More than 500 Sarawak’s Volunteer Joined to Raise Thousands of PPEs

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20th April 2020

Kuching, Sarawak

500 volunteers and Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA)

More than 500 volunteers in Sarawak join the #JagaSamaDirik movement together to produce personal protective equipment (PPE) for distribution to health workers. The initiative aims to increase the number of PPEs needed daily by the group in the fight against the COVID-19 outbreak. According to the group’s representative, Hazwan Razak, the initiative was a grassroots movement that had no personal or profit-based interests. He, who is also the head of the Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) Digital Village Unit, said that besides producing PPE, they are also actively helping families in need. He said volunteers were given their respective roles in making this initiative a success. “#JagaSamaDirik is a grassroots movement with volunteers from various backgrounds including practitioners and technology makers to help frontline workers and the local community. “The movement has expanded to include organizations, businesses, universities and individuals with the same goal of creating a positive impact on society,” he said. On PPE, he said, among the items produced included disposable face protectors, headgear, footwear and overall cover for health workers. Obviously, the manufacture of such products involves the use of technologies such as 3D design software, 3D printers, laser cutters, fabrics, sewing machines, glue and adhesive tape. At the same time, the comfort element is given priority in the production of the goods to ensure that the employee can perform his duties well. Hazwan added that all the assistance will continue to be distributed to all COVID-19 treatment centres in Sarawak who have submitted their requests. More than 30,000 PPEs have been distributed and volunteers are still devoting their energy to producing more of these tools to meet the shortage of health centres. Meanwhile, he said the movement was also helping families in need by providing food items as a result of the contributions of many. “This donation will be packaged as a Charity Package and distributed by volunteers to families in need,” he said. He also urged the public to jointly donate in the form of food supplies or PPE to the SMA Creative Heritage Innovation Centre at several special locations in Sibu, Bintulu and Miri, hopefully can be provided from 9am to 3pm daily. For those who would like to make a donation, they can do so by channelling it into the St Mary’s Student Association’s (RHB Bank: 21101600086818) account.



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