Covid-19: Petronas donates equipment for sanitisation ops to Sarawak firefighters

Mohd Shahabuddin (in black) and Zulaihi (in white) handing over the equipment to Khirudin (second right)

by Nancy Nais

KUCHING, April 13: Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) through its subsidiaries in Sarawak has donated critically needed equipment used for sanitisation operations to Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) Sarawak today.

Petronas Sarawak general manager Zulaihi Mohd Mantali said the contribution consisting of 28 battery-powerer sprayer units, 30 manual hand-spray units, 53 boxes of disposable clinical rubber gloves, 130 1-litre bottles of bleach, 360 900 ml bottles of bleach and 50 boxes (2,500 pieces in total) of 3-ply surgical face masks came from Malaysia LNG Sdn Bhd, Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd Sarawak Oil, Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd Sarawak Gas and ASEAN Bintulu Fertilizer Sdn Bhd.

“The contribution is a means of the group‘s support to help the government prevent and mitigate the Covid-19 virus in Sarawak. We hope that with this equipment and PPE, it can help Bomba during their daily public and epicentre sanitation operations,” Zulaihi said at the handing-over ceremony here today.

The handover was also witnessed by Sarawak Federal Secretary Mohd Shahabuddin Omar.

Petronas donated critically needed equipment for sanitisation operations to Bomba Sarawak.

Thanking Petronas, Bomba Sarawak director Khirudin Drahman said the department is truly grateful that the giant oil multinational is working with government agencies to provide support at a time when the community needs it most.

“Since March 30 until today 11am, Bomba Sarawak has sanitised 147 premises state-wide covering public areas, epicentres where there were confirmed cases and its parameters. This will continue on a daily basis until the pandemic is over. We collaborate with Ministry of Health and local councils on the locations,” Khirudin said.

Among the premises firefighters have sanitised are open markets (39), religious buildings (30), government buildings (28), public assembly areas (20), transportation (15), housing (10), hotels (3) and supermarkets (2).

Kuching recorded the highest number of operations at 58 so far, followed by Miri (38), Sarikei (13), Limbang (10), Samarahan (9), Bintulu (7), Sri Aman (5), Betong (3), Sibu (3) and Serian (1).

“We need all the help that we can get throughout this because Covid-19 has threatened the well-being of communities and even caused the loss of lives,” Khirudin added. — DayakDaily