The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Malaysia has skyrocketed in the past few weeks. The situation was so sudden and severe that the government has enforced a two week Movement Control Order that limits travel as well as temporarily shutting down brick & mortar stores and businesses with the exception of essential industries.
In order to help the Malaysian government overcome this hurdle, companies have begun to donate valuable equipment and products that will help the frontline workers combat the spread of the coronavirus. One such company is the Malaysia Rubber Glove Manufacturers Association (Margma), which has pledged to donate 19 million medical gloves to the government.
In a statement on 24 March, its president, Denis Low, said these include the many batches of gloves contributed by association members to hospitals, police stations and local authorities within their respective vicinity in the last few days.
“Our members were given approval to operate as essential services sector at 50 per cent production capacity and this had led to a shortfall of gloves around the world. We urge the government to allow the rubber glove industry to operate at 100 per cent so that we can meet the surge in demand for rubber gloves from many parts of the world,” he said, expressing hope that the epidemic will be contained and resolved quickly in Malaysia and other countries.
Margma is not the only glove company lending their support to Malaysia. Top Glove Corporation Bhd, the world’s largest manufacturer of gloves, has also committed to donating 2.5 million pieces of medical gloves to aid the fight against COVID-19. The company had also donated millions of gloves to China earlier in the year to help contain the situation in ground zero.
Tan Sri Dr Lim Wee Chai, Executive Chairman of Top Glove said, “We are pleased to be in a position to help the many front liners who are putting their lives on the line on a daily basis. We believe proper use of these gloves will help protect these selfless people. We also hope this pandemic, which has caused so much suffering and disruption on a global scale, will come to an end soon”.