A group of Chinese nationals who are married to Malaysians have banded together to donate protective equipment to medical frontliners at the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital in Ipoh.
A private general practitioner, who only wanted to be known as Dr Ong, said the women raised some RM23,000 to buy the equipment and delivered them to the hospital.
The equipment include 22 sets of overall protective suits, 1,400 pieces of N95 masks, 2,000 surgical masks and 200 3M goggles.
“Other items included were hand sanitisers, head and shoe covers as well as face shields, ” he said when contacted.
“Because of the movement control order (MCO), the women have to stay at home to take care of their children, so they asked me to help deliver the items to the hospital.
“They just wanted to show their appreciation to the medical frontliners who are risking their lives daily in the fight against Covid-19, ” he added.
Dr Ong said one of the women was his wife while some of the others were his patients.
“Most of them had migrated here under the Malaysia My Second Home Programme.
“I was first approached to get contacts of doctors at the hospital as they wanted to know what to buy, ” he said, adding that they then held discussions through WeChat on collecting funds and buying the items online.
“I think what they did was something beautiful, helping the frontliners regardless of race and nationality.
“Although it is a small donation, I hope their actions can inspire some positivity in people, especially the frontliners. We need more ‘feel good’ news these days, ” he added.
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