PUTRAJAYA: A total of 20,000 face masks from China were presented to the Home Ministry here for its frontliners in their fight against Covid-19.
China's ambassador to Malaysia Bai Tian (pic) personally presented the masks to Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin at his office on Monday (March 30).
Hamzah thanked Bai Tian for the masks and described the goodwill gesture as "meaningful".
He said the gift mirrored the close diplomatic and friendly ties shared between the two nations.
Currently, enforcement officers under the Home Ministry such as police personnel and others are involved in maintaining the movement control order.
On March 28, Wisma Putra announced that a consignment had arrived from China which included 100,008 units of test kits; 100,000 pieces of N95 face masks; 500,000 pieces of surgical masks; 50,000 units of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE); and 200 ventilators.
The consignment was handed over to Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein by Bai Tian, and the Chinese ambassador said the consignment was a gift to Malaysia in recognition of the very close relations between the two nations.
He added that it was a gesture of goodwill in return for the valuable assistance that Malaysia had extended during the initial phase of the Covid-19 outbreak in China.
Several Chinese companies have also sent thousands of face masks to Malaysia over the past week to help the nation's fight against the spread of the virus.