JOHOR BARU: More companies in Johor are coming forward to help frontliners in the battle against the Covid-19 pandemic.
The latest to step up is state-owned entity Johor Corporation (JCorp), which contributed RM3mil to purchase medical equipment for hospitals in Johor.
Its president and chief executive officer Datuk Syed Mohamed Syed Ibrahim said the funds would be used to acquire some 20 units of ventilators.
“Aside from JCorp, the funds were donated by KPJ Healthcare Bhd, Kulim (Malaysia) Bhd, QSR Brands Holdings Bhd, Johor Land Bhd, Damansara REIT Managers Sdn Bhd, Damansara Assets Sdn Bhd and Waqaf An-Nur (WANCorp).
“The purchase of these machines will be coordinated by Yayasan Sultan Ibrahim Johor, ” he said in a press statement.
On another note, Syed Mohamed said that as of April 8, JCorp had raised some RM197,000 via WANCorp, of which RM136,000 had been dispersed to 3,043 needy families with the cooperation of the state Welfare Department.
“We have also given equipment and other basic necessities totalling RM45,629 to army personnel and other front line staff, ” he said, stressing that this was part of JCorp’s corporate social responsibility.
Meanwhile, Taipei Investors Association in Malaysia (TIAM) donated RM132,500 to the Johor Covid-19 Fund.
The donation was received by Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad and witnessed by Overseas Community Affairs Council Republic Of China (Taiwan) commissioner Roger Liu.
Johor TIAM chairman Wu Wen Hsiang said Taiwan had always been a consistent investor in Malaysia.
“Bilateral trade between Taiwan and Malaysia including investments in Johor has already reached RM98.05bil.
“TIAM as the trade, services and investment arm between Taiwan and Malaysia would like to show our appreciation to the Johor government as well as frontliners, ” he said.
TIAM, he added, hoped a wage subsidy programme would be implemented as the ongoing movement control order (MCO) had put a heavy strain on Taiwan-owned industries in the country.
“We would like to appeal to the government to allow companies to pay a basic wage and not the full amount of their workers’ salary.
“Otherwise, many of these companies could end up closing, affecting the livelihood of employees as well, ” he said.