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Standing in Solidarity with Sabah

What's Converging
Izzat Haziq

Malaysia Airports helps to ease the burden of front liners in Sabah with the #MYAirportCARES comfort kit.

In recent weeks, it has been rather alarming as Sabah records the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the country thus far. Front liners from across the country have been deployed to the East Malaysian state as part of a swift mitigation and containment strategy to combat the sudden spike of cases there.

Most recently, Malaysia Airports has extended their #MYAirportCARES programme to this critical zone in East Malaysia as part of their latest corporate responsibility initiative. Teaming up with the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF), Malaysia Airports has expedited the delivery of 350 units of comfort care kits to the front liners in Tawau and Kota Kinabalu. These comfort kits were delivered via a chartered Charlie 130 Aircraft that took off to two destinations, Kota Kinabalu International Airport (IATA Code: BKI) and Tawau Airport (IATA Code: TWU).

Malaysia Airports spreading love and hope with their #MYAirportCARES kits, shipped and ready to be distributed to the courageous front liners in Sabah.

Each #MYAirportCARES comfort kit consists of one sleeping bag, a face towel and a set of toiletries. Two thousand units of the same kits were distributed to Hospital Sungai Buloh earlier this year. Meanwhile, 500 units were also provided to stranded passengers at KL International Airport (IATA Code: KUL) during the early days of the pandemic outbreak in Malaysia.

This commendable effort illustrates Malaysia Airports’ sincerity in lending a helping hand, especially to the front liners who are facing long and demanding hours. With the care kits, they can maintain personal hygiene and be more comfortable during their rest period in between performing their duties.

As stated by Group CEO of Malaysia Airports, Dato’ Mohd Shukrie Mohd Salleh, all airports nationwide have been mobilised to also look at the welfare of their respective surrounding communities ever since the onset of the pandemic in the country. He also added that this asserts the role of airports as more than just a transport hub, but with a greater purpose of serving the community within their own socio-economic environment.

“We also wish to thank RMAF for helping us transport the comfort kits to Sabah. We highly appreciate the solidarity to keep our country safe in these trying times. Meanwhile, we remain committed in ensuring the safety of everyone, not just within our own airport network, but also the nation at large,” Dato’ Mohd Shukrie enumerated.

#MYAirportCARES care kits safely arrived in Kota Kinabalu International Airport (L) and Tawau Airport (R), ready for distribution by respective representatives to front liners in the state.

The #MYAirportCARES comfort kits were handed over to MOH representatives of Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Kota Kinabalu; the Royal Malaysian Police; the Royal Malaysian Customs Department; the Immigration Department of Malaysia; the Malaysian Armed Forces; the Malaysia Civil Defence Force and Majlis Perbandaran Tawau on behalf of the National Disaster Secretariat respectively, upon arrival at BKI and TWU.

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