29 July, PETALING JAYA – Moved by the selflessness of healthcare frontliners around the country, Tropicana Corporation Berhad (Tropicana) and Thai Odyssey Sdn Bhd (Thai Odyssey) have joined forces in producing and donating face shields to KPJ Damansara Specialist Hospital (KPJ Damansara). This initiative is part of Tropicana yearly Corporate Social Responsibility efforts to give back to the community and also joint relief efforts with Thai Odyssey to help frontliners in the ongoing fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Malaysia.
With healthcare professionals in private hospital still in need of protective gear, the property developer joint forces with the wellness centre operator and turned some of its workforce into face shield production, helping to produce face shields for KPJ Damansara, which protect frontline healthcare professionals from potential virus-containing droplets released by coughing, sneezing and other forms of close contact.
On hand to present the boxes of Tropicana-Thai Odyssey face shields to the Chief Executive Officer from KPJ Damansara, Puan Fawziah Muhammad were Encik Mohd Zapi Abdullah, who is the Executive Director of Tropicana as well as Dr. Leon Chuah who is the Group Managing Director of Thai Odyssey.
“The great community support from companies like yours is of tremendous comfort to us in our daily roles caring for our patients. This donation from Tropicana and Thai Odyssey is much appreciated to keep our patients and families safe,” Puan Fawziah Muhammad said.
The initiative could not have been timelier as the need to support healthcare frontliners continues to grow during the pandemic, as Encik Mohd Zapi implored Malaysians to continue contributing.
“These are unprecedented times, and many healthcare frontliners are being put to test under extraordinary circumstances,” said Encik Mohd Zapi. We are grateful to the frontliners and we donated in appreciation of their dedicated efforts in battling COVID-19, and now more than ever, we shall all work together to help them. We hope Malaysians will continue to stay vigilant, follow government’s standard operating procedures and also continue to contribute in lessening the burden on our healthcare frontliners in recognition of the fact that the war against COVID-19 is far from over,” he said.
“We could not be happier to assist those on the front lines, and would like to thank Tropicana for the chance to work together in producing and donating the much-needed face shields,” Dr Leon Chuah said.
The initiative, ended with KPJ Damansara receiving a total of 3,000 units of face shields created with curated items like sponge sheets, binding covers and elastic bands. The specifications for the donated face shields were coordinated with the hospital to ensure they met necessary standards.
Prior to this initiative, Tropicana had donated RM1.5 million worth of medical equipment and supplies to the hospitals and health departments identified by the Ministry of Health Malaysia and had also donated 200,000 pieces of face masks to the Selangor State Government for distribution to frontline personnel. In appreciation for the sacrifices and dedication of healthcare workers, Thai Odyssey offered free massage vouchers to all frontliners which were subsequently claimed by 177 frontliners.
As of 28 July, 2020, the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in Malaysia stood at 8,943, with 124 fatalities.