KUCHING – A team of committed staff and individuals will continue to take care of more than 30 animal species at the Matang Wildlife Center during the current Movement Control Order (MCO) imposed due to the current COVID-19 outbreak.
With minimum manpower present, they will still continue to give attention to these animals particularly feeding, cleaning the enclosures, behavioral enrichment exercise and minor maintenance works at the center.
KUCHING – With the Movement Control Order (MCO) in place until May 12, the atmosphere of Ramadan, the hustle and the bustle of the Ramadan Bazaar and the general festive preparation for the breaking of fast, is surely missed by Muslims and non-Muslims alike, locals as well as visitors to Sarawak.
As Malaysians are practicing social distancing in a bid to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is impossible to have a physical bazaar. However, Ramadan is simply not Ramadan in Sarawak without local delicacies such as Bubur Pedas, Sarawak Laksa, Mee Kolo, Umai (raw marinated fish), Teh C Peng (three-layered iced tea) and much more.
This Ramadan, thanks to the MCO, locals need to plan ahead and cook their own buka puasa dishes or alternatively order traditional favourites through e-bazaar services and apps.
“Although this year Ramadan is celebrated differently, we will still continue with our tradition of donating to the poor and with the help of technology, spread positive and inspiring messages to cheer everyone,” said Sarawak Tourism Board’s (STB), Chief Executive Officer, Sharzede Datu Haji Salleh Askor.
“Indeed, Ramadan is a time of prayer, spiritual reflection and reaching out to aid the needy, more so during times of crisis such as this. While we stay safe at home with our families, we can also connect with friends and relatives virtually, still fostering a spirit of community bonding during this difficult time. We should continue to be grateful for we still can celebrate Ramadan with our families with food on the table,” she added.
This pandemic shall pass. To all Muslims out there, stay safe, stay at home and selamat berpuasa.
The Management and staff of Sarawak Tourism Board wishes all Muslims, partners, readers and well-wishers a Blessed Ramadan.
Please be informed that our main office will be closed from March 18 to May 12, to adhere to the Malaysian Government’s official instruction on the closure of Government institutions during the COVID-19 outbreak in the country.
It is our utmost concern, especially towards our staffs, tourists and visitors alike, to keep safe and help to contain the spread of the deadly virus.
BINTULU – For the third time, a local company, Adap 4orty Global presented personal protective equipment (PPEs) to the hospitals, polyclinics and quarantine centres in Bintulu, as well as the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) in Kuching for the frontliners involved in fighting the COVID-19 outbreak.
Previously, the organisation donated about 11,000 hand gloves, 688 disposal suits, 200 pairs of shoes and 40 boxes of face masks.
Apart from that, they also presented electrical equipment such as fans, refrigerators, spraying machines and toiletries.
“This is one of our corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives. We are always ready to help, and we recommend the hospitals to continue contacting us for futher assistance”, said Adap 4orty Global spokesperson Francis Ngu Hown Hua.
KOTA SAMARAHAN – On March 6, 2020, four medical institutions in Sarawak received health equipment from University Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) to assist the front-liners who were battling against COVID-19.
The recipients were Sarawak General Hospital (SGH), Sarawak Heart Centre, Samarahan Health Clinic and Kuching Specialist Hospital (KPJ).
SGH received 23 litres of hand sanitiser, nine intubation boxes, and 100 face shields; Sarawak Heart Centre received one intubation box and 30 face shields; Samarahan Health Clinic received two sampling boxes, five litres of hand sanitiser and 50 face shields; while KPJ received two intubation boxes and 50 face shields.
Previously, UNIMAS had also delivered two self-manufactured intubation boxes and 100 custom-made face shields to SGH, hand sanitiser to their own Institute of Health and Community Medicine (IHCM), the UNIMAS Health Centre, residential colleges and the Kota Samarahan Royal Malaysia Police.
The intubation box was customised by Dr Charles Bong Hin Joo, a lecturer from the Faculty of Engineering UNIMASN and his team so that it would have sliding doors on both sides for easy tube insertions.
The hand sanitiser was developed by researchers from the Faculty of Resource Science and Technology led by Associate Prof Dr Samsur Mohamad and his team, while the face shields were jointly constructed by the Faculty of Cognitive Sciences and Human Development, Faculty of Built Environment, and Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology.
KUCHING – The Ministry of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development had distributed a total of 177,893 packs of food to the front-liners from 16 agencies from divisional to district levels across Sarawak from March 24 to April 2, 2020.
“Yesterday (April 2), I have approved requests for additional packs from PDRM (Royal Malaysia Police) and PGA (General Operations Force) as additional staff had to be deployed to further beef up on the enforcement of MCO (Movement Control Order)”, said the Minister of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development, Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah.
Apart from food, the Sarawak Government has also provided “Rest Rooms” at the Astana Wing Riverside Majestic to the medical staff who are front-liners at the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH). It was made possible with the collaboration by Chong Estate Realty in fulfilling its corporate social responsibility (CSR).
“As of yesterday (April 2), 50 rooms were used by 120 doctors, nurses, assistant medical officers and drivers”, she added.
On behalf of the state government, Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah recorded her sincere thanks to all front-liners.
“We salute you for your committed services and sacrifices to combat and contain Covid-19.”
KUCHING – Several hotels and buildings in Sarawak have lighted up their buildings with heart shaped designs to share the message of love for all amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
It is also part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) to show support for front-liners who are battling daily and for many that are affected by the outbreak – physically, mentally and emotionally.
“We believe that during this difficult time; it is important to be there for one another. Carrying on with whatever aspects of work that we can with a heart,” said Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) Chief Executive Officer, Sharzede Datu Haji Salleh Askor.
She said other organisations have also stepped-up to contribute and provide assistance.
“It is wonderful to see how these organisations have come together with such act of kindness, taking responsibility for the comfort and well-being of our hardworking front-liners, who have put their own lives on the line, for the public good,” she added, sending her thoughts, love and prayers to all front-liners to be safe and strong.