Sarawak delivers oxygen for Covid-19 patients in Indonesia's West Kalimantan

Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri James Masing (in blue shirt) handing over oxygen tanks to Indonesian army general Muhammad Nur Rahmad at the Tebedu border post in southern Sarawak on Wednesday (July 28). Masing was representing the Sarawak government to hand over the oxygen tanks to West Kalimantan following a request for help from the Indonesian province. - ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE / The Star

TEBEDU (Bernama): The Sarawak government delivered seven containers of oxygen totalling 105 tonnes to West Kalimantan on Wednesday (July 28) for Covid-19 patients in the Indonesian province.

In a symbolic handover and delivery ceremony, Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing presented the items to Indonesian National Army Pengdam XII/TanjungPura Commander Major General Muhammad Nur Rahmad, who represented West Kalimantan Governor, H. Sutarmidji Sh M. Hum.

Speaking to Malaysian and Indonesia media after the event held at the Tebedu Immigration, Customs, Quarantine and Security (ICQS) about 100km from Kuching, Masing said three containers were delivered on July 23 and 24, while another four containers were sent on Wednesday.

He said Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg had received a letter from Sutarmidji last week, requesting Sarawak to provide oxygen supply to West Kalimantan for Covid-19 patients at hospitals in the province.

"As the Covid-19 cases are at a critical stage in Indonesia, on humanitarian grounds and close diplomatic ties, the Sarawak government agreed to channel oxygen to Indonesia's West Kalimantan province," he said.

Masing gave his assurances that Sarawak has sufficient oxygen supply for Covid-19 patients at local hospitals and for emergencies in the state.

The supply was channeled after obtaining the approval of the Sarawak State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) on condition that the oxygen supplies are procured from registered and licensed companies, container movement and transportation are restricted up to ICQS Tebedu and all declaration procedures are complied with. - Bernama

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