Sarawak Energy Contributes PPE to Help Front Liners Go to Work and Go Home Safely

22 April 2020

In appreciation of the extraordinary dedication and effort of Sarawak’s front liners from the medical and health services in fighting the COVID-19 outbreak in the state, Sarawak Energy is contributing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the protection of the health care community who put themselves at risk every day in their line at work.

The corporation organised logistics and procurement for over 1,000,000 units of disposable surgical masks; 20,000 units of KN95 respirators; 20,000 units of full-body medical protective clothing; 20,000 units of goggles and 1,000,000 units of disposable gloves directly from the country of origin.

The items are arriving in two shipments with the first batch handed over today by Sarawak Energy to the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) for distribution across Sarawak.

Sarawak Energy’s Chairman Datuk Amar Abdul Hamed Sepawi and Group Chief Executive Officer Datu Haji Sharbini Suhaili handed over the first batch of disposable gloves and goggles to Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, who is also the SDMC chairman.

“Sarawak’s medical front liners risk themselves every day across the state, and we want to help to ensure that they remain as safe as possible. This shipment will boost Sarawak’s available supplies of these critical disposable PPEs that are used in the thousands on a daily basis,” Sharbini said.

“We are all in this together and are united in the ongoing efforts being coordinated by the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee and the State Health Department to ensure that these brave men and women go to work safely and most importantly, also go home safely. We also want them to know we truly appreciate their efforts,” Sharbini said.

Earlier this month, Sarawak Energy had handed over 50,000 disposable surgical masks received from its China-based contractors and also jointly donated an additional 300,000 units of medical gloves through the Supermax Corporation. All the contributions were handed to SDMC for distribution to the front liners state-wide.

The provision of electricity is considered an essential service and many of Sarawak Energy’s staff and contractor workers are continuing to work from their stations and bases over the current Movement Control Order (MCO) that is in place to break the transmission of COVID-19. Sarawak Energy’s other office-based staff have been working from home since 18 March or earlier as part of the corporation’s ongoing efforts to fight COVID-19. All those at work have to abide by social distancing guidelines, with meetings now using virtual tools.

Datuk Amar Abdul Hamed (second right) handed over the gloves and goggles to Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah at the Old DUN Building. Also seen in the photo are Local Government and Housing Minister Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian (extreme left) and Datu Haji Sharbini.

Datuk Amar Abdul Hamed (3rd right) presented Sarawak Energy’s contribution to Datuk Amar Douglas in the presence of (from left to right) State Secretary Datuk Amar Jaul Samion, Minister for Local Government and Housing Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian, Datu Haji Sharbini and Ting Ching Zung, Sarawak Energy’s Executive Vice President for Strategy and Corporate Development.

Datuk Amar Abdul Hamed (centre) presented the contribution to Datuk Amar Douglas and witnessed by Datu Haji Sharbini.