KUCHING, Apr 17: Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) is collaborating with a community known as #JagaSamaDirik to help frontliners and the less fortunate affected by the Movement Control Order (MCO).
SMA in a press statement said the #JagaSamaDirik community is now driving the initiative to help the frontliners in fighting the Covid-19 and unfortunate families who are affected by the MCO.
SMA stated that the community’s aim is not only to help the healthcare workers at work but also help the less fortunate families who do not have food at home.
It gathered that the #JagaSamaDirik community will be stockpiling food and delivering it to families affected by the MCO.
In this regard, SMA said it had allowed the #JagaSamaDirik community to operate at one of SMA Digital Innovation Hubs (DIH) in Kuching called the SMA Creative Heritage Innovation Centre (CHIC), located at Bangunan Yayasan Sarawak.
As the MCO period was extended, it stated the #JagaSamaDirik community has established a web app aimed at hospitals to enable them to make personal protective equipments (PPE) requests and to provide unfortunate families with food and seek Sarawakians to volunteer their time and expertise to help in this initiative.
SMA informed that the wishlist for food donation includes rice (5kg or 10kg), cooking oil, instant noodles, infant/toddler milk powder, canned food, diapers, salt and sugar.
As for the PPEs, SMA stated that the most sought after are 3D printed face shields, disposable face shields, N95 Masks and transparent A4 sheets.
SMA’s general manager Dr Zaidi Razak in a statement said: “We applaud the initiatives by the #JagaSamaDirik Community and also other communities who have banded together to help out during these unprecedented times.
“Our well-equipped Innovation Hub has helped to produce the face shields and also act as a temporary collection centre for the donated items.
“I am glad that the DIH can be put to good use by the community in helping the State get through the pandemic,” he said.
Meanwhile, for those who would like to contribute and get in touch with the community, contact Mr Kenneth at JagaSamaDirik@gmail.com or visit their website at https://www.jagasamadirik.org. —DayakDaily