Malaysia-UAE eye more collaborations besides tackling COVID-19

Kuala Lumpur, 12 May 2020- Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are eyeing more collaborations other than the efforts to tackle COVID-19, said Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.

He said this will not only benefit Malaysians stranded overseas but also in obtaining medication and vaccines  to curb the outbreak.

“On behalf of the Malaysian Government, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the UAE’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Sheikh Abdullah Zayed Al Nahyan and UAE’s top leadership.

“This contribution is proof of the long-standing bilateral Malaysia-UAE relationship,” he said in a statement here today.

The Foreign Ministry today received a donation of medical equipment from the UAE comprising 14,000 units of disinfectant fluid estimated to weigh about seven tonnes.

The handover of the donation was broadcast live on Hishammuddin’s official Facebook page with the UAE represented by its Ambassador to Malaysia, Khalid Ghanim Mohammad Al-Ghaith while Wisma Putra was represented by secretary-general Datuk Seri Muhammad Shahrul Ikram Yaakob.

According to Hishammuddin, some of the donated medical equipment will be included in Malaysia’s Diplomatic Equipment Stockpile (MDES) initiative to be distributed to Wisma Putera’s COVID-19 front-line personnel as well as Malaysian representatives overseas.

He said the UAE also donated other forms of medical equipment including test kits for antigen for  the Ministry of Health on March 30.

Meanwhile, on April 27, UAE donated 20,000 units of RT PCR test kits; 37,000 units of IgC IgM test its; 20,000 units of viral transport medium swab and one automated extraction machine.

On MDES, Hishammuddin said since the initiative was launched on March 30, there has been good response particularly on Wisma Putra’s social media sites where the ministry’s frontline personnel including those overseas posted comments about the medical equipment they received from the initiative.

He said the MDES accepts donations from both local and international individuals, corporations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

He also welcomed more contributions through MDES while expressing appreciation and support for the ministry’s COVID-19 frontliners.