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#KitaJagaKita: 23 COVID-19 initiatives in Malaysia you should know and support

#KitaJagaKita: 23 COVID-19 initiatives in Malaysia you should know and support

One for all, all for one

Text: Ronn Tan


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Are you doing your part to combat the coronavirus pandemic? These are some helpful ways you can lend a hand to those in need of assistance—and some to know of

 

As of 28 May 2020, Malaysia has 7,629 confirmed cases of COVID-19—with areas such as Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Negeri Sembilan, and Johor being affected the worst. As the situation continues to worsen, the Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has issued the Movement Control Order that has been extended until 12 May 2020; for Malaysians to fight the pandemic as a collective. On 4 May 2020, the Conditional MCO began and regulations have become more relaxed.

We look to our frontliners during these trying and worrying times. The military, volunteering personnel, doctors, nurses, hospital staff, screening officials, cleaners, and more are now giving their all—doing their parts with courage while many of us stay at home. It is during times like these that we should be paying homage to these frontliners—our heroes. We should be showing our gratitude and appreciation for the ones putting their lives at risk to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak and the situation in the country, many entities have decided to assist as much as they can; in various ways. After all, we should all be there for each other—#KitaJagaKita. Without further ado, check out some of the movements/initiatives below:

 

1. Agrain 1-For-1 Movement

 

Agrain invites Malaysians to help donate towards their mission in providing all medical staff the energy and support that they need with healthy food. Doing their part in combat the COVID-19 pandemic, every meal box donated will be matched with another one. Hence, one for one (#1for1). Their goal for this campaign is 10,000 meal boxes—to be donated to all medical and health practitioners that are fighting the virus. If you donate 20 boxes, Agrain will match the amount and donate 20 boxes as well.

The campaign runs from 26 March 2020 to 14 April 2020 and the minimum number of meal boxes donated is five—each priced at RM16.90 plus an addition of a delivery fee of 80 cents. Make sure to include these hashtags when you post a photo with your meal boxes on Instagram: #AgainHeroes and #1For1. Of course, don't forget to tag @agrainmy.

For more information, visit this website.

 

2. Coway Malaysia "Stay Safe" Kits

 

In line with their vision of being The Life Care Company, Coway Malaysia is giving away 10,000 sets of "Stay Safe" kits— hand sanitisers and masks—to GrabFood delivery customers. The initiative that begun on 28 March 2020 is applicable to selected eatery outlets within greater Kuala Lumpur.

The complimentary "Stay Safe" kits are available for GrabFood customers when purchasing from Salad Atelier Cafe outlets in Sunway Pyramid, KL Eco City, Paradigm Mall, Intermark or The Weld as well as My Burger Lab outlets in Sunway, Seapark, Bangsar, OUG, Cyberjaya, or MyTown.

For more information, visit this website.

 

3. Me.reka, Taylors University, and Biji-biji Initiative—Open Source Collaborative Effort On Decentralised Production Of Face Shields

Biji-Biji, Me.reka, and Taylors University initiative

In response to a critical shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), these partners are working together to aid with the supply of the face shields. It is said that 40,000 units are needed per month per hospital. Face shields are used mainly by front liners such as the police, military, volunteering personnel, doctors, nurses, hospital staff, screening officials, and cleaners.

Production of the face shields are happening at Me.reka (Publika), Taylor's University Lakeside Campus, Spectrum Laser Studio (Kepong), and Admart Solutions (Muar). Their target is to mobilise up to 10 machines around the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor areas, as well as a further 10 across Malaysia to produce more than 15,000 units each week.

Here's how you can help:

1. Provide direct contacts of face shield manufacturers, plastic mold makers, or anyone who can supply 0.2 millimetres transparent A4 plastic sheets as well as four millimetres - eight millimetres acrylic sheets.

2. Provide a laser engraver, a laser cutter, 3D printers, CNC Milling (computer numerical control) or production facility.

3. Public and corporate donations—either by sending over directly purchased materials or transferring the money over to them: Biji Biji Design Sdn Bhd (Alliance Bank: 140820011062492).

For more information, visit this website.

 

4. Persatuan Care Selangor: Supporting Frontline Medical Staff and Police

Persatuan Care Selangor initiative

This initiative provides freshly prepared meals for frontline medical staff and police. Supporting Sungai Buloh Hospital and Kuala Lumpur Hospital with organising 150 daily meal deliveries are Persatuan Care Selangor, Ramada Suites by Wyndham KLCC, Hugo's KL, and courier service iSend. 100 meals will be sent to Kuala Lumpur's Police Headquarters daily with assistance from Hotel Memoir Suites and Para Thai.

To ensure that food preparation and meal deliveries can increase and continue, individuals and corporations are invited to donate to the following: Persatuan Care Selangor (CIMB Bank, 80-0217873-2).

 

5. Klook "Salute Our Healthcare Heroes" Initiative

Klook Malaysia Initiative

Pulp Salad Atelier, Rawsome, and US Pizza have come together in support of Malaysia's healthcare heroes during this challenging time. To help, Malaysians are encouraged to help and show their gratitude to healthcare professionals by purchasing a meal on the Klook website or mobile app. Every single meal purchased on Klook with the dining spots above will be translated as a meal donation. The donation period ends on 31 March 2020 and right after, Ivy Holidays KL will send the prepared meals to Selangor-based hospitals from 1 April 2020 onwards.

For more information, visit this website.

 

6. ECM Libra Foundation and Ormond Group—Free Accommodation Initiative

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Both entities have teamed up to provide free accommodation for health care workers from the Kuala Lumpur General Hospital (HKL). All 130 rooms at Tune Hotel PWTC will be provided to medical staff of Kuala Lumpur General Hospital with complimentary breakfast for those staying overnight. The free accommodation begins on 24 March 2020 and will be available for 30 days.

In addition to that, the ECM Libra Foundation has also committed a contribution of RM500,000 to The Edge Covid-19 Equipment Fund for purchasing ventilators from Australia as well as protective suits and masks.

For more information, visit this website.

 

7.  Sunway Malls—Rent Free During Movement Control Order

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Realising the impact of Movement Control Oder on retailers that are not providing essential services and supplies, Sunway Malls has granted these retailers rent free during the Movement Control Order period. They include Sunway Pyramid, Sunway Velocity, Sunway Carnival, Sunway Putra, Sunway Big Box Retail Park, Sunway Giza, and Sunway Citrine.

For more information, visit this website.

 

8. The Met Grand Salon

 

This one's for the doctors and nurses! The salon in Kuala Lumpur has offered free hair services to our healthcare professionals who are at the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. This excellent gesture is in response to the fact that doctors and nurses are advised to maintain their hair short for quicker drying. This initiative by The Met Grand Salon allows these healthcare professionals to get their hair fixed for free when things get better in the future.

For more information, visit this website.

 

9. PichaEats

 

This is an organisation/food company that partners with chefs from the refugee community to provide food delivery for. homes and companies. Since 2016, PichaEats has partnered with 25 chefs from Syria, Myanmar, Afghanistan, Palestine, Iraq, and Pakistan. 50 percent of the sales goes to the Picha Chef—covering the raw ingredient cost and their basic living expenses.

During the period of Movement Control Order, all Picha Chefs will still be providing delivery service. Whether you're up for family meals or light bites, you'll be able to get them on PichaEats while helping those in need during these trying times.

For more information, visit this website.

 

10. Uniqlo Malaysia—AIRism and Face Masks

Uniqlo Malaysia

To show their appreciation and gratitude, Uniqlo Malaysia has donated more than 10,000 pieces of AIRism products for the frontline health workers—hoping that the AIRism clothing will keep them comfortable and cool from wearing protective suits all day. As of 27 March 2020, they have donated to four hospitals.

Uniqlo's parent company, Fast Retailing, has also enlisted the support of its manufacturing partners to procure 10 million masks to be donated to high-priority medical facilities all over the world.

For more information, visit this website.

 

11. Ministry of Burn—#MOBSquadCares

Ministry of Burn

Aiming to continue bringing impact to the lives around them, Ministry of Burn has organised the #MOBSquadCares COVID-19 Support Fundraiser over the weekend of 28 and 29 March 2020. The goal of the series of livestream workouts on their page is to raise funds Seso Malaysia—a non-profit organisation that rescues surplus food, reduces waste, and fights hunger. All funds raised (100 percent) will go to Seso Malaysia.

The funds will help Seso with basic surviving needs/supplies; transportation cost for volunteers of Seso to collect supplies from donors, supermarkets, grocery stores, and restaurants; as well s purchasing raw cooking materials and ingredients for the charities.

How to donate? Go to this website, key in the amount you wish to contribute, fill up your details, and you're done!

For more information, visit this website.

 

12. Medical Relief Society (Mercy Malaysia) and Ministry of Health—Psychological First Aid (PFA) Hotline

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The Ministry of Health (MOH) has teamed up with Mercy Malaysia to prepare psychological and social support services to Malaysians during the COVID-19 pandemic. The service is available from 8am to 5pm every day and conducted by the Ministry of Health's psychology team and volunteers from Mercy Malaysia. Also involved with this initiative is the Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC).

If you or someone you know need someone to talk to, the hotline to call is—03 2935 9935.

For more information, visit this website.

 

13. Selangor and De Palma hotels

 

The Selangor government will be providing free accommodation for our medical frontliners who are at the forefront of the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes both Hotel De Palma Ampang (204 rooms) and Hotel De Palma Shah Alam (83 rooms). This is done through the Selangor State Development Corporation (PKNS). As for the duration, it is known that the offer will be valid according to the situation.

 

14. Eat Drink KL—Faith For The Future

 

 

The project by Eat Drink KL aims to support Malaysian restaurants with immediate cash infusion through cash vouchers. Launched on 25 March 2020, the cash vouchers will remain on sale until May 2020. The funds will be essential for restaurants to cover the current cost of their staff salaries, rental, and other expenses. You get to select between RM25, RM50, and RM100 vouchers—which can be used once the restaurants reopen for business. Moreover, with every voucher used, customers will enjoy 10 percent off their total bill in one receipt. For the full list of participating establishments, click here. To purchase the vouchers, visit this website.

For more information, visit this website.

 

15. The Food Purveyor

The Food Purveyor

To show their appreciation for all medical frontliners, they are implementing a priority shopping hour as well as a 10 percent discount on purchases for all healthcare personnel every Sunday. The establishments are Village Grocer, Ben's Independent Grocer (B.I.G.), and Pasaraya OTK stores.

In addition to that, The Food Purveyor has delivered sandwiches and food wraps every day to more than 350 medical personnel in seven hospitals within the Klang Valley.

For more information, visit this website.

 

16. GoCar Malaysia and Shell Malaysia

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To show their appreciation for all healthcare frontliners, GoCar and Shell will be providing free cars and petrol vouchers for them. This initiative will allow healthcare frontliners to commute easily. When they book any time between 8 April 2020 and 14 April 2020, they can drive the cars—which are professionally sanitised—for up to a week. Moreover, in-car antibacterial wipes will also be provided. Head over to the website provided below to register!

For more information, visit this website.

 

17. Tiger Beer—Save Our Street Food Fund

Tiger Beer

Tiger Beer has donated RM1.5 million to support Malaysian street food during the Movement Control Order (MCO)—to help cover rent for street food vendors, coffee shops, and food courts across the country. From the RM1.5 million, RM1 million will be utilised right away to benefit street food vendors operating in more than 1,200 coffee shops and food courts across Malaysia.

The initiative also includes the purchase of a voucher for a big bottle of Tiger or Tiger Crystal at RM10. The voucher can be redeemed at any participating coffee shops and food courts across the country when they reopen.

For more information, visit this website.

 

18. Ninja Van Malaysia and Riuh

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In support of local entrepreneurs, Ninja Van Malaysia will be teaming up with Riuh as the official logistics partner for their month-long virtual Raya market. As Riuh moves its Raya chapter online from 24 April to 24 May, vendors will be provided with two packages for shipping throughout Malaysia and to Singapore. In addition to that, Riuh vendors will also be receiving help with setting up their online shipper profile. To take part in Riuh's Raya Rumah (with three to four vendors per day), head over to their Facebook and Instagram pages.

Moreover, Harris Annuar will be hosting Ninja Van's first live-streaming event on 3 May at 10pm. Proceeds will go towards purchasing PPE for the frontliners. The auction will feature shippers such as Kilafit, Cakenis, Ohana, Infamous, and Betty Hardy. You can participate on Harris Annuar's Instagram page.

For more information, visit this website.

 

19. HP Malaysia and Teach For Malaysia—#iMovewithHP Campaign

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HP Malaysia has pledged to donate 50 units of their HP 14 laptops in support of Teach For Malaysia's (TFM) efforts to make learning from home possible for everyone. Malaysian personalities who are part of the Instagram-based campaign include Jestinna Kuan, Zamaera, Nurin Afiqah, and Sean Lee. The objective of the initiative is to inspire Malaysians to get creative together through the utilisation of technology as well as support the local community with learning and working from home. Schools in the Klang Valley with a high population of underprivileged students will be identified by TFM. Families who are nominated will receive the HP 14 laptops.

Social media challenges in line with their respective passions will be launched by the content creators—to be shared online using #iMovewithHP. For every 50 submissions received, HP Malaysia will donate an extra HP laptop to TFM; that will be provided to students in the B40 community.

For more information, visit this website.

 

20. Fern

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In conjunction with Mother's Day, the local batik design house has introduced the Fern at Home Kit—consisting of Fern batik apron, Fern batik face mask, Fern tote bag, and natural bath salts by Kushan. The set was curated in support of Rumah Kita, a local non-profit organisation; for their effort towards caring for single pregnant mothers. Part of the proceeds from the Fern at Home kit will go to Rumah Kita in the forms of household and food necessities. The Fern at Home Kits—priced at RM245—are available at the Fern flagship store in Bangsar Village II.

For more information, visit this website.

 

21. Shell Malaysia—#RamadanWithShell

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Shell Malaysia's latest nationwide initiative aims to help Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) sell their delicacies at Shell stations. The campaign allows local and small-time food vendors—providing them an avenue to market their Ramadan goods during a difficult period. Running until 23 May 2020 at 950 Shell stations in Malaysia, Ramadan options include Nasi Campur, Nasi Beriani, Asam Laksa, various selections of local Kuih, Murtabak, Bubur Lambuk, drinks, and more. These are all available for takeaway.

In addition to that, 100 Shell stations are collaborating with foodpanda to deliver selected Ramadan combos to customers' doorsteps.

For more information, visit this website.

 

22. Meals For Meals Initiative

 

 

Meals For Meals is a community campaign that's established to offer Malaysians the opportunity to support local F&B businesses. This is on top of eating well and providing meals for refugees in need. There will be a different small business and special menu every weekday until the end of May. For every purchase of two meals from the featured business of the day, Meals For Meals will pledge one meal—to be given to organisations such as Mon Refugee Education Centre and Destiny Welfare Centre. Moreover, customers can choose to buy meals to be donated directly to these organisations.

Businesses that have been featured so far include the likes Lolo's Eatery, Fowlboys, White Widow Kitchen, Fuzion, and Briyani & Brownies. For businesses that are interested in being part of the initiative, they can send founder Aida Azrin a message on Instagram (the link's provided below).

For more information, visit this website.

 

23. William Grant & Sons—1887 Virtual Bar

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In support of local bars amidst COVID-19, the William Grant & Sons (WG&S) family has established 1887 Virtual Bar (from 15 May to 31 May). The distiller's first-ever virtual bar will feature weekly guest shifts hosted by bartenders alongside Charmaine Thio and Brett Bayly—regional brand ambassadors of Hendrick's Gin and Glenfiddich.

According to Satya Sharma, Managing Director for South East Asia, WG&S will "match the public's donations dollar for dollar". Consumers can make a donation and support their favourite bars by purchasing a digital cocktail off the menu here. Four concoctions will be showcased per bar and consumers will be able to redeem the cocktails when the bars re-open.

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On 22 May 2020 (8pm), 1887 Virtual Bar will have its second shift with David Hans from Three X Co with PS150 taking the first week. You can access the Zoom link here.

For more information, visit this website.

 

Now that you know of these initiatives, it is of utmost importance that you do your part for the community. If you've contributed in one way or another, why not continue to help as much as you can? If you haven't, you are needed and any contribution (no matter how big or small) will be helpful. After all—#KitaJagaKita. Meanwhile, let's ensure that we follow the guidelines and stay in during the Movement Control Order period. Practise social distancing and self-isolate as well. We'll combat the COVID-19 pandemic as a union and normalcy will resume eventually.

For more information on the coronavirus situation, click here.

 

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