Back in March this year, as the COVID-19 pandemic began to surge across the country (and world), Proton quickly arranged to provide the Ministry of Health (MoH) with 50 vehicles to help their frontliners move around to any hotspots in need of urgent attention.
The fight against COVID-19 has not ended and throughout the year, Proton has been actively supporting the MoH in various ways. Recently, it also loaned 8 units of the Proton X70 to the ministry for use in Sabah.
Help in logistics and surveillance efforts
The SUVs will be used to assist in the ministry’s logistics and surveillance efforts in the ongoing COVID-19 fight. The hand-over was carried out at Fook Loi Corporation, a Proton dealership in Kota Kinabalu.
“The Covid-19 pandemic is probably one of the most challenging times we have faced as a nation. As a Malaysian brand, Proton feels that it is our duty to step up, and we have been supporting the government’s efforts from the outset. Logistics in Sabah is far more challenging than in the peninsular. This next batch of X70s will act as ferry vehicles for doctors, nurses and MoH officials as and when needed. We hope our contribution will help to ease the logistical needs of medical frontliners in Sabah,” said Roslan Abdullah, CEO of Proton Edar.
Besides providing vehicles, Proton also produced 60,000 units of face shields in April at their Shah Alam factory in Selangor. The face shields, essential items in the Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), were distributed to government hospitals in the country, as well as other frontliners such as members of the police and armed forces.