China sends face masks to Malaysia


China sends face masks to Malaysia
Image adapted from:
China Embassy in Malaysia

Over the past month, almost everyone has been scavenging stores for face masks and sanitisers to protect themselves against COVID-19. But with a Movement Control Order in place nationwide, we no longer have much need for them as most of us are now confined to our homes till 31st March 2020. 

This means that there should be sufficient stock of masks for hospital staff, who are in most need of them as they battle the virus on the front lines. To provide support for Malaysians going through this plight, China has sent over more than 20 huge boxes of face masks to Hospital Sungai Buloh – a story which has been spreading positivity and harmony online.


China Embassy sends face masks to Hospital Sungai Buloh


China Embassy in Malaysia sends lorry of face masks
Image credit:
China Embassy in Malaysia

On 19th March 2020, China Embassy in Malaysia uploaded photos of boxes being unloaded from a lorry to Hospital Sungai Buloh on their official Facebook page

These included over 20 large boxes, each filled with boxes of 60 face masks for medical officers to use at this government hospital, which is one of the designated spots to treat those who’ve been diagnosed with COVID-19

Boxes of face masks
Image credit:
China Embassy in Malaysia

The lorry also came with a banner that had a Malay idiom –Bukit Sama Didaki Lurah Sama Dituruni– that’s also translated into Chinese. 

It can be directly translated from both languages to English as: “We climb the mountain together, and we descend into the valley together. Let’s fight COVID-19 with cooperation and harmony”. 

Lorry with banner
Image adapted from:
China Embassy in Malaysia


Malaysia sent 18 million gloves to China before


Malaysia sends gloves to China
Image credit:
MPI 

When China was seeing the worst of the COVID-19 outbreak, Malaysia also pledged to send 18 million rubber gloves at the beginning of February 2020. This included donations from Malaysia China Silk Route Chamber and Malaysia Rubber Export Promotion Council, which showed that Malaysia was also willing to lend a helping hand to others in need as well.


We’re not the only ones to receive help


China sends medical supplies to Italy
Image credit:
Xiaomi Italia 

China has been sending medical supplies to other countries facing outbreaks too, including Japan and Italy, with similar words of encouragement. Donations sent to Italy on behalf of Xiaomi even came with a poem that read: “We are waves of the same sea, leaves of the same tree, flowers of the same garden”. 


Netizens react to China’s donation


Commenters on China Embassy in Malaysia’s Facebook post about the donations saw netizens commending the show of harmony between the 2 countries, and being positive about squashing the outbreak.

Facebook comment
A comment posted by Praba Mohanan on China Embassy in Malaysia’s Facebook post
Image credit: China Embassy in Malaysia

The deed was also resposted on Twitter by user, Sakinah Al-Habshee, which has garnered over 13,000 retweets and 11,000 likes from netizens applauding the donation as well. 

Twitter post
Original post from Sakinah Al-Habshee
Image adapted from: @serenitysakinah

With all the negativity and questionable comments spewed online regarding the outbreak, the responses to her tweet was also filled with wholesome comments calling for further unity and harmony as Malaysia continues to fight COVID-19. 

Twitter comment
Comment seen on Sakinah Al-Habshee’s Twitter post
Image adapted from: @lareinalenea


China sends face masks to Malaysia


Malaysia Medical Officers
Image credit:
KEMENTERIAN KESIHATAN MALAYSIA

With how easily fake news is spread nowadays, it’s no surprise to see hate and fear being spewed on social media. Which is why it’s important to remember that we’re all in this together. So show your support to those fighting on the front lines by staying at home, and don’t contribute to the hate online during this time.

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