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RENOWNED member of MMC Group, Northport Bhd has joined forces with Shin Yang Corp Bhd (Shin Yang) to support the Malaysian Relief Agency (MRA), a relief mission to assist frontliners and communities impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic in Sabah and Sarawak.
In a statement yesterday, Northport said more than 10 tonnes of supplies worth RM1.24 million were packed in three containers and shipped to Kuching, Sibu, Kota Kinabalu (KK) and Tawau using Shin Yang’s shipping services via Northport.
The supplies contributed in this mission consisted of medical items and equipment including intensive care unit beds and mattresses, electrocardiogram systems, ventilators, infusion pumps, syringe pumps, laryngoscope, face masks, personal protective equipment and 500 packs of food items.
Northport CEO Datuk Azman Shah Mohd Yusof said it provided support through the handling of aid items, as well as provision of storage and port services at its container terminal.
“This collaboration is a platform and an opportunity for Northport to stand together with our business partners to help those in need during this crisis.
“We are very pleased to offer our expertise and facilities to help organisations such as MRA in ensuring the success of this noble initiative,” he said in the statement.
According to Azman Shah, Northport had participated in a similar humanitarian aid mission to Wuhan, China last year with Sinotrans Logistics (M) Sdn Bhd.
It also organised a donation campaign among its employees to help the affected flood victims in several states in the country, and the donation was also channelled through MRA.
“Northport has always been very supportive towards humanitarian assistance initiatives as part of our continued commitment to help the society in need.
“As a responsible corporate organisation, we will continue to play our part through our CSR (corporate social responsibility) programmes, as well as collaborative efforts with our business partners to support the people and the country as we battle this crisis.
“Let us pray for our frontliners and the affected communities to stay strong during this challenging time,” Azman Shah said.
Meanwhile, Shin Yang CEO Captain Ting Hien Liong said he was glad to be a part of the mission and be able to go beyond its day-to-day business operations.
“We have been facilitating the trade between West and East Malaysia for many years now, and we are grateful to offer our ship-ping services to move these relief supplies to help the frontliners and the communities impacted by Covid-19 in Sabah and Sarawak,” he said.
Additionally, MRA president Dr Mohd Daud Sulaiman said the collaboration was necessary to ensure a safe and timely delivery of the humanitarian aid supplies especially to destinations which require special logistics arrangements.
“We would like to thank Northport, Shin Yang and our corporate and individual donors especially The Edge Covid-19 Fund for their support and contribution towards this relief mission,” he concluded.