Clans association praised for donating face masks to UTC Komtar frontliners


PENANG Gee Tuck Clans Association (PGTCA) came forward to donate 120 boxes of medical grade three layers of face masks to 12 government departments and agencies at Urban Transformation Centre (UTC) Komtar through the state government in Komtar today.


PGTCA president Ong Kok Hua, whose association represents 12 clans, presented the boxes of face masks to their representatives in a handover ceremony that was witnessed by Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow.


Chow (third from right) looking at the boxes of face masks that Penang Gee Tuck Clans Association had presented for UTC Komtar frontliners. With him are Ong (second from right), Chuah (right) and Chew (wearing black face mask).


Chow commended the clans’ association for its caring programme to help the state fight Covid-19 pandemic.


“Since the Covid-19 pandemic struck, the state government has received various forms of donations, including face masks and sanitisers, from non-governmental organisations and individuals,” Chow said in his speech.


“They are then distributed free of charge to frontliners and the general public in Penang.


“Today, I am happy to be here to express my support to all the parties who are always with the state government in carrying out their corporate initiatives.


“Indeed, the state government greatly appreciates this contribution from the Penang Gee Tuck Clans Association as the counter staff of various departments and agencies at UTC Komtar are among the frontliners who are also exposed to the dangers of the virus while providing the best service to the people.”


Ong presenting boxes of face masks to one of the recipients at UTC Komtar. Also present were Chow (second from right) and Chuah (left).


Chow also called upon all Penangites to register as soon as possible for the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme.


“We’ve now entered into the second year of the Covid-19 pandemic. The earlier the people get vaccinated, the faster will be our health and economic recovery. If not, the impact on our health and livelihood may be worse,” Chow said.


The 12 beneficiaries of the face masks were the Inland Revenue Board, Immigration Department, National Registration Department, Road Transport Department, Health Ministry Clinic, National Higher Education Fund Corporation, Malaysian Department of Information, National Population and Family Development Board, Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development, Royal Malaysian Police, Public Services Commission, Ministry of Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives and Jobs Malaysia.


Also present were at the ceremony PGTCA deputy president Chow You Kuan, and vice-chairmen Chew Teng Hooi, Chuah Chin Kok and Johnson P’ng.


Story by K.H. Ong

Pix by Muhamad Amir Irsyad Omar Amir

Video by Chan Kok Kuan