’re our heroes and we want to do our part to protect you too. For more information, visit #AIACares #AIAMalaysia #AIATouchingLives #LiveWell #StaySafe #Coronavirus #COVID19 #FightCOVID19

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Sunway Group 

Sunway Group has rolled out more than RM34mil to help Malaysians cope with the pandemic, and RM300,000 went into helping the B40 communities around Sunway townships nationwide through various NGOs, including Yayasan Kebajikan Negara, to offload the burden of those who are affected. 

“The Malaysian healthcare arena needs support and patients need care, hence we are ready and committed to contribute to…

Posted by Sunway Medical Centre on Sunday, 29 March 2020

Sunway Healthcare Group on the other hand will be taking in non-Covid-19 cases from public hospitals and set aside 100 beds across Sunway Medical Centre and Sunway Medical Centre Velocity to tend to patients. Up to RM12mil will be allocated to cover the cost of subsidising treatment for public patients from government and UMMC hospitals.