MASKargo transports medical goods in Malaysia’s fight against Covid-19
30 / 03 / 2020
By Rachelle Harry
The MAB KARGO SDN (MASkargo) team is helping to ensure that Malaysians have access to much-needed medical equipment and supplies during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Working in collaboration with the National Disaster Agency of Malaysia (NADMA), the Ministry of Transport (MOT), the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), MASKargo has helped to manage flight plans and cargo space for medical goods being flow into the country, predominantly from China.
On March 18, a flight from China carried 300,000 disposable masks, 50,000 protective suits and 8,000 protective suits with eye masks, which were donated by the Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation, to Malaysia.
Later in March, thanks to a collaboration between NADMA, MOT and Malaysian pharmaceutical company Pharmaniaga Berhad, flights from Shanghai and Canton brough ventilator parts and more than 10 medical masks to Malaysia.
In addition to having flown the medical shipments from China to Malaysia, MASKargo is providing free storage space for the goods.
MASkargo chief executive Ibrahim Mohamed Salleh, commented: “We have changed our freighter schedules to manage these high priority cargo movements. There were difficulties due to airport restrictions but with cooperation by both governments, the kinks were ironed out and our team has been working day and night to ensure that the medical equipment arrives safely in Malaysia.
“To address the capacity shortage, we are also looking at passenger-to-cargo flights where Malaysia Airlines’ passenger aircraft are used to fly only cargo out of China,” he continued.