JOHOR BARU: Johor has received a RM1mil donation from water operator Ranhill SAJ to aid the its effort to contain the Covid-19 outbreak.
In a Facebook post, Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad said that the donation was handed over by Ranhill chief executive officer Nor Ifuan Md Nor and chief corporate officer Mustaza Salim on March 22.
Earlier, the water operator had announced 50% discounts on bills for its customers in the B40 category in March.
Nor Ifuan said that the move was part of the company's effort to help the low-income group cope with the current situation.
He said Covid-19 issues aside, they may experience economic disruption that could make it difficult for them to fulfil their financial obligations.
"We think it is necessary for us to ensure their security is protected during this critical time," he said in a statement on March 21.
He added that to ensure the public had continuous water supply, Ranhill SAJ would postpone any water cuts for those with outstanding bills starting from March 21 until April 30.
In another Facebook post, Hasni also announced that the state had given face masks to agencies involved in handling the Covid-19 crisis.
"We appreciate the work of officers from various agencies involved in handling Covid-19 and the donation of face masks was to show appreciation for their efforts.
"The face masks have been given to the Malaysian Civil Defence Force (APM) as coordinator of all the agencies involved," he said.