Japanese MNC donates 10,000 N95 masks


Dr Adham (left) receiving the mask donation from Hagino in Putrajaya. Present were Oka (right) and Deputy Health Minister Datuk Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali.

PUTRAJAYA: The shortage of personal protective equipment for frontliners battling Covid-19 is cause for concern for MinebeaMitsumi Group.

As corporate social responsibility is one of the group’s main pillars, MinebeaMitsumi Malaysia on the instruction of MinebeaMitsumi Inc CEO Yoshihisa Kainuma of Japan donated 10,000 pieces of N95 masks to the Health Ministry.

The handover took place at the Health Ministry here on Friday, where Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba received the masks from MinebeaMitsumi Malaysia managing director Mitsuaki Hagino.

Present were Japan’s ambassador to Malaysia Hiroshi Oka and MinebeaMitsumi division manager Hafisol Hassan.

Last month, MinebeaMitsumi donated 1,000 pieces of N95 masks to KL Hospital and another 1,000 pieces to University Malaya Medical Centre, from the company’s stock kept at its plant in Malaysia.

On May 6, MinebeaMitsumi gave 400 pieces of N95 masks and 100 sets of shoe covers to Hospital Sultan Abdul Halim in Sungai Petani, Kedah, while its Batu Pahat plant contributed 500 pieces of surgical masks to Hospital Sultanah Nora Ismail in the district in Johor.

MinebeaMitsumi Inc is a Japanese multinational corporation and a major producer of machinery components and electronics devices with production plants all over the world.

In Malaysia, its operations are Minebea Electronics Motor (M) Sdn Bhd in Sungai Petani, Kedah; Mitsumi Technology (M) in Batu Pahat, Johor; and Ortech Malaysia Sdn Bhd in Klang, Selangor.

MinebeaMitsumi has its sales office in Penang and Kuala Lumpur, and combined with the factories employs about 2,000 people.

“On behalf of Japan, MinebeaMitsumi’s donation of the masks to the Health Ministry of Malaysia is for distribution to the frontliners, hospitals and other personnel involved in managing the Covid-19 pandemic, ” said a statement from MinebeaMitsumi.

“We hope Malaysia can return to normal as soon as possible.”

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