PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia will be sending more medical gloves to China, this time courtesy of the Malaysia-China Silk Route Business Chamber.
Within a short time span, the chamber managed to pool its resources and collect contributions from the public comprising some 3.73 million pieces of rubber gloves and 20,000 pieces of protective medical gear to be sent over to provinces affected by the novel coronavirus.
Chamber president Tan Sri Ong Tee Keat said during Chinese New Year, several charitable bodies and provincial Red Cross outfits had reached out for help due to the outbreak.
“Within 10 days, we managed to pool together our resources. One of the batches, totalling 2.4 million pieces of rubber gloves, are already in KLIA to be dispatched, ” he said.
Ong said the items would be destined for Hunan, Hubei, Hainan, Shandong and Guangdong provinces.
He thanked Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok for linking the chamber to the Malaysia Rubber Export Promotion Council to make the initiative, themed “To China with Love” possible.
He also thanked the China Certification and Inspection Company for its assistance in ironing out possible hiccups in sending the items over to China.
The Chinese Embassy’s chief of press and public communications section spokesperson Tang Tang described the China-Malaysia relations as bukit sama didaki, lurah sama dituruni (through thick and thin).
“It is not just in words but also in action as we witnessed another batch of donated items from Malaysia. For this, I must say terima kasih, ” he said.
Tang said the heartwarming action by kind Malaysians from all walks of life sent a clear message that China was not alone in its fight against the outbreak.
On Jan 31, Kok announced that Malaysia would be donating 18 million pieces of medical gloves to Wuhan to assist in the fight against the novel coronavirus epidemic.
The donation came from the council and rubber glove manufacturers.
Malaysia is the world’s largest producer of medical gloves, exporting about 180 million pieces worldwide.