Geely Holding Group, through their local partner DRB-HICOM, is lending a helping hand to the Malaysian Government in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic with a medical aid donation.
The donation consists of disposable 3-ply surgical masks, medical personal protective equipment (PPE), and PL 700 ADV ventilators, and is estimated to be worth approximately RM5.5 million. The medical supplies will be distributed to 55 hospitals around the country, as earmarked by the Ministry of Health (MOH).
The timely donation is part of a larger initiative by Geely Holding to supply medical equipment via the Li Shufu Charity Foundation – a charity body established by Geely founder Li Shufu in 2006 with a focus on poverty alleviation and helping with national disasters.
Li Shufu Charity Foundation has pledged a total of RMB200 million (RM122 million) to help local healthcare providers and communities located at affected areas in China, and in countries where it has significant international operations in their fight against COVID-19.
Currently serving as Geely Holding Chairman, Li Shufu said, “As a socially responsible company, we have a duty to support the well-being of every market in which we operate. I am proud that we have the resources and logistics capability to ship vital supplies to areas hard-hit by this global pandemic.
“We will play our part, whenever possible, to lend support to communities and medical authorities to overcome this global challenge,” he added.
Geely and DRB-HICOM jointly own and operate the national carmaker, Proton. In addition to the medical supplies received from China, Proton has also contributed to the fight by loaning 50 units of X70 to the MOH to assist in their logistical operations.
Proton also manufactured and delivered 60,000 face shields to 46 hospitals around the country, ahead of its original schedule. The company aims to produce another 60,000 face shields in just five days to step up their assistance in the fight against the pandemic.
Meanwhile, DRB-HICOM along with other subsidiaries under its parent company, the Albukhary Group, contributed cash donations, medical equipment, meals for government hospitals, media front liners and university students, as well as long-range drones for monitoring and surveillance purposes.
Proton Chairman, Dato’ Sri Syed Faisal Albar, said, “As a key contributor to the nation’s economy, we felt compelled to assist the government in its battle against the spread of COVID-19.
“The front liners form the country’s backbone in this fight, and it is essential for us to assist them in any way possible. We are especially fortunate to have a partner like Geely who has been extremely generous in leveraging their resources to make this happen.”