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By Karen Bong
KUCHING, Apr 21: The medical disposable supplies worth RM2 million donated by Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation (STIDC) and Sarawak Timber Association (STA) for frontliners combating Covid-19 pandemic in Sarawak arrived at Kuching Senari Port, Jalan Bako here yesterday (Apr 20).
STIDC general manager Hashim Bojet and STA permanent council members Datuk Henry Lau and Datuk Amar Abdul Hamed Sepawi have handed over the boxes of supplies in two 40-footer cargo containers to Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan at the Port’s Custom Clearance area today.
The medical disposal supplies include protective medical coverall (sterile) – 5,000 pieces, isolation gown (Non-Sterile) – 10,000 pieces, medical vinyl examination gloves- 200 boxes, medical boots cover-10,000 pairs, medical goggles- 5,000 pieces, face shield- 5,000 pieces, KN95 medical protective masks- 10,000 pieces, disposable medical masks- 105,000 pieces and medical head cover- 10,000 pieces.
Awang Tengah said that the supplies meant to aid frontline workers in fighting the pandemic were delivered to Sarawak via sea freight instead of flown in directly due to the long wait for flight permits from Civil Aviation Authority of China and other stringent clearance procedures by their local authorities.
“These donations will be delivered to the State Health Department through Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) hopefully by tomorrow as we have to repack the items first,” he told reporters after receiving the supplies at Kuching Senari Port here today.
He also applauded STA members including Ta Ann Group, KTS Group of Companies, Samling Group and WTK Group for making individual donations to support the state government’s efforts in fighting the Covid-19.
Awang Tengah urged Sarawakians to comply with the Movement Control Order (MCO) strictly for the safety and health of not only themselves but everybody.
“My message is very simple, stay at home as much as possible and only go out when necessary. Please comply fully with MCO. This is one way to ensure (we can curb the Covid-19 outbreak) because together we are stronger to overcome this crisis,” he emphasised.
Assistant Minister of International Trade and Industry, Industrial Terminal and Entrepreneur Development Datuk Mohd Naroden Majais, Assistant Minister of Urban Development and Natural Resources Datu Len Talif Salleh and Kuching Port Authority chairman Dato Awang Bemme Bun Pengiran were present. —DayakDaily