MR D.I.Y. Group (M) Bhd has dispatched 9,000 sets of personal protective equipment (PPE) and 20,000 face masks worth RM480,000 to Sabah.
In a statement, the home improvement retailer said that it stepped up its humanitarian aid to frontliners, first-responders and vulnerable groups in Sabah because the COVID-19 situation there has worsened.
MR D.I.Y. said it plans to distribute the equipment to affected areas including four key COVID-19 hospitals, six government clinics and other government facilities in the Semporna, Lahad Datu, Tawau and Kunak districts.
The relief supplies follow Health director-general, Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah’s description of the situation in Sabah as a “crisis” because of the exponential daily rise in cases.
MR D.I.Y. chief executive officer, Adrian Ong, said the third wave has hit Sabah especially hard and that the company is concerned for the frontliners’ and Sabah people’s immediate access to supplies.
“Our direct relationship with manufacturers and nationwide logistics network make it possible for us to mobilise these supplies quickly to get them to those who need them the most.
“As a home-grown retailer, we are committed to serving Malaysians in meaningful ways and this is a much-needed service at this moment,” he said.
Since the pandemic broke out, MR D.I.Y. said it has distributed over 2,000 sets of PPE, 300,000 face masks and 10,000 face shields – including materials to make face shields – worth over RM3.8 million.