Southern Realty donates foodstuff, hospital equipment and protective items to the community
KLANGITES have much to be proud of their city famed for its delectable food.
From yummy savoury delights of bak kut teh and ikan bakar to sweet treats like apple strudel and pandan layer cake, this is a township that keeps on serving.
This also holds true for Klang-based Southern Realty (Malaya) Sdn Bhd that set aside RM250,000 as part of its ongoing food aid initiative within the community since July 2021.
Southern Realty aims to reach out and deliver food boxes to households and individuals experiencing hardship during these trying times, pledging 500 boxes monthly to those in need.
Each food box contains pantry essentials such as a 5kg bag of rice, noodles, canned goods, sugar, along with a variety of sauces and condiments.
The palm oil and real estate investment company estimates these boxes would reach some 2,500 households in the Klang region. With assistance from the police and the Klang Municipal Council, more than 1,000 families have received food boxes to date.
“As a company based in Klang, we feel it is our responsibility to provide for the community in times of need,” says Southern Realty senior director Dr Nick Low.
“We will strive to continue our longstanding commitment to the community and ensure everyone is taken care of. We have witnessed the impact of the pandemic first hand, and decided to contribute over RM1mil to tide the various members of the Klang community over the Covid-19 pandemic.”
Low says that many people have lost their main source of income due to the pandemic and continued lockdown measures.
“We understand that these people are in dire need of basic necessities and we want to help alleviate any burden our neighbours may be facing, and wish to contribute in any way we can,” he says.
In the spirit of banding together to fight Covid-19, the company donated some RM500,000 worth of medical equipment and supplies to Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah (HTAR) in August, 2021.
Southern Realty’s contributions consist of new machines and essential equipment upgrades for the radiology, forensic and laboratory departments, as well as the Covid-19 response team.
The hospital received a brand-new mobile FDR Nano X-ray machine that is critical for evaluating Covid-19 patients, 30 mechanical hi-lo hospital beds, body racks, and a variety of laboratory test equipment and other essentials.
HTAR consultant haematologist Dr Tan Swee Looi says: “When the influx of patients overwhelmed our facility, Southern Realty's donation of GeneXpert to the pathology department and digital portable X-ray machine to the radiology department had our backs covered.”
“They even looked into the welfare of our frontliners' physical and mental well being with their thoughtful gifts. My sincere gratitude to Southern Realty for the thoughtful and timely assistance.”
To motivate the frontliners further, the company donated RM350,000 worth of amenities such as refrigerators and microwave ovens to staff pantries at all the wards as well as 200 vouchers of full board holidays to be used by the frontliners when the pandemic settles.
“Frontliners and healthcare workers are the community’s last line of defence against Covid-19. We want to show our support and do what we can to motivate them to continue their fight.
“Their wellbeing, especially their mental health is our priority,” says Low.
Aside from hospitals within the Klang region, Southern Realty also donated essential protective items to the Klang Municipal Council.
The company contributed RM120,000 worth of protective items such as disposable PPE coveralls, Covid-19 antigen rapid tests, surgical face masks, soft nitrile gloves, disinfectant and hand sanitisers to the local authority.
For more information, go to www.southern.com.my.