SUNWAY GROUP has rolled out more than RM34mil to help Malaysia combat Covid-19.
The aid is expected to support at least 40,000 beneficiaries, easing the burden of the Government’s expenditure allocated for those who are affected, as well as providing immediate relief to businesses, families and individuals in need – particularly the B40 communities around the Sunway townships nationwide.
Sunway Group founder and chairman Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah said the aid is to help Malaysians who need it the most to tide over these difficult times.
“The impact of Covid-19 on larger businesses is universal. However, it is now important for us to pay attention to those who need it the most – Covid-19 patients who have lost their jobs because of the disease, the non-essential retailers who have had to shut down their businesses temporarily, our own employees who have been affected, and also our front-line healthcare staff comprising doctors and nurses as well as other employees within the Sunway healthcare division who are at risk while serving national interests.
“And not forgetting the B40 communities. As we always have done, we stand alongside Malaysians in these trying times. We are all in this together and we can overcome this crisis as a nation, ” he said.
Cheah has also been appointed by the Prime Minister to serve on the Economic Action Council (EAC) which is a special task force to find ways to stimulate the economy, to come up with short and medium term plans to ensure economic growth as well as to ensure that the EAC’s decisions are executed efficiently.
EAC is also instrumental in taking additional necessary actions for the delivery of the nation’s Economic Stimulus Package in light of the Covid-19 outbreak.
To minimise the burden of those who are directly affected by the Covid-19 outbreak, specifically the unemployed Covid-19 patients and those under quarantine, Sunway Group has donated RM1mil to the Government’s Covid-19 fund.
Separately, Sunway has also pledged RM300,000 to help the B40 communities around Sunway townships throughout the nation through collaborations with various NGOs including Yayasan Kebajikan Negara (YKN).
Sunway Healthcare Group has been in close contact with the Health Ministry and University Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) to help decant their non-Covid-19 cases so that the Government facilities can focus on managing confirmed Covid-19 cases.
Sunway Healthcare Group will also be setting aside 100 beds across both Sunway Medical Centre and Sunway Medical Centre Velocity as well as a budget of up to RM12mil to cover the cost of subsidising treatment for these public patients from government and UMMC hospitals. This initiative is expected to benefit around 4,000 public patients.
The working group discussion has now reached its final phase and both Sunway Medical Centre and Sunway Medical Centre Velocity will soon start to receive these public patients at existing government rates.
Additionally, for non-essential retailers who had to cease operations during the MCO, Sunway Malls has granted its tenants across seven malls rent-free amounting to RM20mil. The malls are Sunway Pyramid, Sunway Velocity, Sunway Carnival, Sunway Putra, Sunway Big Box Retail Park, Sunway Giza and Sunway Citrine.
Sunway Pyramid, Sunway Carnival and Sunway Putra are owned by Sunway REIT, while the rest of the malls are owned and operated by Sunway Berhad.