Dufu Technology chief and company donate RM1 million in total to Penang Covid-19 Fund
THE Penang Covid-19 Fund received a RM1 million boost today following a recent appeal by the Penang government for assistance to help equip the state Health Department in the fight against the coronavirus.
Dufu Technology Corp Bhd has stepped forward to donate RM500,000 while its Group executive chairman, Lee Hui Ta, who is also known as Li Hui Ta, also donated RM500,000 in his own capacity to the fund.
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow received a mock cheque from Lee himself and another mock cheque from Dufu Technology Group chief executive officer Yeoh Beng Hooi in Komtar today. Also present at the cheque handover ceremony was Dufu Group chief financial officer David Khoo Chong Beng.
Lee (centre) having a chat with Chow after the cheque presentation. With them is Yeoh (left).
“In response to the state government’s appeal for assistance to the state Health Department, either through contributions in kind or cash, we have received some response so that Covid-19 patients admitted to the hospital and other facilities can receive adequate healthcare.
“On behalf of the Penang state government, I would like to record my deepest appreciation to Dufu Technology and Mr Lee for their kind contribution.
“This money will be channelled to the state Health Department by equipping them to increase their capacity as required.
“Since Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 March, we’re very indeed thankful to the many corporate citizens in Penang, NGOs, private sector organisations and community-based organisations for responding and collaborating with the state government and the state Health Department as we face this challenge together,” Chow said in his speech at the ceremony.
He added that through the collaborative effort, assistance has been granted to those who have been impacted by Covid-19 through the various initiatives.
Chow said the latest initiative was turning the Caring Society Complex to a Covid-19 quarantine and treatment centre which required some facility to be put in place.
“I’m happy to announce that the centre is now open and has already received several patients two days ago.
“Once again, thank you very much for this kind contribution and I hope your good deed will also encourage other corporate citizens to make this contribution to the Penang Covid-19 Fund,” Chow added.
”We’re responding to the call for assistance by the chief minister last week. As you know, the number of Covid-19 cases in Penang recently is very high. Actually, if you look at the medical supply and healthcare system, it is very important to be equipped to be effective in the fight against Covid-19.Lee, Hui-Ta also known as Li Hui TaExecutive Chairman
Lee said the contribution by Dufu, a public-listed company, was part of its corporate social responsibility.
“We’re responding to the call for assistance by the chief minister last week. As you know, the number of Covid-19 cases in Penang recently is very high.
“Actually, if you look at the medical supply and healthcare system, it is very important to be equipped to be effective in the fight against Covid-19,” Lee said.
”We hope that with this contribution, we will be able to give some relief to the local healthcare system so that we can save more lives.Yeoh Beng HooiChief Executive Officer
Yeoh said Dufu, which specialises in manufacturing precision machining parts and components since 1987, wanted to give back something to the community. The company currently has a plant each in Bayan Lepas, Seberang Perai and China.
“We hope that with this contribution, we will be able to give some relief to the local healthcare system so that we can save more lives.
“We also appreciate that the vaccination rate in the state is quite good. Hopefully, everything will get better and get well soon. Then, everybody will be able to get back to business and the children able to get back to school,” Yeoh said.