Reprot on Food Aid Donations from Kuok Foundation Berhad - Batch #4
On 18 Mar 2020, Malaysia Movement Control Order (MCO) was implemented as a preventive measure by the federal government of Malaysia in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. From the period of 18 Mar to 4 May, the MCO prohibited mass assembly nationwide, including all religious, sports, social and cultural activities; all industries and businesses were closed except for essential services; All schools, nurseries and learning centers were closed, citizens were barred from leaving the country and restrictions placed for entry of non-Malaysian into the country.
CREST activated emergency response for COVID-19 in January 2020 by assisting Wuhan City and later, Hubei Province. As COVID-19 spread internationally, Malaysia’s Ministry of Health detected multiple local transmission clusters in early March. The largest cluster was due to a religious gathering held from 27 February to 1 March 2020 in Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur.
By the 10th of March, Malaysia was ranked first among Southeast Asia countries for the highest number of confirmed cases reported. Very quickly, a public health emergency was declared by the government and a Movement Control Order (MCO) (referred in some countries as a lockdown) to break the chain of local transmission was imposed. During the same period, WHO announced on 11 March that the spread of COVID-19 has become a global pandemic.
The first MCO which started on 18 March 2020 was planned for 14 days. However, it was later extended. Subsequently, MCO was replaced by Recovery MCO which commenced on 10 June until further announcement.
After the first arrival of our shipment in Shanghai on 25 February 2020, we began to plan for the next phase of our response. Based on the accounts, we have received a total of RM561,363.75 as at 29th February. We thank God for the Chinese Methodist churches in Sarawak for contributing RM328,000 and a church in Setia Alam for donating RM150,000.