GLC/GLIC DISASTER RESPONSE NETWORK EXTENDS COVID-19 ASSISTANCE

AZLEE NOR MAHMUD

KUALA LUMPUR, March 23 (Bernama) -- The Government-Linked Companies (GLCs) and Government-Linked Investment Companies (GLICs) Disaster Response Network (GDRN), together with various partners, is working and coordinating GLCs and GLICs’ support in assisting the Ministry of Health (MoH) in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The GDRN is managed by a Joint-Secretariat led by Yayasan Hasanah (YH) (a foundation under Khazanah Nasional Bhd) and Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM), GDRN said in a statement today.

“The collective early contributions stand at RM40 million from several GLCs, GLICs and private sector entities to support the various humanitarian and medical-related initiatives,” it said.

Of the RM40 million, RM17 million has been pledged directly to the GDRN to support MoH to purchase medical supplies, Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) and ventilators.

The companies pledging to GDRN towards MoH support are Affin Bank Bhd, CIMB Bank Bhd, Retirement Fund (Incorporated) (KWAP), Permodalan Nasional Bhd, Sime Darby Property Bhd, and Pharmaniaga.

Other companies that have made their pledges include Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB), Telekom Malaysia, TIME dotcom Bhd, Yayasan Hasanah, Yayasan Sime Darby, and Yayasan UEM.

It said the RM17 million allocation will be primarily focused on the provisions of medical supplies which include PPEs and ventilators to meet the needs of MoH, institutional hospitals and the public.

The coordination and implementation of procurement, handling, warehousing and distribution will be done through PharmaNiaga Bhd, it said.

Yayasan Hasanah managing director Shahira Ahmed Bazari said the support needed to be better coordinated to avoid duplication of efforts and redundancy of supplies.

“We hope that this platform will enable a more streamlined approach to assist MoH and the nation during this difficult time.

“Currently YH is coordinating the efforts with GLCs and GLICs under the banner of the GDRN and welcome the private sector to also extend their support towards this joint efforts,” said Shahira.

In addition, several GDRN members had early on implemented several relief support totalling approximately RM23 million and these include distribution of food supplies, hygiene kits and medical equipment to hospitals, including district health clinics, universities which are still housing students on campus, and the Surveillance Centre managed by the National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA). 

Several GDRN members have also mobilised their volunteers.

GDRN’s commitment to support the fight against COVID-19 will continue beyond the Movement Control Order (MCO) period as it plans to assist the vulnerable and bottom 40 per cent household income (B40) groups who have been impacted by COVID-19 in the longer term. 

This is in line with the purpose of the GDRN’s formation, which is to ensure a holistic response in the short, medium and long term in times of disasters as witnessed by its support across the country from 2013 until 2019.

While efforts through GDRN and by individual GLC, GLIC, as well as the private sector will continue, it welcomes contribution from others.

Interested parties/organisations who wish to contribute via GDRN and YH can contact YH Community development and humanitarian disaster relief head Anita Ahmad (6019-2782707, email: anita.ahmad@hasanah.org.my) and TM and GDRN Secretariat head, corporate responsibility and external stakeholders management head, Izad Ismail (6019-3366035, email: izad@tm.com.my).

The GDRN was created in 2013 through the Putrajaya Committee for GLC High Performance (PCG) with Khazanah Nasional Bhd serving as its secretariat. 

The network was deployed between 2013 and 2016 in various relief and reconstruction works, especially during major floods in Kelantan, Pahang, and Johor. 

The GDRN Secretariat is led by TM, as PCG successor entity, since 2014.

-- BERNAMA

 

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